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2018 BMW M3
Select a Different Model (1 Available): Base Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 66870
MPG (EPA) 17 CTY /25 HWY
Horsepower 425@5500
Torque 406@1850
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2018 BMW M3 MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Excellent handling
  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Squeaky carbon ceramic brakes
  • Firm ride even in the comfort-oriented setting

New for 2018

The 2018 BMW M3 gets standard LED headlights and an updated iDrive multimedia system. A new CS variant with a m0re aggressive suspension setup and more power has been added, but only 550 units will be available for the U.S. market. The coupe version of the M3 is called the M4.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2018 BMW M3 comes in a single trim with a decent number of standard features that include an adaptive suspension, the active M differential, 18-inch alloy wheels, 14-way heated M sports seats up front, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, BMW's iDrive system with an 8.8-inch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, and keyless entry and start.

Options include a head-up display, side and top view camera, a heated steering wheel, automatic parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, Apple CarPlay, and a wireless charging pad. The M3 CS gets go fast extras like a specially-tuned adaptive suspension and active M differential, and cosmetic changes like a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic front splitter and rear diffuser.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 rated at 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. With the Competition package, output increases to 444 hp. A six-speed manual is standard and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. The M3 CS is the most powerful M3 available with 453 hp and 443 lb-ft. EPA fuel economy ratings ate 17/25 mpg city/highway with the manual and 17/24 mpg with the automatic.

Safety

The 2018 M3 hasn't been crash tested by the NHTSA and IIHS. However, the 2018 BMW 3 Series, the car on which the M3 is based, received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2018 3 Series received a Good score in crashworthiness tests except for the passenger side front small overlap impact where it hasn't been tested yet and the headlights test where it received an Average score (Good is the possible highest score).

In the front crash prevention test, the 3 Series received an Advanced rating after it reduced the severity of a 12-mph and 25-mph impact by 7 mph and 6 mph respectively (Superior is the highest rating for the front crash prevention test) As a result, the 2018 3 Series received the Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.

Active drive assistance features are available as part of different optional package or as standalone extras. Blind-spot monitoring is available as a standalone option while automatic high beams are part of the Executive package. The Driving Assistance package adds speed limit info, and the Active Driving Assistance, which bundles together forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.

Utility

The 2018 M3 has a 17-cubic-foot trunk that can be expanded via the standard split-folding rear seats.

What We Think

In a 2015 First Drive, we were impressed with the M3's on-track performance, offering excellent handling, flat cornering with nearly no body roll and plenty of power from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo. However, even with the adaptive suspension in its softest setting, the ride is firm on public roads, and there's not enough feedback from the steering wheel.

In our Long-Term Verdict review of a 2015 model, we concluded that the M3 is a fun sports sedan that works well as a daily driver thanks to its large trunk and spacious seating. Despite the squeaky carbon ceramic brakes, the M3 offered strong track performance when they got to the right temperature; however, for those who won't take the car to the track, we'd recommend sticking with the standard pads.

Cool Fact

In addition to the M3's carbon fiber roof, the 2018 M3 CS has a carbon fiber hood to reduce the car's overall weight and lower its center of gravity.

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2018 BMW M3 SPECIFICATIONS
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Engine Name
Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Manual (K)
Trim
Base Sedan
Class
Premium Performance Car
Horsepower
425@5500
Standard MPG
17/25
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
N/R
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

M Driver's Package

$2300 $2500

Competition Package

INCLUDES: Active Differential; BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line with Extended Contents; Delete: Chrome/Bright Trim; Driver Seat, Sports; New Settings for Suspension and Dynamic Stability Control; Passenger Seat, Sports; Power: Horsepower - 444hp@7000rpm NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LKJR] Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Leather; [X3JR] Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Full Merino Leather; [ZSU] Standard Suspension
$4370 $4750

Driving Assistance Package

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System, Active Driving Assistant; Lane Departure Warning System
$460 $500

Executive Package

INCLUDES: Blind Junction Cameras; Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Active Headlights; Main Dashboard Display; [508] Park Distance Control; Parking Assistance; Parking Camera, 360 Degrees; Parking Distance Sensors, Side Camera; Rear Seats, Heated; Steering Wheel, Heated
$3770 $4100

Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, 7 Speed Automatic (M DKG 436)

INCLUDES: Axle Ratio, 3.462; Emission Equipment, 7.6
$2670 $2900

Transmission, 6 Speed Manual (K)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Alpine White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Black Sapphire Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Silverstone Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mineral White Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mineral Grey Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Austin Yellow Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Yas Marina Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Sakhir Orange Metallic II

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Azurite Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Champagne Quartz Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Tanzanite Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Smoked Topaz Metallic

N/C N/C

M Carbon Ceramic Brakes

$7500 $8150

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Apple Carplay Compatibility

INCLUDES: Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay; Navigaion Via Mobile Phone; Text To Speech / Speech To Text
$275 $300

Wireless Charging

INCLUDES: Adjustable Front Armrest; Enhanced USB & Bluetooth; Wi-Fi Network; Wireless Charging Pad
$460 $500

Air Conditioning, Remote Control

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Net

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Enhanced USB & Bluetooth

CONTAINED IN: [6NW] Wireless Charging
Grp Grp

Entertainment Display Screen

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Internal HD, 200GB Capacity

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

CONTAINED IN: [6CP] Apple Carplay Compatibility
Grp Grp

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [6CP] Apple Carplay Compatibility
Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

CONTAINED IN: [6NW] Wireless Charging
Grp Grp

Wireless Charging Pad

CONTAINED IN: [6NW] Wireless Charging
Grp Grp

Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay

CONTAINED IN: [6CP] Apple Carplay Compatibility
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.8-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Active Differential

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Axle Ratio, 3.462

CONTAINED IN: [2MK] Transmission, 7 Speed Automatic (M DKG 436)
Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Stability Control, Steering, Suspension, Traction Control

Std Std

Driver Modes: Suspension

CONTAINED IN: [ZSU] Standard Suspension
Grp Grp

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.8 Gallon

Std Std

New Settings for Suspension and Dynamic Stability Control

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Power: Horsepower - 444hp@7000rpm

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Moonroof

N/C N/C

Delete: Chrome/Bright Trim

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Driver

Std Std

Power Rear Sunshade

INCLUDES: Blinds, Power Rear; Blinds, Side
$530 $575

Power Rear Sunshade

INCLUDES: Blinds, Power Rear; Blinds, Side
$320 $350

Fineline Anthracite Wood Trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome Highlight

N/C N/C

Aluminum Blade Interior Trim with Black Chrome Highlight

N/C N/C

Adjustable Front Armrest

CONTAINED IN: [6NW] Wireless Charging
Grp Grp

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Blinds, Power Rear

CONTAINED IN: [415] Power Rear Sunshade
Grp Grp

Blinds, Side

CONTAINED IN: [415] Power Rear Sunshade
Grp Grp

BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line with Extended Contents

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Carbon Fiber On Console And Instrument Panel ; Leather On Doors; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Std Std

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Dark Red Sycamore Wood Trim

$995 $1080

Piano Finish Black Trim

$995 $1080

White Ash Grain Wood Trim

$995 $1080

Merino Leather Dashboard

CONTAINED IN: [ZAP5] Seat Upholstery, Amaro Brown Extended Merino Leather; [ZAWT] Seat Upholstery, Cohiba Brown / Black Extended Merino Leather; [ZAG8] Seat Upholstery, Golden Brown Extended Merino Leather; [ZAML] Seat Upholstery, Nutmeg Extended Merino Leather; [ZAOW] Seat Upholstery, Opal White Extended Merino Leather
N/C N/C

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals, Body-Color Heated Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Warranty Full Service, 36 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Metallic Paint

$505 $550

Priority 1 Metallic

$1795 $1950

Paint, Gloss Two-Tone

Std Std

Park Distance Control

INCLUDES: Parking Distance Sensors, Front Park Distance Control Radar; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Distance Control Radar CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
$690 $750

Active Blind Spot Detection

$460 $500

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 8

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Blind Junction Cameras

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Collision Warning System, Active Driving Assistant

CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driving Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Dynamic Stability Control (Dsc)

