2021 BMW M3
Horsepower @ RPM:473
Torque @ RPM:405
0-60 time:4.1 sec.
Top Speed:155 mph
The 2021 BMW M3 comes with extra power, AWD, and more Bimmerness than ever before
The 2021 BMW M3 (G80) is the sixth-generation of the company’s high-performance compact sedan. Based on the seventh-generation 3 Series (G20), it debuts many firsts for the nameplate. Design-wise, 2021 M3 stands out thanks to its massive kidney grille, a feature it shares only with the M4 as of 2020. It’s also the first M3 model available in two versions: there’s a base M3 with 473 horsepower and a beefed-up M3 Competition model with 503 horsepower. The two-model lineup is an answer to the Mercedes-AMG C 63, available in standard and S guises. The 2021 M3 is also the first of its kind to feature an all-wheel-drive system. It’s available as an option for the M3 Competition trim. Unlike its competitors, the 2021 M3 retains a manual transmission, offered as standard on the base model. Let’s find out more about all of the above in the review below.
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1991 BMW M3 Sport Evolution - The Quarter Million Dollar Unicorn?
When BMW designed the M3 E30 it wanted to have a racing sedan that can also be driven on the road. When it was unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show, the model was very well received. In a very short period of time, it also scored many victories in various racing series, making the M3 E30 became one of the most desirable BMW models out there.
The first Evolution model was launched in 1988, and then in 1990, the most powerful model in BMW’s E30 3 Series was added to the lineup. It was, of course, the M3 Sport Evolution, with only 600 units being produced worldwide, out of which only 51 units were built to UK specifications.
2022 BMW M3 Competition - Driving Impressions
The BMW 3 Series is widely regarded as the poster child of what a compact luxury sedan is supposed to be. The M3 Competition, on the other hand, serves as a firm representation of what a compact performance saloon should be. The range of sheer precision and performance between a base 3 Series and the M3 Competition is so wide that the two couldn’t feel more different from a driver’s perspective. With just over 500 horsepower on tap, is the M3 Competition really suitable as a daily road car, though? I spent a week with it to find out, and let’s just say that there’s more to the M3 than the grille.
The 2023 BMW M3 CSL Prototype Caught Testing At The Nürburgring For The First Time!
Until recently our spy photographers were only able to catch prototypes of the future BMW M4 CSL out for various testing sessions. But today, for the first time, they also spotted a prototype of the future M3 CSL, and, the best part: it was caught testing around Nürburgring.
Track Battle: Can The Ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R Take On The BMW M3 xDrive Competition
Power to weight ratio is an important tangible aspect of any car when it comes to performance. But where is the point in which big horsepower prevails over a better power-to-weight ratio? Auto Express has provided an answer to that, by pitting the ultra-lightweight Caterham 360R versus the tech-heavy BMW M3 xDrive Competition, in a race around a racetrack.
The BMW M3 CS Will Be a Brutal Machine for its Size
2022 is going to be one of the biggest years for BMW in a long time. Not only does it represent 50 years of BMW M, but we’ll also get to see the first-ever M3 Touring and there’s a hybrid M5 that could debut this year too. But, next year is going to be a big deal too, and at least part of that is thanks to the new M3 CS. While there’s little hope of seeing the M3 CS outside of spy shots this year, a new report claims that it’ll now enter production in March 2023 – three months ahead of schedule. But, that’s not all that we’ve learned, and what’s coming next is huge!
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Finally Manages To Get A BMW-sized Chip Off Its Shoulder!
There is something about the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and tuned BMWs. Despite boasting a lot more power than its German rival even in its tuned form, the Challenger just couldn’t beat a tuned BMW in the past. I’m talking about the time when it got spanked hard by a tuned M4. This time, it faced a tuned F80 BMW M3 and seemed to be having a déjà vu, but somehow managed to get redemption.
