2011 BMW M3 Coupe
Manufacturer: BMW of North America Part number: 101287989
- Bottom Line:
- Performance technology makes the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe a thoroughbred performer, yet it can be optioned with plenty of cabin gadgets. Poor fuel economy limits its daily utility, but we still give the M3 an Editors' Choice Award.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $58,900.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 06/28/2011
The good: Extraordinary performance technology changes the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe from mild-mannered sports car to track star at the push of a button. Excellent navigation and audio systems are available for cabin tech.
The bad: The 2011 BMW M3 gets hit with the gas-guzzler tax, burning through gas like a pyromaniac in a napalm factory. The idle stop feature is annoying in many driving situations.
The bottom line: Performance technology makes the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe a thoroughbred performer, yet it can be optioned with plenty of cabin gadgets. Poor fuel economy limits its daily utility, but we still give the M3 an Editors' Choice Award.
This new M3 BMW is great and at the same time worse
by jazzy5 on June 29, 2011
Pros: It's a hot performance car, is fast, it have great handling and I will say good looks. It have all the electronic gadget to make the car fast and comfortable.
Cons: For me it have too many bad things. It's not as fun as the original 2002 BMW. It's the size of a Toyota Corrolla but price as a Ferrari, it's too expensive. All the gagdets make it a 2/10 better performance, but a simple one without all the bells would
Summary: The whole BMW line is to show you have money, you made it to the big league. The JD Power rated BMW in quality below many cars and so does ...
Summary: The whole BMW line is to show you have money, you made it to the big league. The JD Power rated BMW in quality below many cars and so does Consumer Report. It reminds me of the King which were sold invisible clothes. He was naked, but no one told the King he was until a little boy said so. Then he realize the foolness of him and that he was had. I had a couple of BMW and they were great but after the newness pass it was a constant expensive repair. So far my Audi has not giving me the same headache, even if Consumer Report does not give it high mark either.
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A true driving experience
by Atremin on August 14, 2011
Pros: I own the limousine model-spacious and comfortable. It performs unlike any car I have ever driven and I don't need a track to enjoy it. I have absolutely no issues with the performance or handling of the car and it has surpassed my expectations. My car is
Cons: I don't like the menu for the iPod connection. It is not user friendly-wish I had more to say to all of those who don't like the car, but this is all I can say.
Summary: I have owned many sports cars in all ranges of prices in my 49 years. For the money, this car is hands down the best car on the market today ...
Summary: I have owned many sports cars in all ranges of prices in my 49 years. For the money, this car is hands down the best car on the market today for someone who wants a true sports car but not have to keep it garaged waiting for the weekends. The C63 AMG would be my second choice.
a natural extension of the driver's senses
by leaf634-zdnet on July 17, 2011
Pros: instantly connected to the pavement, acutely communicative
Cons: does not handle traffic well. large-engined compact sedans/coupes are like sharks, they need speed to breath, engine temps easily surge in slow or stop-n-go traffic. transmission is not happy shifting in slow moving traffic
Summary: still a driver's dream
Summary: still a driver's dream
Still the Ultimate Driving Machine!
by adicool007 on June 28, 2011
Pros: - Sublime handing.
- 8400 rpm of sweet sounding V8 music!!! Superior engine technology, with 8 individual throttles and a 7 speed DCT to fly thro' the gears.
- Performance Package with EDC changes for better track performance.
- Widescreen Nav and cabin t
Cons: - MPG (should be in the dismal category).
- Understated design (although a lot of people like it), not as beautiful as some Audis.
- Start Stop system that actually is a pain and adds negligible miles to the gallon.
- Lack of some performance options such
Summary: The article states that the M3 has direct injection, however, the M3 never had direct injection. It might be there in the next generation M3, however, the 4L V8 engine ...
Summary: The article states that the M3 has direct injection, however, the M3 never had direct injection. It might be there in the next generation M3, however, the 4L V8 engine has individual throttles for each cylinder, but no direct injection. You would think CNET wouldn't make such a mistake, but yet they have.
Also, the second thing is that the M3 is about 3 years old and still seems to be the king in the handling department, which is a great thing to note. It took the Audi S4 about three years to displace the 335i, I am not sure if the M3 has been displaced by the RS5 yet or maybe the upcoming RS4. While 414bhp is plenty under almost all conditions, having 450bhp to be on a level playing field with Audi and Mercedes wouldn't hurt (like the M3 GTS).
Given the 3 series is up for a refresh, the upcoming M3 with a possible turbo charged engine would make for an interesting proposition. Going away from the high revving concept to the smaller capacity efficient power concept, would make for an exciting comparo. With the recent specs for the 2012 M5 and BMWs love for "Twin Power Turbo" tech, it almost seems a certainty.
Until then the die hard M3 fans will ensure that the current version continues to flourish, as it has.
not twice as good as Accord Coupe
by rac921 on July 1, 2011
Pros: Great car, nice style, great performance - but for only a select few yuppy car enthusiasts who live in Utah or someplace
Cons: At over $60K, who is going to really make use of this car, and where.. Bonneville on a closed course?
