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BMW M3 2021 Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

BMW M3 2021 Review Australia

 

When the news of a new BMW M3 hit the market, it made big headlines and drew tons of attention from the media as well as the fans. The spy shots and the leaked teaser of the BMW M3 2021 excited everyone, and when it finally arrived, we were left with four wheels, four doors, six cylinders, and two angry-looking nostrils. The new design and style of the M3 have left the internet polarised, but past its appearance, the M3 is a serious car. The 2021 model has an evolved version of the B58 motor, making it more powerful than other competitors. To find out if this sports car still thrills despite improved refinement and a muted bark, keep on reading our BMW M3 review. 

 

BMW M3 engine:

The BMW M3 has a twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-6 gas engine that is an evolved version of the motor present under the bonnet of sub-M cars and is called the S58. This engine produces 353kW of power and 550 Nm of torque. This grows in the higher-performance competition guise that is it produces 375kW of power at 6250rpm and 650 Nm of torque from 2750rpm, all the way to 5500rpm. 

 

The base powers the rear-wheel-drive through  6-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. The Competition spec car is only available with the automatic transmission. 

 

BMW M3 exterior:

It has been observed that the BMW designers feel to polarise the auto market by producing a controversial design direction once in a generation. Van Hooydonk did so by gradually increasing the size of BMW's kidney grille. Many see this increase as comical proportions. 

 

The latest variants of BMW M3's 'kidney grille' have received mixed reactions as well. To many, this descending grille remiss the popular carrot-munching cartoon rabbit's upper teeth. Although it has suffered many critiques, none can deny that the car's exterior dominates first visual impressions. 

 

What makes the modern M3 and M3 are its pumped-up guards, and in this model, it is filled by fat 19-inch forged alloy rims at the front and 20-inch at the rear. The Competition guise comes with 19 and 20-inch dual-spoke forged alloy wheels. 

 

The unique exterior colour of the new BMW M3 2021 that stops the passers-by in their tracks is the 'Isle of Man Green metallic' paint. It is a deep, lustrous shade that helps to highlight the curves and angles of this car.  The car's tough expression is accentuated by the bulging bonnet. This bulging boot carries angular strakes back from the grille and includes a pair of faux vents as well. 

 

The widow has an 'M high-gloss Shadow Line' black framing that balances the side skirts and the front splitter. The tail has a multi-layered stack of horizontal lines and sections. The roof is made of gloss carbon fibre which looks flawless and stunning. 

 

BMW M3 interior:

The interior of this car is as unique as the exterior.  The BMW M3 has an entire 'Merino' leather interior that comes in 'Kyalami Orange' and black colour. The combination of interior and exterior colour is bold, technical, and provides a strong athletic feel.

 

Inside the cabin, there is plenty of room. On the upfront, you get ample room as well as lots of storage. This includes a big armrest between the front seats, two large cup holders and a wireless charging pad. It also has a large glovebox and sizable bins in the doors with separate sections for full-size bottles. 

 

The driver's seat has lots of rear head, leg, and toe room. This makes it different from the other 3 Series models because their headroom has been tighter for taller people.

 

The rear seats also have brilliant features. One of three climate control zones is reserved for the rear. It comes with adjustable vents and digital temperature control. The other 3 Series models did not have a fold-down centre armrest in the back, but the BMW M3 2021 has pockets with big bottle holders in the doors. The rear also has plenty of rear head, leg, and toe room.

 

Coming towards the power and connectivity options, the front console gets a USB-A slot and 12V socket. There is a USB-C port in the centre console box, and there are two USB-C outlets in the rear. The boot space in the M3 2021 is 480 litres, which is above average for this class. On both sides of the load space, you get small, netted bays, tie-down anchors, and the boot lid that has an auto function.

 

BMW M3 safety:

ANCAP hasn't tested the M3 2021, but in 2019, the 2.0-litre 3 Series models had received a maximum five-star rating.

 

The standard safety features that the BMW M3 2021 includes the following: 

 Emergency Brake Assist

 Pedestrian and cyclist detection

 Dynamic Brake Control

 Cornering Brake Control

 Dry Braking' function 

 Integrated wheel slip limitation

 Lane change warning

 Lane departure warning

 Rear cross-traffic alert 

 Front, side, and knee airbags for the front seaters

 Side curtain bags for both rows of seats

 

Other safety features include 'Park Distance Control' that has front and rear sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, Parking Assistant Plus, and 'Attentiveness Assistant' function. The car will also make an 'Automatic Emergency Call upon sensing a crash. In addition, it has a first aid kit and a warning triangle on the board.

 

BMW M3 price:

The BMW M3 2021 has an entry price of $154,900, before on-road costs. This lines it up directly with Audi's RS 5 Sportback that is available at $150,900. 

 

Pros:

 Easy to drive fast

 Amazing standard features

 Excellent safety features

 Slick manual transmission

 Tons of grip

 Dynamic performance

 Great quality and refinement

 Excellent power delivery

 

Cons:

 The styling of the M3 2021 is questionable

 It has a muted engine and exhaust

 M3 2021 has a polarising grille design

 It has a slower auto transmission than last year's DCT

 The wireless CarPlay is patchy

 

The final verdict! 

The M3 2021 has everything new. It has BMW's S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo, and you also get a contemporary styling and a fresh interior. It also incorporates a more advanced infotainment system and features such as a drift analyser and ten-way adjustable traction control. All this makes the BMW M3 2021 a good choice. Whether or not you decide upon the M3 2021, ensure that every car you go with has a clear past. In order to confirm the hidden past of any vehicle, use the Quick Revs platform now! 

 

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