2016 BMW M3

2016 BMW M3 M3 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan
  • MSRP$63,500 Invoice$58,920
    • 17 City
    • 26 Hwy
  • Seating5
  • Fuel TypeGas
  • Cargo340 L (12 cu.ft.)
  • Horsepower425 hp

Estimated Monthly Payment

Term 24 mo 36 mo 48 mo 60 mo 72 mo 84 mo
Payment $2,786 $1,903 $1,462 $1,198 $1,023 $898

2016 BMW 3 Series Buyer's Guide

The BMW M3 is a high-performance compact 4-door executive sedan, combining an intoxicating blend of luxury, power, and agility. Closely related to the M4, which is available as a 2-door coupe or convertible, the 4-door M3 continues the line of souped-up 3 Series cars that started with the now-legendary E30 M3 in 1986. First introduced in 2014, this generation features a more extensive use of carbon fiber, which helps make it approximately 180 lbs lighter than the previous model. This year the M3 (along with the rest of the 3 Series lineup) receives some minor interior and exterior styling updates, but under its new skin the mechanicals carry over (not that we’re complaining).

What's the difference between trims?

2016 BMW 3 Series 320i
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Dual automatic climate control
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Push-button ignition
2016 BMW 3 Series 328d
  • Diesel engine
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Split-folding rear sea
  • Sport seats
2016 BMW 3 Series 328i
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Split-folding rear sea
  • Sport seats
2016 BMW 3 Series 340i
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • Adaptive HID headlights
  • Sunroof
2016 BMW 3 Series M3
  • Sport suspension
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Leather sport seats
  • Navigation system
2016 BMW 3 Series 335i
  • TwinPower Turbo engine
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive
  • 18-inch run-flat tires
  • Sport steering wheel

What makes it move?

The BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0 liter M TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine. Though purists may complain that its missing the naturally-aspirated characteristics of earlier M motors, it’s hard to complain about the 425 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and the 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic is optional. The run from 0 to 60 miles per hour takes 3.9 seconds (with the double-clutch transmission), while top speed is 156 mph. Fuel economy is a decent 20 mpg combined with the manual transmission, or 19 mpg combined with the dual-clutch transmission.

Why buy the 2016 BMW 3 Series?

The M3 has traditionally been the car in BMW’s lineup that is most in tune with enthusiasts, and this latest generation is no exception. In some ways, this new model harkens back to the old days, with its lighter curb weight, but its use of carbon fiber and turbocharging are definite signs that the M3 is also moving into the future. Other modern tech includes the Active M Differential that uses data from the Dynamic Stability Control system, pedal position, wheel rotation, and yaw rate to vary power distribution between the rear wheels. For even more performance, the optional M Carbon Ceramic Brakes work better at high temperatures, last longer, and save 42 lbs of unsprung rotating mass, while the Adaptive M Suspension uses electronically controlled dampers that adapt to the driver and driving conditions.

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