Scoop: BMW M3 Touring Spotted Without Camouflage
BMW fanboy or not, people are on the prowl online looking for the upcoming M3 Touring’s all-important rear end. Well, you’re in luck. Photos of uncamouflaged pre-production have surfaced on Instagram. Now, the camouflage that we’ve previously seen in the many spy shots never really concealed the overall form of the M3 Touring, to begin with, and these latest pictures finally disclose what the wagon looks like.
This Is Your First Official Look At The Upcoming BMW M3 Touring Wagon
BMW kick-started 2022 by announcing that the BMW M3 Touring is finally being realized. More than two decades after it was revealed as a concept, BMW is back on the wagon (pun intended) to create a production version. Although it has been spotted quite a few times in the past, we hadn’t seen it without the camouflage yet. Even the teaser that BMW released didn’t show it without the skin. But, the latest video from the German automaker has finally given us a glimpse of its bare back, and we got to say, it is sexy!
Audi RS3 vs BMW M3 Competition – This Drag Race Had No Business Being So Interesting
Mat Watson and his team from ‘Carwow’ brought in two hot German cars for a drag race. One’s the Audi RS3, and the other a BMW M3 Competition. The Audi RS3, in its reinvigorated avatar, is an absolute beast and punches well above its weight. It makes a lot less power than the BMW M3 Competition, but managed to keep up well in these races, especially the drag races. Can the Audi RS3 be considered as the hottest entry-level performance car today?
The BMW M3 Superwagon Could Launch Very, Very Soon
The BMW M3 Touring – the first-ever wagonized M3 – has been in the works for a very long time. We saw the 2023 M3 Touring testing at the Nürburgring way back in October of 2021, which means it was in development for at least a year before that point. By early 2022, BMW had actually confirmed the M3 Touring. Despite being a forbidden fruit here in the U.S., the M3 Touring is one of the most anticipated BMWs in recent memory, and now we’ve learned that it could be revealed this summer with sales likely to commence before the end of fall.
Drag Race: Watch This 43-HP Vespa Punch Well Above Its Weight Against A 430-HP BMW M3
When it comes to drag racing, cars vs motorcycles is particularly interesting. We always wonder how powerful a car needs to be in order to run with a crouch-rocket, but this time, it’s the other way around. A highly-modified Vespa scooter thinks it has enough horsepower to go up against an almost stock, BMW E92 M3. The BMW outguns the Vespa 10:1, in terms of horsepower, but it also weighs a lot more, which results in some surprisingly close races.
The BMW i4 M50 Challenges The BMW M3 For The Performance Sedan Crown
BMW is gradually expanding its EV lineup and one of the newest additions is the BMW i4 M50. This is currently the closest thing to an all-electric equivalent of the BMW M3 Competition, which is why CarWow decided to pit these two together, for a series of drag races.
2023 BMW M3 Touring Competition Spied Up Close And Personal
In the past few months, BMW has been very busy testing and teasing the future M3 Touring. If back in October 2021 the M3 Touring was caught testing around Nurburgring, the beginning of January 2022 gave us a teaser that announced the car is indeed going to be launched this year. The bad news, however, is that the M3 Touring won’t be offered in the United States, because it will be bad for business. Testing however continues in Europe, and our spy photographers were just on the right place to take a few more shots of the next wagon, including some images of the interior.
Vorsteiner’s Aero Kit Aims To Fix The BMW M3 And M4’s Grille
While the current BMW M3 and M4 are still relatively new cars as they haven’t even reached two years in their life cycle, it seems like these high-performance cars have already existed for way longer due to how much people are still talking about its schnoz. Thankfully, Vorsteiner may have a fix for that.
The Audi RS4 Avant Gets A New Rival In The Form Of The BMW M3 Touring!
If you belong to the breed that believes wagons are the most practical vehicles out there, then this news will make you happy. BMW is coming up with a wagon based on the M3 called the M3 Touring. This is the first performance wagon from the German automaker that’s set to hit the production line. It has been spotted a few times before, but there was no official confirmation on it… until now.
BMW has teased the M3 Touring on its Instagram page, thus confirming that it has broken the shackles and come out of its orthodox mentality that a performance wagon is not something customers want. Do you think it will do well?