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Active Headlights

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driving Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Std Std

Parking Camera, 360 Degrees

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Park Distance Control Radar

CONTAINED IN: [508] Park Distance Control
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Distance Control Radar

CONTAINED IN: [508] Park Distance Control
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Side Camera

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth/Leather Combination Carbonstructure Anthracite/Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, Sports

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Sports

CONTAINED IN: [ZCP] Competition Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench 40/20/40 Folding

Std Std

Rear Seats, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ZEC] Executive Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Cloth/Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front 14-Way Power Heated Sports with Memory

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Cloth/Leather Combination Carbonstructure Anthracite/Black

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Silverstone Extended Merino Leather

$875 $950

Seat Upholstery, Silverstone Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Silverstone Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino Leather

$875 $950

Seat Upholstery, Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Sakhir Orange/Black Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ZCP] Competition Package
$875 $950

Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ZCP] Competition Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Sonoma Beige Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black Extended Merino Leather

$875 $950

Seat Upholstery, Black Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Silverstone Full Merino Leather

$3310 $3600

Seat Upholstery, Silverstone Full Merino Leather

$2440 $2650

Seat Upholstery/Color, Silverstone Full Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino Leather

$3310 $3600

Seat Upholstery, Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino Leather

$2440 $2650

Seat Upholstery/Color, Sakhir Orange/Black Full Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Full Merino Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ZCP] Competition Package
$3310 $3600

Seat Upholstery, Sonoma Beige Full Merino Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ZCP] Competition Package
$2440 $2650

Seat Upholstery/Color, Sonoma Beige Full Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black Full Merino Leather

$3310 $3600

Seat Upholstery, Black Full Merino Leather

$2440 $2650

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Full Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Golden Brown Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $3500

Seat Upholstery, Golden Brown Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $2550

Seat Upholstery/Color, Golden Brown Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Nutmeg Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $3500

Seat Upholstery, Nutmeg Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $2550

Seat Upholstery/Color, Nutmeg Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Opal White Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $3500

Seat Upholstery, Opal White Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $2550

Seat Upholstery/Color, Opal White Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Amaro Brown Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $3500

Seat Upholstery, Amaro Brown Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $2550

Seat Upholstery/Color, Amaro Brown Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Cohiba Brown / Black Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $3500

Seat Upholstery, Cohiba Brown / Black Extended Merino Leather

INCLUDES: [XT1] Merino Leather Dashboard
$2345 $2550

Seat Upholstery/Color, Cohiba Brown / Black Extended Merino Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, iDrive AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD/DVD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Screen

Std Std

DVD/VCD

Std Std

MP3 Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Sixteen Harman/Kardon® Speakers Subwoofer and Surround Sound

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Alternate Suspension

Std Std

Delete: Responsive Suspension

CONTAINED IN: [ZSU] Standard Suspension
Grp Grp

Responsive Suspension

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Standard Suspension

INCLUDES: Delete: Responsive Suspension; Driver Modes: Suspension NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ZCP] Competition Package
N/C N/C

Tires, P255/40ZR18 Summer Front & P275/40ZR18 Summer Rear

Std Std

Wheels, 20" Forged Light Alloy Star-Spoke Style 666 M with Mixed Performance Tires

N/C N/C

Wheels, 20" M Forged Black Star-Spoke Style 666 M with Mixed Performance Tires

N/C N/C

Wheels, 19" Light Alloy Double-Spoke Style 437 M with Mixed Performance Tires

$1105 $1200

Wheels, 19" Black Light-Alloy Double-Spoke Style 437 M with Mixed Perf. Tires

$1105 $1200

Wheels, 19" Black Light-Alloy Double-Spoke Style 437 M with Mixed Perf. Tires

N/C N/C

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 BMW announces Lease/APR Credit on select models for eligible College Graduates. 01-02-2020
$1000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. 01-02-2020
$250 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. 01-02-2020
$4000 BMW announces APR Credit that is good towards a purchase through BMW Financial Services of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-02-2019
$0 2.99% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-02-2019
$3500 BMW announces Lease Credit on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-02-2019
$0 3.99% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-02-2019
$2500 BMW announces a Customer Cash Credit on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-02-2019