The convertible features a special leather surface for the seats that reflects sunlight. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, equally suited to long-distance drives and fast canyon runs. Like the E92 only with no roof! And, like Jennings, its success annoys some people. And note that the 3 Series sedan continues as a 2011 model until the first quarter of 2012, when the all-new sedan debuts as a 2012 model. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Suppose that's why people have choices. The C63 is an amazing car.
Although stiffer than its predecessor, which is quite an achievement given the new model's much firmer suspension, the M3 convertible will quiver and shake in pothole-infested Michigan. Is it as go-kart like as the older, lighter E36? Add it all up, and the C63 is one point short of a tie. The interior is simple, but well-executed. At top speed, on an admittedly uneven road, the M3 cabrio did want both hands on the wheel. No, but it's much more powerful and a much nicer car to drive from a comfort perspective. . I think that an 8 speed transmission is just too busy.
Then, when you want to have a little fun take corners aggressively on winding roads, you will switch it into Sport. How could M do such a thing? Just as the 2012 M5 transitioned from a V-10 to a V-8, expect the new M3 to have a boosted six-cylinder engine under its hood when it debuts. Would I pay the extra money for the drop top? My old 6-speed steptronic 550 and 540 were much more fun to drive, and the fact that they were not turbo gave me a much greater sense of speed. We found ourselves hurling the M3 into corners ever faster, knowing the car was so well-planted on its big Michelin Pilot Sport tires that we would simply track through as if on a tether. You can expect to feel a little of that power at the pump though as it only returns 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
But on the track, where you want to flirt with the limit, the C63 lets go with less warning. The M3 saloon is powered by the same engine as the other two versions. A new Individual Composition Package is also introduced this year, offering a choice of three unique metallic exterior colors Ruby Black, Azurite Black, and Moonstone , three unique leather colors with extended leather surfaces Champagne, Platinum, and Rust Brown , plus Individual piano black interior trim. Although it's not over the top in exaggerated air dams and spoilers, each of the understated elements of this car are timeless. In fact, the M3 convertible's 13.
An M-specific gauge cluster highlights the dash, while the leather-wrapped steering wheel provides easy access to audio and Bluetooth connectivity controls. It also gets better gas mileage. I had driven the E90 coupe back in 2009 equipped with that same box and I remember raving on how quick and brilliant the system was, claiming that it was, in some cases, more enjoyable than a stick. The folding hard-top creates shut lines the Coupe doesn't have, but all in all it's one of the best-looking cars of its type. The darkness issue is easily solved by putting the top down on the Convertible, but the monotone, standard black of the dash and controls can still come off as somber instead of sporty. The M3 Coupe and Convertible are among the best-looking mainstream sports cars available. Rollover Protection System Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint.
Despite the top-notch build quality, engine noise can be an issue at higher speeds or under heavy acceleration. Passing on a back road is simply a matter of using the beautiful shifter to select third gear and planting your right foot. Keep your foot in it, and the M3 convertible will still be pulling strongly when you run into the electronic governor, which truncated the acceleration curve at 157 mph in our car, although the speedo needle was nearly touching the 170 mark. Active safety features, designed to help the driver avoid collisions, include Dynamic Stability Control and the latest generation antilock brakes. With performance beyond the level of any normal 3 Series, the M3 boasts great handling, ample power, and an overall well-balanced driving experience.
The optional M Drive system adds the ability to configure and store different settings for the various dynamic control elements, including steering, damping, and stability control. It puts a smile on my face any time I even look at it. The fun is just as much in the journey as it is to arrive. Today's 3 Series is immediately recognizable as a direct descendant of the first 3 Series, which arrived in the U. The E93 convertible version joined the M3 lineup shortly after the E92's launch, and is based directly on the M3 Coupe.
The new transmission is an 8-speed steptronic, which I think is too many speeds. Paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, it's a recipe for excellent acceleration, reaching 60 mph in just 4. The current-generation M3 was launched as a 2008 model. Even though relegated to 120 mph till the 1200 mile service in. Whether you opt for the 2-door Coupe, 4-door sedan or M3 Convertible, the 3 Series execution remains faithful to the 1975 concept.
But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. The hood has a substantial power bulge flanked by a pair of vents, hinting at the V-8 powerhouse underneath. It's a delight to have the 2012 M3 Coupe in our garage. It seemed big and swoopy and bloated. For the money though, a V8 engine, rear wheel drive, back seats, convertible hard top, dual clutch 7 speed transmission - I'm not sure of any car that matches up to this, I don't even think there is one, let me know if you think otherwise. Actually, as far as my memory is concerned, it felt exactly the same as the E90 coupe I had tested 6 years ago. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.