The “M” designation used to stand for a supreme-confidence and ultra-track-driving segment of BMW known as the “Motorsport Division”. Since the addition of an SUV (or two) to the M line, the power of the “M” has faded somewhat. The 2011 BMW M3, however, retains all of the glory of the olden days, allowing buyers the opportunity to give almost every Porsche on the road a run for its money. BMW hasn’t changed much about the speedy M3 for 2011, which is indisputably a positive thing.
Safety and Specifications
The government and car insurance industry haven’t performed crash tests on the 2011 M3 as of this writing, but the new M3 offers all of the car safety equipment it has in the past. Standard safety features include full-length side-curtain airbags, front seat side airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. The BMW M3’s specs are as follows:
- Car pricing: MSRP: $55,400 – $67,050; Invoice $51,150 – $61,865
- Engine: 4.0-liter V-8 at a thundering 414 horsepower
- Fuel Economy: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Acceleration: Zero to sixty miles per hour in a very comfortable 4.6 seconds
- Transmission: six-speed manual transmission standard with a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual optional
- Competitors: Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V
- Warranty: 4-years/50,000 miles
One of the few changes BMW has made to the 2011 M3 is the addition of LED taillights to the coupe and the convertible, as you can see in our gallery of M3 photos. Still available as a coupe, sedan, or retractable-hardtop convertible, the BMW M3 is a high-performance vehicle, with a high-performance exterior to match. Standard exterior features include 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, xenon headlights, and short, and keyless entry. A competition package option is also new for 2011 and offers a lowered suspension, better aerodynamics, and special wheel designs. Auto reviews praise the aggressive and distinctive look of the M3 with the competition package, available on the coupe and the sedan.
The interior of the 2011 BMW M3 carries over basically unchanged for the new model year. The M3 earns consistent praise in car reviews for its supportive yet comfortable sports seats. The seats will keep you in place during aggressive driving and keep you comfortable on long drives. On the other hand, the backseat is not quite as comfortable and has very little room to offer. Standard interior features include HD radio, automatic climate control, power-adjustable sports seats with memory functions, cruise control, and a 10-speaker audio system.
The M3 has always been known as a high-performance machine, and the 2011 model lives up to this proud heritage. From the race track to congested highways, the M3 handles well and rides comfortably. The electronic damper control option allows drivers to decide what suspension setting they will use (Comfort, Normal or Sport). The 414-hp, 4.0-liter V8 is still a masterpiece of automotive engineering, propelling the 2011 BMW M3 from zero to 60 mph in an astonishing 4.6 seconds.