What's New for 2013:
- New Frozen Edition models debut in red, white or blue
- BMW Individual Composition package no longer offered for M3 Convertible
Based on the standard BMW 3 Series coupe and Convertible, the 2013 BMW M3 adds numerous mechanical upgrades combined with styling and trim modifications to create a top-of-the-line model designed to deliver performance.
Standard equipment includes staggered-width 18-inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, aluminum \"powerdome\" hood, flared fenders, M3-specific fender gills, 4 polished stainless steel exhaust outlets, and, for M3 coupes, a rear spoiler and a carbon fiber roof. Convertibles have a power-retractable roof and a rollover protection system, and this model's exterior trim is rendered in Aluminum Matte rather than the darker Shadowline treatment on the M3 coupe.
Additionally, the M3 models are equipped with automatic adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive brake lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer jets, heated exterior mirrors, and heated door locks.
The 2013 BMW M3 is equipped with M sport seats, leather-wrapped M sport steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, push-button engine starting, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stereo with a CD/MP3 player, iPod/USB connection, and HD Radio. The M3 Convertible includes M sport seats with power adjustment and special sun-reflective premium leather.
Options for the 2013 M3 are primarily grouped into packages. The Premium package includes power-adjustable M sport seats (M3 coupe), upgraded leather (M3 coupe), power-folding side mirrors, compass, universal garage door opener, and a choice between premium wood, carbon fiber or brushed aluminum cabin trim. Additionally, each M3 can be outfitted with a Cold Weather package (heated front seats, headlight washers, ski pass-through for M3 Convertibles) and a Convenience package (Comfort Access keyless entry, rear park-assist sensors, and, on the M3 coupe, a power rear window sunshade).
The M3 coupe is also available with a Competition package, which adds an M Dynamic Mode for the traction and stability control system; lowered performance suspension with Comfort, Normal and Sport modes; and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.
In addition to these packaged options, extra-cost items include a premium sound system with satellite radio, navigation system with real-time traffic and weather reports, BMW Apps smartphone pairing technology, power sunroof (M3 coupe), metallic paint, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and an extended leather treatment for the interior. Separate mechanical upgrades include BMW's M Double-clutch Transmission (M DCT) automated manual gearbox and an Electronic Damping Control suspension with Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.
For 2013, BMW is also offering a limited-production run of M3 coupe Frozen Limited Edition models. These cars offer matte-finish \"frozen\" paint in a choice of red, white or blue, and include the Premium and Competition option packages as standard equipment. The 19-inch wheels are matte black, exterior trim is rendered in high-gloss black, and the interior offers an extended leather treatment.
Under the Hood
The 2013 BMW M3's 4.0-liter V-8 engine delivers 414 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,900 rpm, with 85% of peak torque available all the way to 6,500 rpm. The engine is equipped with a standard automatic stop/start system that helps to conserve fuel.
The BMW M3 is rear-wheel drive. A close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox with a heavy-duty dual-disc clutch is standard. A 7-speed M Double-clutch Transmission (M DCT) automated manual gearbox is optional. The M DCT includes Drivelogic, which provides five different shift programs in automatic mode and six programs in manual mode. To select gears manually with M DCT, the driver uses paddle shifters on the steering wheel or a shift lever on the console.
To help ensure that all of the available power reaches the pavement, the M3 has a standard M variable differential lock with continually variable power distribution or, if desired, a locked power split delivering equal amounts of motive force to each rear wheel.
Notably, the BMW M3 is also the only 3 Series model ever equipped with a V-8 engine. Additional mechanical differences between the M3 and the 3 Series upon which it is based include a more powerful braking system, M-tuned chassis and suspension components, performance-tuned steering with Normal and Sport modes, and M Drive selectable vehicle dynamics settings.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 BMW M3 are:
- M3 coupe with manual transmission: 14/20/16 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- M3 Convertible with manual transmission: 13/20/16 mpg
- M3 M DCT: 14/20/16 mpg
The 2013 BMW M3 coupe is equipped with 6 air bags, while the M3 Convertible has 4 air bags and a rollover protection system that automatically pops rear roll bars into place in the event of a rollover accident.
Additionally, both M3 models include rain-sensing wipers, traction and stability control system, and a performance braking system comprised of ventilated, cross-drilled, 4-wheel compound-disc anti-lock brakes with floating rotors, Cornering Brake Control, brake drying, and start-off assistant. BMW also includes its BMW Assist telematics system as standard, and provides 4 free years of Safety Plan service, which includes Automatic Collision Notification. Rear park-assist sensors are optional.
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 BMW M3.