2001 BMW M3 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 BMW M3 - Road Test Specs

2001 BMW M3 Coupe

(3.2L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2001
Style2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$46,045
As-tested MSRP$52,700


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeinline 6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)333 @ 7,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)262 @ 4,900
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontAluminum double-pivot strut-type
Suspension, rear4-link integral
Steering typeEngine-speed-sensitive, variable-assist
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport
Tire size, front225/45ZR-18
Tire size, rear225/45ZR-18
Brakes, frontFour-wheel vacuum-assisted ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)5.0
0-75 mph (sec.)7.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.5@105.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)36.1
@ Full throttle (dB)80
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis is one sweet engine! Just when you wonder how BMW is going to continue to improve its products and engines, you get the new M3 for an answer. It revs fast and hard to its 8,000 rpm redline, similar to a motorcycle. The exhaust note at the higher rpms has a certain raspiness to it that is more Formula One than street car. We achieved our best effort on the fifth and final run with the "DSC" switched off, "sport mode" engaged, and shifting around the 8,000 rpm mark. Throttle tip-in while in "sport mode" is incredible, maybe a little too touchy for everyday street driving. Although one would guess that in time you'd get used to its quick responsiveness and make adjustments to your throttle inputs.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBraking matches acceleration in terms of performance, excellent. Our best stop was on the very first run, with the second and third attempts within four feet of the first. On each run the brakes stopped the M3 quickly and with very little ABS system noise. We experienced little to no nose dive and excellent stability.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThis M3 Coupe is one of the best balanced, best handling vehicles we've ever tested. Only a hand-full of vehicles have tested at, or better than, the level at which this vehicle performs. Communicative steering, little body roll and supportive seats, allow you to seek the most from the chassis and suspension. We had confidence in this vehicles ability from the very first run through the cones and on each proceeding run we continued to gain confidence along with speed. All runs were made with the "sport mode" switched on and the "DSC" off. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)71
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto / Manual 16/24
Edmunds observed (mpg)16
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3415
Length (in.)176.8
Width (in.)70.1
Height (in.)54
Wheelbase (in.)107.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)33.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.5
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/ 36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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