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2001 BMW M Review
A James Bond car for anyone.
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The 2001 BMW M coupe shows why the German carmaker enjoys a reputation as one of the best in the world. While the vehicle’s M moniker seems to imply a roomier sport coupe, the 2001 BMW M more closely resembles the ever-popular Z3 model produced by BMW. The 2001 BMW M presents a number of additions in both comfort and power, which further entice consumers to pick up their own.
Not only does the 2001 BMW M offer capability and functionality, it also offers the classic BMW style. With its many beautiful design features, both inside and out, one can definitely see its BMW roots. Heads turn when the M rolls up.
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: BMW W M coupe, BMW M convertible
Many new features improve the 2001 BMW M as a means of keeping the 2001 BMW M as modern as possible. BMW makes power adjustments to the 2001 BMW M by upping the displacement to 3.2 liters for the only available engine. To compensate for the torque and horsepower increase that stems from the displacement increase, the wheel size increases to 17 inches and the brakes also increase in size.
The 2001 BMW M, measuring in at 158.5 inches long by 68.5 inches wide by 50.4 inches high, makes for a small but beautiful two-door coupe/convertible. While it may not provide the exotic look available in many European cars, the BMW M presents a classy and edgy style that earns respect. Of course, the exterior of the M also offers a number of features to up the car’s total functionality and comfort factor. Just some of the features on the outside of the 2001 BMW M include power/heated mirrors, intermittent wipers with a rear blade, 17-inch alloy wheels, one-touch power windows, and a mast antenna for exceptional radio reception.
To go along with the gorgeous and functional exterior of the 2001 BMW M it has an equally functional and classy interior. With room for the head and feet, 36.7 inches and 41.8 inches respectively, the 2001 BMW M provides plenty of room, especially considering a total lack of a back seat. To complement the roomy and stylish interior it also includes many comfort features. Some of the interior features include air-conditioning, variable power steering, cruise control, and dual vanity mirrors. One of the only issues with the interior of the 2001 BMW M results from the use of cheap and easily broken plastics.
Performance & Handling
To up the fun factor in the 2001 BMW M, a relatively powerful 3.2-liter, inline six-cylinder engine revs under the hood. By putting out 251 lb-ft of torque and 315 horsepower, the M can definitely get up and go on the road. To further enhance the efficiency and power, 24 valves with variable valve timing and a double overhead camshaft sit inside the 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder.
To compensate for the comparably high power put out by the engine, a number of handling features come with the 2001 M. Some of these features include a rear limited-slip differential and a four-wheel independent suspension. A number of other handling features for the M fall under the guise of safety features, but of course they assist in controlling the car.
Some of the safety features on the 2001 BMW M include stability and traction control, front head and side airbags, an engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M Convertible: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Fast performance
- Feature heavy
You Won't Like
- Cheap plastic pieces
A James Bond car for anyone.
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