Did Zacoe Do A Good Job In Improving The BMW M3 And M4’s Looks?
Drag Race: Porsche 911 Carrera vs BMW M3 Competition - Which Car Will Claim Supremacy?
The Porsche 911 is known to be a driver’s car. Lately, we’ve seen various 911 models dominate the drag strip as well. But, is the base 911 Carrera also in the same league? Mat Watson from Carwow finds out by pitting it against the BMW M3 Competition for a series of straight-line races. The BMW makes 125 horses more than the Porsche, but it is also almost 500 pounds heavier. Which car do you think will win?
BMW M3 Competition And Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Driven Back To Back
Carwow has been synonymous with staging some of the most exciting drag races, more often than not, between stock, production cars. However, the same YouTube channel, occasionally gives us a proper comparison between two high-performance vehicles – in this case, the new BMW M3 Competition and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio GTAm.
BMW M Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With Special Logo
BMW M was established back in May 1972 in order to facilitate BMW’s racing program. It started small, with only 35 employees and its first project was the 3.0 CSL. The company grew slowly, and in 1978 it revealed its official M-badged car for the public: the M1. Today BMW M offers modified versions for nearly every BMW nameplate, with the exception of the Z4, 7-Series and X1.
And now, to celebrate half a century of existence, BMW M is offering its customers the possibility to decorate their cars with a special logo inspired by the classic "BMW Motorsport" logo.
The BMW M3 Touring Isn’t Coming Stateside Because It’s Bad for Business
It was in mid-October when we laid eyes on the BMW M3 Touring as it did some hardcore testing on the Nürburgring.It was wearing that controversial big grille, an aggressive front fascia, and looking every bit the M3 Touring we always wanted. Then we learned that the M3 Touring won’t be coming to the United States. The reason behind it, strangely enough, has nothing to do with the lack of interest in wagons or the love for SUVS. In fact, it’s actually BMW making a good business decision.
2021 G-Power G4M Bi-Turbo and G3M Bi-Turbo
G-Power is famous for its upgrade kits for the BMW models. As it was to be expected, the new BMW M3 and the M4 with their striking kidney grilles caught the tuner’s attention too and they both received some serious power boost. Both packages - called G3M and G4M - will be available for order starting December 2021.
This Is The Only BMW E46 M3 With a V-10 Paired to a Dual-Clutch Automatic And Is Said To Be The Ultimate
In the world of modified cars, engine swaps are quite a common practice. And while certain engines are the go-to powertrains for that, there are those that are more unconventional. This YouTube video from AutoTopNL give a good example because it features a BMW E46 M3 with an S85 engine from a BMW E60 M5. But that’s not all it has.
Watch A Mercedes-AMG SLS Indulge In An Epic Drag Race With A BMW M3 Competition
The Mercedes-AMG SLS is an iconic machine and it will go down in the history books as one of the most legendary monikers to have ever graced us. It isn’t just about that long hood or the gullwing doors; the car is a beast on the track. The folks at Carwow pit it against a BMW M3 Competition to set up a naturally aspirated V-8 vs a twin-turbo straight-six. Do you think the SLS has in it to take down the turbocharged M3?
Watch A BMW M3 Competition RWD Take On An M3 Competition xDrive On The Drag Strip
Mat Watson from ‘Carwow’ brought two BMW M3 Competitions to the drag strip for a series of drag races. The only difference between these two cars is their drive layout. One is a rear-wheel-drive model, whereas the other features an all-wheel-drive system. On paper, the M3 Competition RWD is almost half a second slower to 60 mph from a standstill. Will that play a huge role in determining the winner of this race? Let’s find out.
A 2020 Toyota Supra takes on a tuned Jeep Grand Cherokee and a BMW M3
The Wheels YouTube Channel regularly put out videos on some really interesting cars going head to head at the drag strip. They were back at the Bandimere Speedway, in Morrison Colorado, and on this occasion, they had a Toyota Supra take on a tuned Jeep Grand Cherokee and a BMW M3.
