A high-performance version of the BMW 3-Series, the BMW M3 has been consistently produced since its introduction in 1986. Improved engine performance, enhanced handling capability, more efficient braking, better aerodynamics and a lighter overall curb weight make the BMW M3 more desirable to automobile enthusiasts.
Initially, the BMW M3 was offered as a coupe. A convertible version was introduced soon after. The BMW M3 Sedan (E36) made its debut in 1994 and remained in production through 1999. Another version of the BMW M3 Sedan (E90) was produced from 2008 through 2012. A restructuring of the BMW Series lineup in 2014 meant that sedan models were included in odd series ranges (1,3,5 and 7). Coupes and convertibles were included with even series ranges (2,4,6 and 8). With the restructuring, automobiles branded BMW 3-Series vehicles (including the BMW M3) were all sedans.
Most Capable M3 Versions (2014-2018)
Internally designated as the BMW F80, the most capable version of the BMW M3 was produced from 2014 through 2018. Key improvements over previous BMW M3 models included a new turbocharged engine, lightweight carbon fiber roof and aluminum body panels. Key variants to the BMW M3 (F80) lineup include the BMW M3 Competition and the BMW M3 CS.
Despite having a smaller engine than previous M3 models, the BMW M3 (F80) with the S55 twin turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine could produce more horsepower. Rated at 425hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, the BMW M3 (F80) could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9-seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the BMW M Driver’s Package).
BMW M3 Competition Package (introduced 2016)
In 2016 a Competition Package was introduced for the BMW M3 (F80). Maximum engine output was increased to 444hp, electronic stability control (DSC) was added as well as a tunable electronic rear differential.
BMW M3 CS (debuted 2018)
The BMW M3 CS made its debut in 2018. An upgraded engine increased maximum output to 454hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Gross vehicle weight was reduced with the use of carbon-fiber body panels, thinner glass and lighter (Alcantara) interior panels.
Production of the BMW M3 ended in October 2018.
Plans for BMW M3 in 2021
BMW plans to reintroduce the BMW M3 in 2021. With the BMW S58 turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine and possible all-wheel drivetrain, the latest version of the BMW M3 appears to be one of the most interesting new models in the luxury performance sedan segment.
BMW Quality Service and Repair
No matter which version you own, sooner or later your BMW M3 will need quality service and repair. Forza Tuning and Performance can be trusted with all your BMW M3 service and repair needs.
Whether your BMW M3 requires factory scheduled maintenance, a tune up, a four-wheel alignment, brake service, engine repair, transmission replacement/repair, rear end repair/replacement, steering /suspension repair, driveshaft service/replacement, engine cooling system repairs, heating and air conditioning repair/maintenance, an oil change, a transmission service/flush, wheel and tire rotation/replacement or some other type of service and repair, Forza is ready to deliver with a degree of service that blows away the competition – even the dealership.
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Forza is conveniently located near the metropolises of Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Orlando, Florida, but Forza is also privileged to serve the remainder of the continental United States via fully enclosed luxury vehicle transport. Each Forza vehicle transport is comprehensively insured, professionally operated and available as either a one-way or roundtrip service.