2015 BMW M3 Vehicle Overview
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Comfort & Convenience
BMW Navigation System with Advanced RTTI
BMW Navigation System with Advanced Real Time Traffic Information* (RTTI) sends up-to-date traffic reports directly to your car, allowing you to choose a new course and avoid delays. Where available, the traffic information is received by a separate radio tuner and then displayed on the Navigation System. Your traffic updates will be announced even with the radio off and you can see everything clearly on the large, high-resolution screen. With the route taken care of, you can concentrate on more important things - like enjoying every twist and turn along the way.
Automatic Climate Control
Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left and right temperature controls for passenger and driver. Both temperature and radio volume-controlled rear outlets for the backseat passengers. Other highlights of this feature are the windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C function, heat at rest and recall of individual user settings.
Bluetooth® Mobile Office
Bluetooth® Office*keeps you connected no matter where the road leads by integrating many office functions into the main menu of your vehicle’s iDrive screen. You can conveniently organize your daily events, and browse through emails, texts and tasks on the screen or have them read aloud over the audio speakers.
Harman Kardon® Surround Sound System
It's a sound experience as remarkable as the BMW driving experience. Unlike traditional stereo systems, the optional Harman Kardon® Surround Sound System uses vehicle-specific equalizing, and a powerful 600W amplifier, to deliver powerful, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth. The result: a scintillating audio performance that pumps the highest definition soundtrack to the open road. The 16-speaker system also includes six tweeters, six mid-range speakers, two bass speakers located under the front seats, one mid-range speaker and one tweeter in the instrument panel.
Part of ConnectedDrive, lets you access Social Networks, music PlugIn and Video Playback through your iPhone,® and see them on the Display screen (requires Navigation). Tune in to Web Radio and search for stations from around the globe by name, location or genre. You can store your favorite entries on your iPhone so you can take them with you from one vehicle to another. Access content from your Twitter and Facebook accounts to stay on top of what's happening with friends and family, and enjoy music on-demand with Pandora Radio and MOG.
SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio
Welcome to the world of SiriusXM™. With the Sirius All Access package, you'll hear every channel available in your BMW, including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, talk, entertainment and all of our premium programming. You'll also get SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, so you can bring SiriusXM™ with you wherever you go—on your computer, smartphone and tablet. It's our ultimate package, giving you everything you want, everywhere you want to listen. If your BMW is equipped with iDrive, you can also select SiriusXM™ channels through your vehicle's iDrive system or voice command, and enter them into the programmable memory buttons.
Bluetooth® Audio Streaming
Bluetooth® Audio Streaming—available from BMW ConnectedDrive—wirelessly plays the music saved on your Bluetooth-capable smartphone or MP3 player.
Performance & Efficiency
3.0-Liter, M TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-Cylinder Engine, 425-hp
The powerful 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine in the all-new M3 Sedan delivers a blistering 425-hp to command. Featuring bi-turbo, high-precision direct injection, Valvetronic and Double-VANOS technology, the engine is capable of a massive 406 lb-ft of torque over a broad rpm range, a nearly 40% increase over previous models. In the spirit of true M racing, you’ll enjoy a 0-60 mph time of a mere 4.1 seconds, dropping to 3.9 seconds when equipped with 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission.
Taking a strong racing stance, the all-new M3 Sedan comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox with robust double-plate clutch as standard, one of the few automakers still offering drivers such control. This unit is considerably more compact than its predecessor and 26.4 lbs. lighter, thereby increasing overall road speed and performance. Simultaneously, the transmission offers increased shift control via innovative new carbon friction linings in its synchronizer rings and dry sump lubrication provides an efficient supply of oil to all parts of the engine.
The all-new M3 can alternately be fitted with an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch transmission. Featuring Launch Control for optimum acceleration out of range with the manual gearbox, and Drivelogic for improved comfort and, fuel economy, race track capability is attained without sacrificing daily usability. For added driver control, a manual mode can also be enabled for a kick of racing thrills.
M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes provide a powerful back up for an exhilarating driving experience. Braking power is applied precisely in all weather conditions due to the durability and strength of the lightweight carbon compound ceramic material. Additionally, the material boasts greater resistance to heat, significant reduction of rotating masses, exceptional resistance to wear, and an increased operating life as compared to conventional equivalents.
Electric Power Steering with three settings
The electromechanical steering system in the new BMW M3 Sedan represents a new development from BMW M GmbH and is a critical component in the link between driver and car and offers the gifts of direct steering feeling and precise feedback. The integrated Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of steering assistance according to the car’s speed, providing optimum steering characteristics at all speeds. The steering for the BMW M3 Sedan also offers the driver three settings as standard, which can be selected at the touch of a button. These settings (Comfort, Sport and Sport+) allow the level of steering assistance to be adapted to suit the situation at hand and the driver’s personal tastes.