BMW’s Future Designs Need to be Bold and Meaningful
As BMW navigates the inevitable course to the future that doesn’t only include electrification of its lineup, but digitalization and sustainability, the company has been forced to rethink everything it stands for, all the way down to a design standpoint. This was never more evident than when BMW released the controversially grilled BMW M3 and the even bolder M4. And, while nobody can argue that the design of the M3 and M4 were definitely bold, that’s actually just the start of things.
This Is What Happens When The BMW M3 Competition and The Audi RS5 Sportback Take On A 2011 Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series
The ‘Carwow’ team brought in three hot German cars to the drag strip for a series of drag and rolling races. The contenders this time were the Audi RS5 Sportback, the BMW M3 Competition, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series. They all have different characteristics, and that is what makes the races unpredictable? Which car do you think is going to win?
2023 BMW M3 Touring Spied Testing At The Nürburgring!
Spotting the BMW M3 Touring is like spotting a Mewtwo. It’s a beautiful Pokémon, but it’s rare. The last time we spotted the M3 Touring was back in 2020. Now, almost a year later, it has been spied again testing at the Nürburgring. However, there isn’t anything different this time around, and our spy photographers informed us that it even had the same registration number as the prototype from last year.
2021 BMW M3 by AC Schnitzer
One can say a lot of bad things about the new generation BMW M3, but when it comes to power, everyone should agree that 500 horsepower (more or less) is enough for a sports sedan. But AC Schnitzer thinks there is room for improvement, for final output but also for the M3’s handling and aerodynamics. And, its last tuning package does exactly that: transforms the M3 in the car everyone will want to drive!
Interfamily War: Watch Three Different BMW M Cars Take On Each Other For Straight-Line Supremacy
Jamie from ‘Officially Gassed – OG’ uploaded a video on his YouTube channel that involved three BMW M cars. The suspects were a tuned 650-horsepower M140i, a 590-horsepower M2, and a 580-horsepower BMW M3 Competition. All of them were unique in their ways and hold accolades that make them a sure winner. But, there can only be one winner, and the best way to find that out is to pit them against each other.
Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races
Drag races are fun when the cars involved in the race are closely matched and you don’t know which one’s going to win. They’re even more fun when they’re vastly different from each other, but make for a hell of a race. Or, sometimes the underdog snatches a win over the car expected to be the winner. However, there are some lopsided races once in a while, and this one between the BMW M3 Competition and the Volkswagen Golf R is one of them. Both the cars are known for their performance, but when they came face-to-face, it was a different story altogether.
BMW G80 M3 Competition Puts Down A Sub-Three-Second 0 to 60 MPH Time
The BMW M3 does not need an introduction. It has been setting the benchmark for performance cars since 1986, and although the newer models are a far cry from the lightweight homologation model that was the E30 M3, they are still some of the most praised driver’s cars. With the G80 now being the quickest-accelerating M3, you have to ask yourself, can a stock BMW M3 get any quicker? The answer is given by YouTube channel Drag Times, which managed to get its hands on a BMW M3 Competition xDrive.
This Tuned Nissan Silvia Gets Schooled On The Drag Strip By A BMW M3 Only To Take Revenge Minutes Later
Carwow is here with yet another exciting match-up for a series of straight-line races. On one corner, there’s a through-and-through German in the form of the BMW M3 Competition, and on the other, we have the Nissan Silvia that’s been tuned to make 600 horses. The JDM car was built by Nissan from 1999 to 2002 and would’ve been largely obscure (not with the enthusiasts) if not for the Fast and Furious movies. But, here it is, on the drag strip, taking on the M3 Competition, one of the most solid performers that you can buy new today.
Track Battle: Can a Mildly Modified Nissan 370Z Take On a Track-Prepped BMW E46 M3?
Drag races are fun, but let’s face it, a true test for a sports car should include some corners. This is exactly why the YouTube channel Driving Line is presenting us with the “Driver Battles” series, where two drivers and their cars set the best possible lap times around a race track. Today’s time attack shootout is at Willow Springs race track and two of the most preferred build platforms go at it.
