2009 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3: The First Test

April 23, 2009

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On Tuesday we tested our M3 on with 1,166 miles on the clock in 96-degree weather. Neither of these conditions were ideal. But do either of them really matter? No, probably not. Why not? Well, because the 34 miles remaining to our official 1,200-mile milestone wouldn't have made the M3 any faster or extended its durability any longer. And the weather, well, we correct for weather.

Still, we could tell the M3's 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 was working hard in the boiling atmosphere at our test track.

Acceleration

0-30: 2.0 sec.

0-45: 3.4 sec.

0-60: 4.8 sec. (4.5 sec. with 1-foot rollout like on a dragstrip)

0-75: 6.7 sec.

1/4-mile: 12.9 @109.8

These times are identical to those produced by the last M3 sedan we tested which just happened to be in a comparison test against the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63. That test was performed in 82-degree weather.

Braking

30-0: 26 ft.

60-0: 105 ft.

The M3's brakes needed quite a few stops to reach maximum efficiency and achieve this stopping distance, but they never hinted at fade.

Handling

Skidpad: .90g

Slalom: 70.0 mph

These numbers are both lower than our previous test car which was fitted with the optional 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport rubber (our car has 18-inch wheels). We also tested the M Dynamic stability control mode which produced .87g on the skidpad and a 69.4-mph slalom speed.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ something more than 1200 miles. Relax.

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