Intelligent Lightweight Construction
BMW has gone above and beyond to reduce weight and improve performance in the all-new M3 Sedan. The innovative usage of lightweight yet extremely strong Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) in the roof, driveshaft, engine compartment strut brace, and even the lithium ion battery all help to achieve this goal. Additionally, aluminum hood and front wheel arches, and forged light alloy wheels provide a strong frame that also moves incredibly quickly. This commitment to function driven design results in reduction of up to 180 lbs. compared to its predecessor model, ultimately lowering the center of gravity and improving steering response and precision.
Safety & Security
BMW Assist eCall™ and TeleServices
In an emergency, BMW Assist eCall, now standard in all BMWs, automatically sends your location and relevant information to police and EMT services, saving critical time when you need it most. Also standard, with BMW Teleservices, your BMW knows exactly when the next servicing appointment is coming up and informs you about any maintenance requirements. Your BMW Service Center will call you to arrange an appointment. Wherever you are, your BMW Service Center is at your side.
Full Color Head-Up Display
Projects important travel information, such as vehicle speed and check control warnings, onto the windshield directly in your field of vision. For the first time, all Head-Up Display data is shown in full color, making information more precise and easier to process. Additional information including Navigation directional arrows and instructions, Lane Departure Warning messages, and updates on Entertainment information is momentarily displayed.
Active Driving Assistant
BMW’s exclusive Active Driving Assistant systems consists of multiple important features - Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation, and Pedestrian Warning. The Lane Departure Warning registers lane markings with a camera and gently vibrates the steering wheel if you drive over them without signaling. Frontal Collision Warning can actively apply the brakes at speeds under 10mph or reduce collision severity by pre-filling the braking system at higher speeds. The third feature, Pedestrian Warning, is a two-stage system that consists of an acute audible and visual warning on the iDrive screen that also pre-fills the brakes. All that means greater peace of mind ahead.
Adaptive LED Headlights
First seen in the 2011 BMW 6 Series Coupe, bright LED illumination makes traffic signs and other objects along the road easier to see, helping reduce eye fatigue and increase comfort during long-distance driving.
LED technology is used exclusively for both high and low beams, as well as in all four Corona headlight rings. At speeds of up to 35 mph, LED cornering lights automatically light up the side of the road when turning. At faster speeds, the Adaptive Headlights feature automatically swivels the headlights to illuminate the road around bends, based on your steering wheel movements. LED lights are also used in the High Beam Assistant feature and in the turn signal indicators.
Side and Top View Cameras
Displays video images of approaching traffic on the Control Display. Side-view cameras positioned in the front bumpers show traffic approaching the front of the vehicle from the sides, such as when exiting a garage. The Top-view camera provides video images of the road alongside the doors, taken by cameras positioned in the exterior mirrors.
2014 BMW M3 Vehicle Overview
It's back. Or rather, it's on the way for 2014. The BMW M3 returns after a brief hiatus, as is its custom when a new generation of BMW 3 Series has been introduced. Rumors about BMW's most beloved high-performer abound, but the automaker's North American boss recently clarified one of the chief mysteries. The 2014 BMW M3 will not get a twin-turbo V6 as once speculated, but instead a classic inline six-cylinder, likely of the 3.0-liter variety and most definitely turbocharged. The only question remains whether it gets two or three (yes, three) turbochargers.
Regardless, a turbo engine marks a significant departure for a nameplate that has a long tradition of high-revving, naturally aspirated engines. What probably won't change is a standard six-speed manual transmission, offered alongside an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox.
The 2014 BMW M3 will be larger, yet lighter than its predecessor. The new 3 Series sedan is 3.7 inches overall than the previous model, but it weighs less thanks to aluminum chassis components and increased use of high-strength steel throughout the body. Look for the M3 to show evidence of a high-tech approach to lightweight design with carbon-fiber body panels and even aluminum wiring instead of heavier copper. BMW is also reportedly working on carbon-ceramic brake discs and aluminum calipers, which promise to shed more than 100 pounds from the car's overall weight. These aren't expected until late in the model's lifecycle, however.
The M3 is also likely to get electric-assist steering similar to that fitted on the new 3 Series (although with high-performance tuning). It's one of many components that M Division engineers will use to meet ever-tightening European and U.S. fuel economy standards, while still achieving low 4-second 0-60 times.
We expect to see the 2014 BMW M3 debut sometime next summer and then go on sale by fall. We also expect to see the sedan launch before the coupe, which is an unusual strategy. Check back for a full review of the next M3, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
*Official Information on the 2014 BMW M3 is not yet available. This information is from edmunds.com.