2013 BMW M3

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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

Exterior Features
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.

Interior Features
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.

Optional Features
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.

Fuel Economy
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.


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  • Name 2dr Cpe Transmission Automatic MSRP 60100.00 Engine 4.0/244 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name 2dr Conv Transmission Automatic MSRP 69050.00 Engine 4.0/244 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Anthracite and black cloth/leather upholstery
  • Manually-adjustable front M sport seats including manually adjustable thigh support, power-adjustable backrest side bolsters and 4-way power lumbar support
  • Adjustable seat width and lumbar support
  • Split fold-down-rear seat
  • Split fold-down rear seats (M3 Convertible fold-down rear seats include two convenience hooks)
  • Adjustable front armrest
  • Door sills with BMW M3 logo
  • Floor mats
  • 3-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone; M color stitching and tilt/telescopic adjustment
  • M-design instrument cluster with titanium-finish-ringed instrument dials and red needles
  • Service Interval Indicator with miles-to-service display
  • Check Control vehicle monitoring system
  • Tachometer with variable warning zones and oil temperature display
  • On-board computer with detailed vehicle information, including travel range on remaining fuel, external temperature (including freezing temperature warning)
  • Multi-function remote control
  • Cruise control
  • Power front/rear windows with "one-touch" up/down operation (in M3 Coupe, rear windows are stationary and do not include up/down operation)
  • Electric interior trunk release
  • Central locking system (leaves gas filler door unlocked) and double-lock feature
  • Keyless entry -inc: remote trunk release
  • Vehicle & key memory
  • Coded Driveaway Protection (prevents engine start when your key, with constantly changing electronic code, is not used)
  • Anti-theft alarm system with keyhead remote operation and interior motion detector
  • M Drive
  • Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, temperature- and volume-controlled rear outlets, windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C, heat at rest, and recall of individual user settings
  • Rear window defogger
  • Console valet and cupholders
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Smoker's pkg -inc: cigarette lighter, ash tray
  • Titanium Shadow interior trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Anthracite headliner
  • Ambiance lighting
  • Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when engine is turned off, separately controlled left/right front and rear reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front seatback storage nets
  • Fully finished trunk
  • Novillo leather upholstery (in M3 Convertible includes Sun-Reflective Technology)
  • Power front seats with driver seat memory including manually adjustable thigh support, power-adjustable backrest side bolsters, 4-way power lumbar support and memory system for driver's seat and outside mirrors
  • Seatback easy-entry feature with memory and 2x-speed power fore-aft control
  • Door storage pockets with covers
  • 18" Light alloy Double-spoke wheels style 219M-with performance tires 18 x 8.5, 245/40 18 front and 18 x 9.5, 265/40 18 rear
  • Aluminum hood with powerdome
  • Flat-paneled underbody
  • Carbon-fiber roof (not available with moonroof, which requires a steel roof)
  • Bumper system with aluminum impact absorbers at the front, steel impact absorbers at the rear, and front-compressible elements
  • Front and rear spoiler (M3 Convertible does not have a rear spoiler)
  • Flared front and rear fenders including wheel arches, vent gills in front fenders with integrated indicator and M3 logo
  • M rear apron with diffuser
  • Shadowline trim
  • Titanium Shadow trim
  • Xenon headlights
  • Adaptive light control
  • White turn-signal indicators
  • Adaptive brakelights
  • Heated side-view mirrors, windshield washer jets and door locks
  • M exterior side-view mirrors in body color with double bridge in black
  • Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror when vehicle is shifted into reverse gear
  • Rain sensor and auto headlights
  • Power-folding retractable hardtop with integrated rear-window defroster
  • 6-speed manual transmission with additional oil cooler and heavy-duty dual-disc clutch
  • 4.0-liter 32-valve 414-hp V-8 engine with M Double-VANOS "steplessly" variable valve timing (2012)
  • 8 individual throttles, electronically controlled (drive-by-wire) (2012)
  • Distributorless electronic ignition system (2012)
  • Digital Motor Electronics (DME) with on-board diagnostics (2012)
  • Automatic start/stop function
  • Oil coolant heat exchanger (2012)
  • 3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensor (2012)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • M suspension with twin-joint spring-strut front axle, subframe, front axle tie-rod and stiffening plate in aluminum, rear axle subframe in steel, track control arm and spring strut in aluminum and lightweight steel construction (2012)
  • Gas-pressurized front struts and rear shock absorbers (2012)
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering (M Servotronic) (2012)
  • 4-wheel BMW M vacuum-assisted ventilated, cross-drilled compound disc brakes with floating brake rotors (2012)
  • M quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips (2012)
    • High-performance-tuned anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Dynamic Brake Control
    • All season traction with variable M differential lock
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with M Dynamic Mode (MDM)
    • Interlocking door anchoring system to help protect against door intrusion in side impacts
    • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
    • Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Head Protection System (HPS), front and rear
    • Crash sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights
    • BMW Assist with Bluetooth
    • BMW Ultimate Service (for complete details on BMW Ultimate Service, visit
    • BMW Assist Safety Plan includes four years of Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Request, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Door Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Customer Relations, TeleService; Mobile Office features; MyInfo lets you send business locations and street addresses directly to your BMW and Navigation system (for complete details, visit
    • M Mobility System (includes lifetime BMW Roadside Assistance for tire assistance)
    • BMW's Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features
    • Automatic safety-belt assistant
    • Automatic front safety-belt pretensioners
    • Child-seat automatic safety-belt locking device in rear seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Rollover Protection System
    • AM/FM stereo/CD audio system with Radio Data System (RDS), Auto-Store, MP3 capability and 3-channel FM diversity antenna system
    • Hi-fi sound system
    • HD Radio with "multicast" FM station reception
    • iPod and USB adapter
    • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling (with Bluetooth compatible mobile phone, if so equipped), phonebook downloading and speech recognition capabilities (please visit your authorized BMW center for details on standard and optional services)

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