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BMW M3 (2007–2013)

Last updated 17 December 2018

Dimensions
Length 4492–4615 mm
Width 1780–1817 mm
Height 1370–1447 mm
Wheelbase 2731–2761 mm
Boot Space 210–450 L

Full specifications

Interior

Inside the M3 it's surprisingly understated considering this is a serious performance car. Aside from the chunky steering wheel, leather upholstery and M badging there's little difference from a standard 3 Series.

This is no bad thing of course - it's simple to get on with, although the iDrive control can make some functions overcomplicated, but overall it's neatly laid out and fuss free. Quality is as top class as you'd expect and the M3 also has some of the best seats around. There's plenty of adjustment, including cushion length and they strike a great balance between comfort and support.

The saloon is the obvious choice for practicality as it has good rear passenger space and a large boot too, but the coupe is still useful and the convertible is a real favourite. As it uses a metal folding roof rather than a fabric hood, it's as secure and as insulating as conventional coupe - ideal in the winter or for motorway driving where it's very quiet. But the roof drops down quickly and effortlessly to allow you to enjoy open-air driving along with that great exhaust note from the V8 engine.

Standard equipment from launch (September 2007):

The M3 is well equipped as you'd expect given its high price with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), metallic paintwork, a carbon-fibre, reinforced-polymer (CFRP) composite roof (on the Coupe), 18-nch M light-alloy wheels double-spoke style, Novillo leather upholstery, anthracite headlining, a six-speed manual transmission, cruise control, Park Distance Control (PDC), daytime driving lights, rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, xenon headlights, M Sports seats, electric seat adjustment with memory, M leather steering wheel with multi-function buttons, automatic air conditioning, automatic, auxiliary input point for auxiliary playing devices, electric windows, an Electronic vehicle immobiliser (EWS IV), Professional sat nav system with an 8.8-inch colour flat screen (LCD), iDrive controller with haptic feedback, on-board computer, and an engine start/stop button.

 

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