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2022 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test: 10,000 Miles Update

10,000 Miles Update

When we last left the M3 it was winter, and we called it the perfect spec. Have we ever had a snow frenzy? Most likely not. A few of our initial opinions have changed in the first 10,000 miles.

The M3’s record now contains pages of praise for the color combination and powertrain. Rich Sebus described the engine as a “gentle-hearted killer,” and Dave VanderWerp presented the powerful inline-six twin-turbo engine as evidence that BMW still made world-class engines, even if its desire to build ultimate driving machines seemed to wan. On that front, KC Colwell still hates steering.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Some even came up with the design. Well, it was only Eric Stafford, who bravely remarked, “Yeah, I’m a fan of the nose.” The rest of us aren’t convinced, but Stafford also correctly highlighted how often the M3 receives compliments in the real world.

Reinstalling the summer wheels and tires has raised new complaints about ride quality, an echo of our long-running 2015 BMW M3. One employee’s wives even refused to end a road trip, deciding instead to “spend a week in a nearly empty apartment” rather than “handle the penalty of sitting in the M3 on the four-hour drive to Ann Arbor.” Something tells us the car wasn’t entirely wrong.

Another issue came up on the road when Colwell took the car for 10 hours to the Virginia International Raceway for a track day that we hosted in partnership with Kaizen Autosport. Whatever hit the Ram TRX’s infotainment system seems contagious, as Apple CarPlay has stopped working at BMW. Fortunately, the M3 cured itself after a few days; We hope TRX’s immune system is strong.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Preparing for track day was refreshingly easy, considering how specialized and expensive it is with other vehicles (such as the Corvette). The M3’s base brakes blocked the channels from the factory; The owner’s manual says this is to avoid ingestion of excess water and increase drag, we imagine little effect. Fortunately, removing the plastic piece for additional cooling involves simply turning the wheels all the way in one direction, reaching under the fenders, and unscrewing the caps. It’s a two-minute task that you can do once you hit track day.

Like the C8 Chevy Corvette and Ram TRX, the M3 earned the Grand Course label. But unlike those vehicles, the M3’s average fuel economy of 21 mpg exceeded the combined EPA’s 19 mpg rating. We’ll see if this advantage continues for the next 10,000 miles as spring and summer bring more opportunities for speed.

Months in the fleet: 6 months Current odometer reading: 11,612 miles
Average fuel consumption:
21 mpg
fuel tank size:
15.6 gallons Observed fuel range: 320 miles
service:
0 dollars Plain wear: 0 dollars fix: 0 dollars
Damage and Destruction:
0 dollars

to specify

to specify

2022 BMW M3
Vehicle type: Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

price
Basic / as tested: $70,895 / $77,825
Options: Silverstone and Black Leather for the interior, $2550; Executive Package (power tailgate, gesture control, head-up display, heated steering wheel), $1,550

engine
Dual turbocharger and intercooler DOHC 24 valves inline6, aluminum block and header, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 inches32993 cm3
Power: 473 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft at 2,650 rpm

transition
6 speed manual

chassis
Suspension, F / R: strut / multi-link
Brakes, F/R: 15.0-inch, cross-drilled, 14.6-inch cross-drilled disc
Tyres: Continental Sport Contact 6
F: 275/40ZR-19 (103Y) ★
R: 285/35ZR-19 (103Y) ★

Dimensions
Wheelbase: 112.5 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Width: 74.3 inches
Height: 56.4 inches
Passenger size: 98 feet3
Trunk size: 13 feet3
Empty Weight: 3789 lbs

grandfather Test results: new
60 mph: 3.9 seconds
100 mph: 9.2 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.2 seconds @ 117 mph
130 mph: 15.4 seconds
150 mph: 22.3 seconds
The results above delete 1 foot from subtracting 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5 to 60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 7.2 seconds
Top Gear, 50 to 70 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top speed (government limited): 156 mph
Braking, 0-70 mph: 160 feet
Braking, 100 to 0 mph: 318 feet
Road, 300 feet Skidpad: 1.02g

grandfather fuel economy
Observed: 21 mpg
Unscheduled Oil Additives: 0 quart

Guarantee
4 years / 50,000 miles bumper to bumper
4 Years / 50,000 Miles Powertrain
12 years/unlimited miles for corrosion protection
4 years / unlimited miles for roadside assistance
3 years/36000 miles scheduled maintenance

grandfather Explanation of the test


an introduction

Michael Cimaricar and driver

We didn’t get the fastest 2022 BMW M3 in our 40,000-mile long-range test. Where the M3 Competition delivers 503 horsepower and available with all-wheel drive for 60 mph faster acceleration and faster lap times (very important for internet once), choosing it means you can’t get a manual transmission.

