Poetry in Motion: 2011 BMW M3

December 14, 2010

Who doesn’t love a great-looking sedan? Whether you have a family you carry around on a daily basis or not, a sedan is so much more than simply a family sedan. At least, it should be.

Key among the attributes of a sedan that makes others covetous is how it looks. Okay, we might say drool-worthy.

Just for kicks, we at Family Car Guide thought it would be fun to do a series on family sedans that make you want to cry, they look so good.

So, with that in mind, and knowing that looks is the chief determinant, here is part one of Family Car Guide’s Poetry in Motion: Family Sedans with Awesome Looks.

2011 BMW M3

Yeah, it’s up there in the high-ticket item category, but with the 2011 BMW M3, you certainly get what you pay for. For starters – and we mean that literally – the BMW M3 carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $55,400. That’s before you add anything. But there’s already so much included in the M sedan, maybe you won’t have to.

Getting back to the main consideration in this series, the 2011 BMW M3 sedan just looks like it’s raring to go. That pretty much cinches its inclusion in any roundup of poetry in motion sedans. In reality, the M3 is the sum of all its parts. The overall impression is that of a dynamic performer that just happens to be a sedan. Or, as BMW’s marketers say, “For insurance purposes, we call it a sedan.”

But specifically, what can we call out about the M3 sedan that adds to its awesome looks?

Exterior and Aerodynamics

Listing the 2011 BMW M3 sedan’s attributes relative to the exterior and its aerodynamics is a little like trying to capture the beauty of a sunset. Any single element may be great or unique, but it takes the totality to really impress.

We’ll try anyway.

There’s the aluminum hood, flared front and rear fenders – including wheel arches, vent gills in the front fenders with integrated indicator and M3 logo. Add to that the Xenon adaptive low- and high-beam headlights with auto-leveling and cornering lights function. How about M quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips, 18-inch double-spoke satin chrome finish M light alloy wheels and 245/40 front and 265/40 rear performance tires?

Under the Hood

Anyone who doesn’t appreciate how beautiful a powerful engine is doesn’t care about cars. In the case of the 2011 BMW M3 sedan, that power comes from a 4.0-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine with double VANOS “steplessly” variable valve timing. Oh, and the engine pumps out 414 horsepower at 8300 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 3900 rpm – while still getting an EPA-estimated 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Inviting Interior

You’ve got to sit behind the wheel to really appreciate the 2011 BMW M3 sedan. Or, sit in any passenger seat. Either way, you’ll be treated to the sensation of extreme comfort in a very inviting interior. This Bimmer has all the creature comforts, including leather sport seats, three-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel, hands-free communication, navigation, voice command, and a powerful sound system.

How It Looks on the Road

Here is the one component of awesome looks that’s perfectly subjective – how it looks on the road. Well, the only way to know is to watch the 2011 BMW M3 sedan drive by. But that will just make you want to get behind the wheel and see what all the fun is about. Come to think of it, that’s a great idea. Why just look when you can drive?

Anyway, bottom line: when it comes to an awesome-looking family sedan, the 2011 BMW M3 sedan is right up there.

For more of this series, check out tomorrow’s entry.

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