2013 BMW M3 Manual V8 Coupe RWD 

  • $60k
  • 4.0L V8
  • 14 city 20 hwy
6.9 Out of 10
$60,100
 
With a full host of modern airbags, stability and traction controls, and advanced dynamic performance stability controls, plus its innate handling and braking capabilities, however, the M3 is likely to be a very safe car-and the 3-Series Coupe and Convertible it's based on has performed admirably in crash-testing, too.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
Handling, as you'd expect of the M3, is excellent, despite this being the heaviest M3 to date by a considerable margin.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the BMW 3 Series

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

BMW M3
6.8
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

BMW M3
7.9
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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BMW M3
7.0
NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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BMW M3
5.7
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

6.9

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

BMW M3
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the BMW 3 Series

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

BMW M3
$15,384

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

BMW M3
18 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

BMW M3
$3,364

Reviews Word on the street for the BMW 3 Series


9.4
The driver can choose from a multitude of suspension and engine preferences using M Drive, which controls the electronic stability system, steering response, ride comfort and throttle response.

8.4
The 2013 BMW M3 coupe begins just over $62,000, while the hardtop convertible commands a hefty $9,000 premium over its fixed-roof counterpart.

Overall

8.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

We North Americans feel strongly that such a thing should exist in performance vehicles, so BMW is making the six-speed manual available as a no-cost alternative to the dual-clutch seven-speed automatic that is the M5's standard transmission all over the world.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)
Both turbocharged mills offer a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear or (with newly-available xDrive) all four wheels.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
For the M5, BMW has taken over the six-speed ratios and all, from the 550i model and bolted it to the M5's 560-hp, twin-turbocharged V-8.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)

Transmission

As expected, 2013 BMW 3 Series sedans come well equipped with Leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, halogen head- and fog lamps with automatic headlight control, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive brake lights, run-flat all-season tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 9-speaker audio system with HD Radio and a USB port.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
But this marriage of manual transmission to M5 is not an especially happy one.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)
The manual-transmission car inherits most of the dual-clutch car's embarrassment of choices, but it doesn't provide the one setting choice we'd like.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)

Performance

BMW's double-vanos variable valve timing is used, as are individual throttle bodies for each cylinder that provide improved throttle response.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)
BMW says the M3 goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)
BMW's M Division has tuned the suspension to deliver a firm, sporty ride and absolutely brilliant track dynamics for a road car, with ready turn-in, ample on-throttle oversteer available, and very good, if not quite excellent steering feel.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)

Handling

So while this M5 remains an impressively powerful high-speed sled, its remote steering, control fussiness, and general aloofness remain.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)
As you would expect from a performance car, large four-wheel disc brakes bring the M3 to a halt.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)
BMW PARKING ASSISTANTThis feature helps you to maneuver into parallel parking spaces by first measuring a potential space's size to be sure the car will comfortably fit, then automatically steering into it.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)

Manual

And we're delighted that BMW decided to make the manual available.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)
The clutch takeup is abrupt.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)
The surprise was that, after our time in the manual-equipped car, we might actually choose the DCT, were we buying an M5.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand BMW
Body style Coupe
Model year 2013
City range 232 miles
Highway range 332 miles
MSRP $60k
Annual cost $15,384

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 4.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V8
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 10 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $350
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0
Navigation system Optional, $1,350
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 5
EPA GHG score 3
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.3 g
Combined CO2/mile 554 g
NMOG/mile 0.08 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 128 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 83 tons

power & handling

Max torque 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM
Max HP 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 8.95 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 14.21 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 13.82 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 245 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 71 in
Front track width 60.6 in
Height 55.8 in
Length 181.8 in
Wheelbase 108.7 in
Curb weight 3,704 lb
GVWR 4,586 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 4 seats
Front seat room 51 ft³
Rear seat room 37 ft³
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