Summary: Get serious, editors - the BMW is not TWICE as good as my V6 Accord Coupe ( yes, I've owned Porsche,BMW,Corvette) but that's the real cost of ...
Summary: Get serious, editors - the BMW is not TWICE as good as my V6 Accord Coupe ( yes, I've owned Porsche,BMW,Corvette) but that's the real cost of the M3 ownership. If my financial advisor rolls up in one of these, I question his use of funds!
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Spectacular marriage of performance and technology.
by HowardFox on June 30, 2011
Pros: The M3 is incredibly fun to drive. Huge amounts of tech have gone into the drive-train from the engine and transmission to the dynamic suspension. Very generous amounts of power are available and put to the ground in perfect proportions.
Cons: Despite the utilized technology, the drive-train can feel downright cantankerous at times. One must remember, however, that this BMW wasn't designed with the same objectives as their uber-luxury 7-series. The M3 gulps fuel even if driven sedately.
Summary: The M3 is really and simply a perfect combination of components that provide an incredibly fun all-around driving experience. Both inside and out, the driver is treated with aesthetically pleasing ...
Summary: The M3 is really and simply a perfect combination of components that provide an incredibly fun all-around driving experience. Both inside and out, the driver is treated with aesthetically pleasing sights, sounds and sensations. The car literally begs to be driven aggressively, but can as easily function with graceful aplomb. Interior technology and functionality make the captain's chair a goose-bump-producing location. Opt for navigation, satellite radio, choice of leathers and other interior "essentials", and the driver is pampered with a complete package of luxury performance. My personal opinion is that any potential owner should opt for the 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) instead of the 6-speed manual. Use of the DCT with various selectable "M Drive" features makes the engine/tranny combination unbeatable in responsiveness. Add the dynamically adjusted (also selectable) suspension components and the combination completes a quite mesmerizing Sunday drive. Actually, it may simply be impossible to prevent oneself from driving the M3 every, single day.
This all comes at a price, of course. The base price is not for the weak-of-heart, and tricked-out, the sticker could (literally) shock you. The best option, in my opinion, is to (very) patiently wait for a late-model, low-mileage, certified pre-owned model, and snatch it up as quickly as possible. If you're lucky enough to find one, it most certainly won't be on the lot for long.
Fuel expense will also be an issue for many; the small-displacement but very high-revving, 8-cylinder engine will, again despite an incredible array of technology, guzzle the required 91+ octane gas. That said, though, the 4-year/50,000 mile warranty comes with all of the regularly scheduled maintenance thrown in, so the oil change money can help offset the fuel costs.
More and more cars in the M3's class seem to be making their way to market these days, of which many come in at a less hair-raising price point. What your dollars buys you in the M3, however, rarely encounters much legitimate competition. In the words of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson (add perfect British accent here), "It's simply the best car in the world." (Well, that's the quotation as I remember it anyway. I couldn't find the YouTube video to link - sorry...)
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Nice Car To Drive!!
by BestBang4TheBuck on June 29, 2011
Pros: Great body style and good handleing. Very fun to drive.
Cons: Older models have a weak interior. Not as fast as a Mercedes C63 AMG. Cup holders are in a bad position. I know pretty lame until you have a cup of coffee and/or a passenger in the front.
Summary: I used to own both the C63 and the M3. I loved the M3 only it bummed me out that the pick up was not as fast as the C63 ...
Summary: I used to own both the C63 and the M3. I loved the M3 only it bummed me out that the pick up was not as fast as the C63 or a Porche. In the end I prefer the C63, but I do sigh when I see an M3. I miss my M3.
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Pricey and tight inside and loud
by eeee on July 6, 2011
Pros: Red color is awesome as is the sky blue color
Cons: Way too small an interior for such a large amount of cash
Summary: As others have stated, the whole thing about BMW is the non stop bragging and TV ads upping the "me better than you" factor for those fooling enough to buy ...
Summary: As others have stated, the whole thing about BMW is the non stop bragging and TV ads upping the "me better than you" factor for those fooling enough to buy into it.
Those people are tolerated, by some, when they start bragging about their BMW, but later those people are riduclued as having fallen into the marketing spider web to extract the $$$$$$ from them for basically a small car with huge $$$$$$$ price tag.
Performance is there to justify taking their $$$$$$ but not needed when better uses of $$$$ for better fun is available in this world as well as better uses of $$$$$ for better non fun purposes.
Whatever, you hopeless few BMW fanatices wont agree but many more will.
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- Manufacturer: BMW of North America
- Part number: 101287989
- Bottom Line: Performance technology makes the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe a thoroughbred performer, yet it can be optioned with plenty of cabin gadgets. Poor fuel economy limits its daily utility, but we still give the M3 an Editors' Choice Award.
Basic car properties
- Body style Coupe
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Rain-sensitive wipers Standard
- Satellite radio Optional
- Video entertainment system Optional
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- USB connection Optional
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Heated/cooled seats Optional
- Two-way security system Optional
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available Rear-drive
- Trip computer Standard
- DVD navigation system (non-GPS) Optional
- Bluetooth phone interface Optional
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