The 2009 BMW M3 is BMW’s high-performance rear-drive car that is based on its 3 Series compact. Available as a coupe, sedan, or convertible, each one is equipped with the same engine and transmission combination: a 4.0-liter, 414-hp V-8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter 414-hp V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed manual transmission
Models: BMW M3 Coupe, BMW M3 Convertible, BMW M3 Sedan
The 2009 BMW M3 lineup receives its taillights and rear end enhancements as the 3-Series sedan. A new hard-drive-based navigation system is available, and a new iDrive controller interface is also introduced.
p>Standard equipment on the M3 coupe includes a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, cornering lights, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, and auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling.
The M3 convertible has a power retractable hard top and dual front seat side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers instead of full side curtain airbags. Automatically deployed pop-up roll bars appear if a rollover situation is detected. Heat reflective leather upholstery promises to keep the seats 20 degrees cooler by preventing the absorption of heat from the sun when the car’s top is down.
The 2009 M3’s exterior has been redesigned and looks less like the 3 Series vehicles. A new aluminum hood has a ?power dome? and an air intake vent on each side of the dome. The carbon fiber composite roof lower’s the M3 sedan’s center of gravity and lessens the overall weight.
The interior of the 2009 BMW M3 is striking and stylish. Leather-clad and trimmed in either carbon fiber or wood trim, it has a sporty, elegant look. There are several new high-tech options in the cabin. M Drive lets the driver select from one of four settings that control steering response, ride comfort, throttle response, and the stability control system. The M3 also has a keyless ignition, which starts the car by a push of a button.
Leather sport seats are standard in the M3. Despite its sporty appearance, it's well-bolstered and very comfortable. The convertible’s seats are upholstered in heat-reflective leather, which keeps the seats from absorbing too much heat from the sun when the top is down.
Performance & Handling
The M3’s four-liter, 414-hp, V-8 engine is built for performance and throttle response. It generates 295 ft-lb of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual; an optional seven-speed automated manual with dual clutch includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for rapid gear changes in manual mode or buyers may choose to drive the car as an automatic.
Handling is excellent; the M3 grips the pavement. Braking response is impressive with its 14.2-inch rotors in the front and 13.8-inch rotors in the back. The M3 went from 60 mph to a complete stop in just 100 feet, which is one of the shortest distances recorded at the time. The M3 takes curves like a champ thanks to the stability control system. Ride comfort is excellent due to electronically-controlled damping.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS, electronic stability control, and a full complement of airbags. The convertible skips the side curtain airbags and has pop-up roll bars if a rollover situation is detected. All but the convertible received ?good? scores during the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests; the convertible received a ?marginal? score.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan: 14/20 mpg city/highway
BMW M3 Convertible: 13/20 mpg city/highway
- V-8 engine performance
- M Drive
You Won't Like
- High-priced optional equipment
- Limited cargo space
A compact car with superb performance and handling as well as a luxurious interior.
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