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BMW M3 & M3 Competition Sedans (G80)

NEX score 78%

Product Overview

The G80 M3 and M3 Competition are the high-performance variants of the G20 BMW 3-series Sedans. They feature a similar front-end design as the new G22 4-series coupe and the G82 M4. For the first time in M3 history, a new all-wheel drive system is available for the M3 Competition.
The M3 comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the M3 Competition is available exclusively with an 8-speed automatic. The rear-wheel-biased xDrive system has 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD options, though the RWD mode requires the deactivation of stability control.
The new M Compound brakes come as standard, while M Carbon ceramic brakes are optional.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Superb all-wheel drive
  • Superb rear-axle grip
  • Fantastic handling
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic all-wheel-drive system
  • Impressive handling
  • Impressive performance
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Impressive infotainment system
Cons
  • Poor traction control
  • Lacklustre AWD
  • Not as powerful as the M4
  • No four-wheel drive option
  • More expensive than M4
  • Awful steering
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Specifications

Variants:
M3
M3 Competition

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
480 L
M3Payload
505 kg
M3 CompetitionPayload
480 kg

Chassis

Brakes | Front
M Compound brakes, vented 6-piston
Brakes | Rear
single-piston
Steering Ratio
15
Suspension | Front
MacPherson
Suspension | Rear
Five-link
Tire Size
275/40 ZR18 103Y XL (front) / 285/35 ZR19 103Y XL
Turning Circle
12.2 m

Construction

Battery | Capacity
70 Ah
Body Style
Sedan

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
120 mm
Size | Height
1433 mm
Size | Length
4794 mm
Size | Width
1903 mm
Track Width | Front
1617 mm
Track Width | Rear
1605 mm
Weight
1780 kg
Wheel Size
18" (front) / 19" (rear)
Wheelbase
2857 mm

Performance

M3Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.2 sec
M3 CompetitionAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
Coefficient Of Drag
0.33
M3Fuel Economy
10.8 L/100km
M3 CompetitionFuel Economy
10.2 L/100km
Top Speed
250 / 290 km/h

Powertrain

M3Drivetrain Layout
RWD
M3 CompetitionDrivetrain Layout
RWD or AWD
Emission Standard
Euro 6d
Engine | Bore
90.0 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
9.3
Engine | Displacement
2993 cc
M3Engine | Power
480 hp @ 6250 rpm
M3 CompetitionEngine | Power
510 hp @ 6250 rpm
Engine | Stroke
84.0 in
M3Engine | Torque
550 Nm @ 2650-6130 rpm
M3 CompetitionEngine | Torque
650 Nm @ 2750-5500 rpm
Engine | Type
Inline 6, turbocharged
Fuel Capacity
59 L
M3Transmission | Gears
6-speed
M3 CompetitionTransmission | Gears
8-speed
M3Transmission | Type
Manual
M3 CompetitionTransmission | Type
Auto

Production

Debut
2020-09-23
Made In
Germany

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External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The BMW M3 remains a driver's car of excellent quality. BMW has sensitively and thoughtfully applied new technology to the M3 throughout its generations. These new cars continue that trend, while also blending comfort with their explosive performance. Under the bonnet, a familiar tale is played out in the form of 3.0-litre, turbocharged straight-six power.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous looks
  • Impressive performance
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the M4
  • More expensive than M4

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The M3 xDrive system is unique to both the M3 and M4 Coupe. Power is sent solely to the rear wheels until a loss of traction is detected. You can also select a drive mode which exclusively sends all 503bhp and 650Nm to the back axle. Top speed is limited to 155mph, although an optional M Driver's Package lifts that to 180mph.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Impressive handling
Cons
  • Ride feels too firm
  • No four-wheel drive option

carmagazine[3]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The new M3 can carry quantifiably more speed into a corner than before. Like the M2 CS, the latest M3 is fitted with a forgiving clutch and an undemanding gearbox. M xDrive will next year be available in combination with the more powerful M3/M4 derivatives, but the bottom-rung beast remains rear-drive only.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic all-wheel-drive system
  • Impressive infotainment system
Cons
  • Lacklustre AWD
  • No automatic gearbox

cnet[4]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2021 BMW M3 Competition is a true driver's car, even if its steering could be improved. The steering may be dull, but the car feels lively, like you can easily make it rotate with a tap of your right foot. This BMW's interior is roomier than you might expect and it's pretty luxurious.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Impressive infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Awful steering
  • Poor traction control

User Reviews

References

1. ^ New BMW M3 Competition prototype review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/3-series/352646/new-bmw-m3-competition-prototype-review. 2020-07-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New BMW M3 Competition xDrive 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/3-series/356592/new-bmw-m3-competition-xdrive-2021-review. 2021-11-16. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
3. ^ 2021 BMW M3 protoype review: tested on track. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/bmw/m3/. 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ 2021 BMW M3 Competition review: Champing at the bit. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-bmw-m3-competition-sedan-review/. 2021-05-21. Retrieved 2021-05-22.

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