How On Earth Did A Stock BMW M3 Competition Manage To Beat A Tuned Nissan Skyline GT-R And A Tuned Ford Mustang?
Carwow is back with another drag racing video, and this time, they had a pretty interesting mix. The contenders for this race were a Ford Mustang, a Nissan Skyline, and a BMW M3. The BMW M3 was in the Competition spec and completely stock. However, the Japanese and the American weren’t. The Nissan made 750 horses whereas the Ford put out 735 ponies. The M3, on the other hand, makes a little over 500 horsepower. Which car do you think will claim the bragging rights this time?
Watch 1,450 Horses Get Unleashed On A Drag Strip In This Epic Mercedes vs BMW battle
Mercedes came up with an AMG C63 Black Series almost a decade back. The team at Carwow brought it to the drag strip to take on an F80 BMW M3. Both these vehicles, however, are tuned and make 1,450 horses combined. While the BMW features a pair of hybrid turbos, the Mercedes features a supercharged under the hood. They go up against each other in a series of rolling and drag races. Which tuned car do you think will win the showdown?
Watch a Toyota Yaris GR and A BMW M3 Square Off In A Strange Drag Race
Have you ever wondered which car would win between an old BMW M3 and a new generation Toyota Yaris? Well, CarWow answers that question for you. The British Youtube Giant is famous for putting together some unusual drag races. They even did one with tipper lorries, believe it or not.
BMW M3 Competition MH3 600 by Manhart
Just like ABT Sportsline is to Audi, Manhart is to BMW. The German aftermarket company is known to customize Bimmers quite tastefully. They look quite different from the stock models, but nothing too extravagant. Their latest build is a testimony to that. Manhart has come up with its own version of the 2021 BMW M3 Competition called the MH3 600. The car comes with a black-and-gold combination on the outside that looks swell. But, it’s not just this. It also makes over 100 horses more and features a different suspension setup and exhaust system.
Do You Think A BMW E46 M3 Can Beat The Toyota GR Yaris On A Drag Strip?
The BMW E46 M3 is fast, but can it beat the hot GR Yaris in straight-line races? The folks are Carwow brought these two together on a race track for an off-beat series of races. The GR Yaris comes from Toyota’s performance arm, whereas the E46 M3 belongs to a class that is arguably the best generation – or at least right on top there – that BMW has ever produced. Who do you have your bets on?
Can An Old Tuned BMW M3 Beat The New M3?
The new BMW M3 was the talk of the town for the longest time for its face. The company didn’t change it despite the outcry, but I guess it is time to move on. That aside, the car is still a great handler. The switch to the torque converter from a dual-clutch has also drawn polarizing opinions, but overall the new M3 is a delight on the tarmac.
The folks at Carwow pit the new M3 Competition against the old BMW M3 for a series of races and tests. But, the catch here is that the old M3 isn’t in its factory tune. The car comes with a power bump and makes 700 horses as opposed to the new M3’s 510. Will this play a big role in the result?
This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times
The go-fast version of the E46-generation 3 Series is seen as some sort of a last hurrah since it stands as the final M3 to be powered by a naturally aspirated inline-six engine. With turbocharging being the norm nowadays, an N/A M3 may never return and, as such, we look back fondly to the E46 M3, the first properly fast M3.
Or do we? Many criticized BMW for fitting this M3 with the SMG-II semi-automatic transmission that was lackluster at low revs and oftentimes sluggish when compared to the manual six-speed transmission. Then there was also the crowd that bought M3s that blended in well with the rest of Bimmer owners that give the Munich-based company a bad rep because of the way they behave in traffic. RCR dives in to give its opinion on whether the E46 M3 was a hero or a villain.
Care to Know How the Drift Analyzer in the new BMW M3 and M4 Works?
