The new M3 looks awesome, with a pronounced crouch to its stance and those punched out guards with the low ride height. The carbon roof adds to the M3’s allure as do the numerous subtle body aero add ons.
Straight up, the new $156,900 straight-six twin turbo model doesn’t sound as good as any of its predecessors – the naturally aspirated straight sixes and the recent 4.0-litre V8. The new one sounds a bit like a boat
The new M3 also has a paddle shift mounted to the wheel and not on the steering column which can be problematic when you are vigorously turning the wheel while trying to make gear changes. You can always leave it in D though.
The engine is a 3.0-litre unit with two single-scroll turbos, variable valve lift and timing and direct fuel injection for 317kW/550Nm output
The ride is comfortable ranging up to firm depending on driver selections and the car itself is crammed with luxury kit, safety and driver assist features – it is after all the top 3-Series.