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The driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Saloon.

The BMW M3 Saloon is built to challenge the limits of pure dynamics. With a 6-speed manual transmission or, if you prefer, an interruption-free 7-speed M double-clutch transmission, the 431hp M TwinPower Turbo straight six-cylinder petrol engine guarantees a powerful, precise drive. The new Active M Differential provides optimal grip at all times and the M Servotronic ensures finely-adjusted steering.

Competition package.

Pure motorsport sensation: With the Competition package, you transfer even more dynamics and agility to the street – thanks to enhanced engine output, specially attuned Adaptive M suspension, newly adapted Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the Active M Differential and 20" M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres. The modifications to the suspension include new springs, dampers and stabilisers as well as adapted Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes.
The power of the M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine is boosted to 331 kW/450 hp. The  sports exhaust generates an extremely powerful and distinctive engine sound − with goosebumps guaranteed. The M lightweight sport seats are fitted with a width-adjustable backrest with vertical perforations. The front seatbelts have subtle M stripes. For the exterior, just one of the many impressive features are the exclusive forged and gloss-lathed 20" M light alloy wheels Star-spoke 666 M with mixed tyres. These wheels have also been optimised with regard to rigidity. The sporty character is further emphasised by the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line with extended contents, which extends from the front  kidney grille across the gill elements to the model designation in high-gloss Black, culminating powerfully in the Black Chrome tailpipes.

Active M Differential.

The Active M Differential optimises traction and driving stability when changing lanes, accelerating out of curves, taking corners at high speed or on roads with an uneven surface. Traction is optimised via an electronically-controlled device that reduces the difference in revolution speed between the rear wheels.




Launch Control.

Launch Control enables an engine that has reached operating temperature achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start. Just deactivate Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), choose the sequential mode with driving program 3, firmly hold down the brake and press the accelerator pedal to kickdown. After the starting-flag symbol in the instrument cluster display is illuminated, the engine will be set to its ideal starting speed when pushing down the accelerator pedal. While maintaining kickdown, release the brake and the vehicle will accelerate to the maximum until the accelerator is released. The M dual-clutch transmission constantly sets the gearshift points so that when shifting up, the next optimal engine speed is available.


Light means fast.

Low weight offers the best driving dynamics and exemplary efficiency. Which is why in M vehicles, lightweight construction is the highest priority. Ultra-light materials like magnesium, aluminium and CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) are used in many components. This allows for greater agility, and improves acceleration and braking.

Adaptive M suspension.

Reacting in milliseconds, the Adaptive M suspension's electronically controlled shock absorbers constantly adjust to road conditions and driving style. This guarantees optimal road contact, the best possible traction and even more agile handling. The suspension settings can be adjusted from comfortable to sporty-dynamic via the Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes.
Comfort mode ensures comfortable handling during everyday driving, and also increases safety in the event of sudden swerving. In Sport mode, ample comfort is maintained, but dampening is reduced and contact with the road is more direct – ideal for country roads and uneven racecourses. Sport+ mode offers minimal dampening and maximum driving dynamics on level roads and racetracks.


A key feature of the BMW M3 Saloon driving experience is the braking system. With their unbeatable precision, the M Carbon Ceramic Brake System and the M compound brakes ensure unrivalled dynamics and performance.

M Carbon Ceramic Brake System

M compound brakes



M Servotronic constantly adjusts the car’s power steering and ensures a direct and precise steering response even at high speeds. It also delivers supreme comfort by minimizing the physical effort required for steering, as well as maximizing agility when parking, manoeuvering or navigating narrow or twisting roads.

Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

The M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic is an innovative seven-speed system, specially designed for the BMW M high-revving engine. The system boasts a traction-optimised automatic gear selection, Launch Control, Low-speed Assistant and Auto Start-Stop. This technology makes it possible to change gears extremely quickly without an interruption in tractive force. Two sub-transmissions, each with its own clutch, continuously relay the power of the engine to the rear wheels.
The system can be controlled manually or automatically using the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, or via the gear lever. Just as with Launch Control, which allows maximum acceleration from a standing start, the result is an extremely dynamic driving experience. Shifting gears at high speed is possible without using the clutch and without any interruption in the transmission of power. Drivelogic can be controlled automatically (D mode) or manually (S mode), and in each mode three shifting options are available: extremely sporty, comfortable or efficient.
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