Dec 01, 2008
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $64,800

Smooth yet deceptively powerful V8 builds gives everything it’s got at 8,400 rpm limit; suspension, steering and brakes give both excellent control and superb feel; tunable M button ramps up throttle sensitivity, steering feel, and suspension dampening even further. Crisp 6-speed offers flawless shifting.


iDrive still takes some getting used to. Tall people in the front means minimal leg room in the rear. Tires offer little curb protection for expensive rims. Needs a heads-up display.


Much more of a high-speed instrument than its predecessor, this M3 demands skill when driven hard but requires little when just running around town—and four doors make it the perfect package for the weekend racer with a life away from the track.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Horsepower 414hp
EPA Mileage 14/20mpg

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