BMW has taken some very controversial decisions in recent times, but the one we are talking about today will definitely be liked by BMW enthusiasts. The latest M3 and M4 models come with a drift mode. Having at least 480 horsepower, the BMW M3 and M4 are certainly capable of kicking the back end out, which is why the good people of BMW have given us the M Drift Analyzer. The YouTube channel “BMWBLOG” gives us a demonstration of this function.
The BMW M3 Competition Is Lighter Than Claimed Because Politics
If someone tells you that a particular performance car’s weight figures are rigged, you would assume the company has listed it to be lighter than what it actually weighs. I mean, wouldn’t a lighter car hold more advantage over a heavier car? But as it turns out, that’s not the case with the Euro-spec BMW M3 Competition. The folks at MotorTrend weighed the car and found out that the BMW M3 Competition is actually 150 pounds lighter than what the company claims. Why, you ask? Because of EU regulations! Yeah, we were as confused as you at first.
BMW’s xDrive AWD System Makes the M3 and M4 Competition Faster Than You’d Expect
The Next-Gen BMW M3 Will Probably Be Electric
The current BMW M3 (and M4, for that matter) are so new that the welds on the have yet to cool, so why would I even consider talking about the next-gen model already? Because time tends to fly, and the next-gen M3 will actually be here before we know it. Add to this the fact that automotive technology is advancing incredibly fast, and it’s hard not to think about how different the next-gen M3 might actually be. Will BMW follow the hybridization route or will it go one step further and make the BMW M3 (And M4) full-on electric vehicles? I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’ll be the latter, and my reasoning behind this is rooted deeply in logic.
Artist Creates the Mythical BMW M4 Shooting Brake and the M4 Gran Turismo With Perfection
BMW has no plans to build shooting brake and Gran Turismo versions of the M4, but that hasn’t stopped digital artist Sugar Design from imagining what they could look like if the German automaker put them to production. Designed with the familiar styling of a coupé with extended hatchback proportions, the M4 Shooting Brake looks like a car that BMW should build. The M4 Gran Turismo, however, looks like what you’d expect to see from the M3 Gran Turismo if that model ends up becoming a real thing.
There’s Actually a Good Reason BMW Doesn’t Offer a DCT in the M3 and M4
BMW has decided to use the ZF eight-speed torque-converter automatic instead of the DCT unit we are used to seeing on the previous generation M-cars. In this video, Karsten – the man in charge of M GmbH transmission design – explains the reasoning behind why a modern performance car like the BMW M3 or M4 would flourish with old-school transmission technology.
Here’s How The Traction Control In the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Works
From the M Drift Analyzer to the two brake settings and the second M mode further split into Road, Sport, and Track, the new BMW M3 and M4 are brimming with geeky tech meant to boost one thing and one thing only: the driver’s pleasure. At the same time, the traction control system developed by BMW M is a brand new concept that comes to improve on the old one used in the previous M3 and M4.
The BMW M3 and M4’s Drift Analyzer Is The Coolest Useless Feature We’ve Ever Seen
You Should Probably Hear What Chris Harris Has to Say About the BMW M3
BMW’s new design language has raised more than a few eyebrows in recent times. The G20 generation of the BMW M3 has taken a lot of flak because of its looks, and because it’s the brand’s best-selling performance car.
Needless to say, many of the more traditional BMW fans see the new design of the M3 as a botched plastic surgery, mostly with regards to the front fascia. We are not going to get into details about the front grille design, as this is a subject as hackneyed as the death of the Dodge supercharged V-8 engines or the fact that the Corvette is now a mid-engine Ferrari-looking thing. But let’s get back to the new BMW M3 because the grille is just part of the issue.
1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution - A Homologation Miracle
These Renderings Make the BMW M3 Touring Look Pretty Appealing
It was not that long ago when a brief press blurb from BMW announced the arrival of the BMW M3 Touring. With the said blurb came a darkened picture of the wagon M3’s derriere, which didn’t exactly say much related to what the more practical M3 would look like.
Thankfully, the internet is oozing with skilled pixel manipulators eager to fill in the gap left by the automaker.