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2015 BMW M3 Review
BMW engineers used the E46 M3 as their weight bogey; with the U.S. market’s higher level of standard equipment, we’re expecting weights for the coupe and sedan to come in at about 3400 to 3500 pounds, which would make this the first M3 that’s lighter than its predecessor (and somewhat lighter than the last E46 cars we weighed, too), although our scales will tell the tale once we have the chance to run our own testing. The weight has been cut through many small efforts rather than a few big chunks. For example, the carbon-fiber roof is now available on sedans as well as coupes, the prop shaft is carbon fiber, and the front subframe is aluminum.

“The front-end grip is amazing,” says Farfus, as he demonstrates the M4’s willingness to break the rear tires loose. The standard Active M differential is an upgrade over the old M3’s limited-slip differential. The electronically locking rear end decouples the wheels in turns for improved stability unless it senses you’re trying to induce oversteer. Farfus does just that and snaps the steering wheel back and forth to induce, catch, and then command his drifts. The electric power steering that he so effortlessly wields might end up as the M division’s greatest triumph regarding these new models. Engineers and executives know the shift from hydraulic to electric assistance comes with enough stigma to fill an X6, and they claim to have taken great pains to ensure they got it right. The M3 and the M4 use bespoke hardware from supplier ZF that makes their steering systems closer to that of the 5-series than the 3-series, but whether it passes judgment ultimately comes down to the calibration. “We don’t use EPS [electronic power steering] to cover up deficiencies,” says Albert Biermann, head of development for M GmbH, meaning the power-steering motor won’t compensate for understeer, oversteer, a crown in the road, or a coarse road surface. In fact, the lines of code that BMW deleted might be as important as the code that was included. Even though virtually all electric steering systems use the motor to help unwind the steering wheel, BMW has omitted this function in the M3 and M4. The steering wheel will return to center by the natural self-centering forces of the suspension geometry, just as God intended.

So BMW has altered the recipe with the new M3 and M4, but we like the big torque, that the cars have lost weight, and that M engineers pledge the steering system will become the industry standard. We can’t render a complete opinion, however, until we wrap our hands around the steering-wheel rim and whack some cones for ourselves.
2015 BMW M3 RWD
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Bodystyle:  Sedan
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Engine Description:  Straight 6 Cylinder Engine 3.0L
Transmission:  Automatic
Drivetrain:  Rear Wheel Drive
Item Number:  15BMWM3RWDX2
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