According to those testers who have driven the latest model M3, the straight six twin turbo model does not have the evocative sound of its predecessors – the naturally aspirated straight sixes and the recent 4.0 liter V8.
The engine is a 3.0 liter unit with two single-scroll turbos, variable valve lift and timing and direct fuel injection developing 317 kW/550 Nm output. Fuel consumption is 8.3 L/100 km.
The final drive is an ‘active’ multi plate differential that acts like torque vectoring ensuring the rear end remains stable.
The transmission itself is a seven speed dual-clutch MDCT unit with small increments between gears to give a relative close ratio effect.
Much of the drive feel in the new M3 is even better than before. It is certainly the fastest and quickest M3 ever with a zero to 100 km/h of around 4 seconds.
Though its sounds bad, the M3 is unreal to drive offering incredible cornering, steering, braking, grip and acceleration.
The suspension settings can be from comfortable ranging up to firm depending on driver selections and the car itself is crammed with luxury kit, safety and driver assist features – it is after all the top 3-Series.
So, other than the exhaust note, there is not much to complain about with the new M3. And the price tag, which will be also the top 3-Series!