For BMW aficionados, the M3 is an iconic high-performance sedan. With aggressive acceleration and exceptional handling, the 2017 BMW M3 holds its ground as one of the best luxury sport sedans you can buy. Even after 30 years on the market, the M3 still has the grace and comfort to make it an all-around best pick in its class.
The 2017 BMW M3 is a four-door, five-passenger sedan based on the BMW 3 Series. The M3 houses a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, with an output of 425 horsepower. Transmission options for the M3 consist of a standard six-speed manual with automated rev-matching or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. According to BMW, the automatic transmission will only need 3.9 seconds to get you from zero to 60 mph, and the manual six-speed will get you there in 4.1 seconds.
With all its high-performance charisma, the 2017 BMW M3 extends its charm to the interior as well. The refined cabin design mimics that of the 3 Series with the addition of some M-centric embellishments, including a carbon-fiber-trimmed dash and center console and leather upholstery with cloth accents. Standard technology features include BMW's iDrive infotainment interface, navigation and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Whether you're preparing for a road trip or an afternoon at the track, the front seats are supportive and comfortable for either activity. You shouldn't receive any complaints from your rear seat passengers either, as rear headroom and legroom can accommodate two average-size adults.
The standard manual transmission M3 will bring an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined (17 city/26 highway), while the automatic will hit a combined 19 mpg (17 city/24 highway). To aid in better fuel economy, automatic engine stop-start technology is standard on every M3. As the name implies, it shuts the engine off to save fuel while the car is stopped.
The 2017 BMW M3 is offered in only one trim level but has a plethora of standard features. There are also optional packages, including the Competition package (which increases peak power by 19 horsepower), the Executive package, the Lighting package and the Driver Assistance Plus package. There are also a limited number of special edition 2017 "30 Jahre M3" (30 Years of M3) models available, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the first-generation M3.
If you're in the market for a high-performance luxury sport sedan, the 2017 BMW M3 will undoubtedly make the cut. Edmunds can help you find the M3 you're looking for.
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