2012 BMW M3 Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.

As the heaviest, most expensive, and most powerful--and only V-8-powered--version of the BMW M3, the latest generation is very different from its predecessors, but still manages to capture BMW's best performance traits.

Technologically advanced, with extensive electronic control systems for traction and dynamics, yet still focused and track-bred, the 2012 BMW M3 straddles the grand touring and sports car genres. Despite the high-tech equipment, the 2012 M3 carries forward the E92 and E93 Coupe and Convertible, even though the next-generation F30 3-Series is available in non-M form. No M3 sedan is offered this year.

The M3 Coupe and Convertible are among the best-looking mainstream sports cars available. Flared fenders, sleek profiles, bulging hoods, and all of the latest BMW styling cues combine to make a modern, elegant sports car that's clearly more than your average 3-Series.

Under the power-bulged hood sits a 414-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8. Paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, it's a recipe for excellent acceleration, reaching 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds (Coupe) or just under six seconds (Convertible). Handling is excellent--the best in the segment, though the latest Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe has shortened the distance between them.

Quality, fit, and finish are all up to BMW standards, which is to say, very nice. Priced at $60,100 to $68,750 for coupe and Convertible, respectively, however, you'd expect them to be well made. A range of options, upgrades, and appearance tweaks inside and out offer a degree of customizability to the M3.

Though it hasn't been crash-tested by the major agencies--as is common with expensive high-performance cars--the 3-Series the M3 is based on has done well in those tests. The M3's handling and braking can also enable the driver to avoid some accidents altogether.

As for features and technology, the 2012 BMW M3 is well-outfitted in base form, and can be turned into a very luxurious ride, indeed. Navigation, entertainment, driver-configurable performance controls, and upgraded interior finishes put the finishing touch on an impressive sports car.

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February 13, 2016
2012 BMW M3 2-Door Coupe

Balance & nimbleness of a ballerina...

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Having taken delivery at The Welt, so as to drive in the intended environment for 6 weeks, this car proved itself to be a balanced performer. Even though relegated to 120 mph till the 1200 mile service in... + More »
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January 21, 2016
For 2016 BMW M3

The M3 really is Dr. Jeklly and Mr. Hyde

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The car is a great daily driver and family hauler. Fit and finish is outstanding, and it is a car my wife can drive with ease. She is not a car person but enjoys a car with a little power to get around traffic... + More »
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November 14, 2015
2016 BMW M3 4-Door Sedan

Loving my m3

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Amazing power, handling and comfort in a car I can race or take my family out in. My wife and I considered a lot of four door performance sedans and went with the m3 due the great experiences we have had with... + More »
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October 28, 2015
2016 BMW M3 4-Door Sedan

Great Sedan class....Love it

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It is a great car but it disappoints with the less fuel efficiency compared to the other sedan classes..Compared to other cars, Technology is at its best class.
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March 22, 2016
For 2005 BMW M3

Amazing workmanship and performance and the style says it for its self.

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Acually mine is a 2006 M3 converatable and really all you need to do it drive it and you will understand with it 5 minutes that the car is all it is and more.
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April 28, 2015
For 2002 BMW M3

Great Sports Car but not for the average person

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This car is a great car. It has a great power band and goes when you need it to. However, with that said it does use quite a bit of fuel if you are heavy footed. The car is quick to loose rear traction when... + More »
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April 21, 2015
For 2002 BMW M3

Classic!!!

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I have it for 13 years and very reliable. No major problems. Just routine care. Still state of the art compared to newer cars. I will own it till I die!
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December 13, 2015
2009 BMW M3 2-Door Convertible

My dream car

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Excellent performance very nice design interior is very nice the stereo soun is very good.
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