We take this omission seriously. In addition, internet points are more important to us than driving satisfaction, so our M3 in the long run has just 473 horsepower, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. So far, we think he’s the right person to live with for the next forty thousand miles.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Say what you will about the new M3’s snout, and we think the optional Isle of Man Green Metallic paint ($550) makes up for it. Paired with the black M Shadowline finish in the headlights ($300) and 18-inch wheels, the exterior has the kind of presence that impresses people in parking lots.

Inside, Silverstone, Black Leather ($2550) and single aluminum ($1080) add a pleasing contrast. We also opted for the $1,550 Executive Package that combines the necessary heated steering wheel and head-up display with the debatable power box and gesture control. The latter option lets you do things like change the volume by rotating your finger in front of the touch screen – it was one of the first features we disabled.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

The $900 million option for professionals includes a track mode setup, 10-stage traction control (yes, 10), a feature that records your drifts, and a timer function that works via an app on your phone. Overall, our M3 came in at $77,825.

The M3 break-in asked us to keep the engine speed varied, but not go beyond 5,500 rpm or 106 mph for the first 1,200 miles. After that, it’s time to visit a free service to check new rear differential fluid, new engine oil and replace the oil filter.

Between that service and the 3,100-mile mark, the owner’s manual advised, “The engine and road speeds can be gradually increased to a constant speed of 137 mph,” but “use the top speed of 155 mph only for a brief period, eg when passing.” .

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Despite these strict limitations, we found plenty to enjoy in our M3. The engine feels powerful, with a strong mid-range that is a welcome relief for on-road exploration. During testing, the M3 hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and defeated the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at 117 mph. That’s right on the heels of our test results for the standard M4, which is a bit lighter, and about half a second slower than only the automatic M3 Competition.

The short manual gear means the engine spins at about 3,000 rpm at sixth at highway speeds, which has some employees wondering if there is a seventh gear. On the other hand, most scrolling maneuvers don’t require a gear change—even those under 155 mph.

The steering has received some complaints for being overly sensitive and hyperactive at low speeds. Fortunately, things get better the faster you progress. Continental Sport Contact 6 tires wrapped around the M3’s 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels produced 1.02g on our skateboard and the braking distance from 70 to zero mph is 160 feet. This skateboard score behind the record for the M4, which was wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. We’ll have to wait for comparisons of braking performance, as it was 26 degrees when we tested the M3.

Michael Cimaricar and driver

Cooling temperatures necessitated a set of winter wheels and tyres. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a kit at the aftermarket, so we went straight through BMW. The winter package included four 19-inch wheels and a set of Michelin Pilot Alpine 5 tires for $3,710.

Considering the car’s power, rear-wheel drive, and sensitive steering, the package was fine. We enjoyed the driving satisfaction inherent in the M3 name – especially with the manual transmission. Only the automatic competition might be faster, but we’re happy with our choice so far. We’ll see how the shine lasts over 40,000 miles.

Months in the fleet: 4 months Current odometer reading: 3332 miles
Average fuel consumption: 19 mpg
fuel tank size: 15.6 gallons Observed fuel range: 290 miles
service: 0 dollars Plain wear: 0 dollars fix: 0 dollars
Damage and Destruction: 0 dollars

to specify

to specify

2022 BMW M3
Vehicle type: Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

price
Basic / as tested: $70,895 / $77,825
Options: Silverstone and Black Leather for the interior, $2550; Executive Package (power tailgate, gesture control, head-up display, heated steering wheel), $1,550

engine
Dual turbocharger and intercooler DOHC 24 valves inline6, aluminum block and header, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 inches32993 cm3
Power: 473 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft at 2,650 rpm

transition
6 speed manual

chassis
Suspension, F / R: strut / multi-link
Brakes, F/R: 15.0-inch, cross-drilled, 14.6-inch cross-drilled disc
Tyres: Continental Sport Contact 6
F: 275/40ZR-19 (103Y) ★
R: 285/35ZR-19 (103Y) ★

Dimensions
Wheelbase: 112.5 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Width: 74.3 inches
Height: 56.4 inches
Passenger size: 98 feet3
Trunk size: 13 feet3
Empty Weight: 3789 lbs

grandfather Test results: new
60 mph: 3.9 seconds
100 mph: 9.2 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.2 seconds @ 117 mph
130 mph: 15.4 seconds
150 mph: 22.3 seconds
The results above delete 1 foot from subtracting 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5 to 60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 7.2 seconds
Top Gear, 50 to 70 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top speed (government limited): 156 mph
Braking, 0-70 mph: 160 feet
Braking, 100 to 0 mph: 318 feet
Road, 300 feet Skidpad: 1.02g

grandfather fuel economy
Observed: 21 mpg
Unscheduled Oil Additives: 0 quart

Guarantee
4 years / 50,000 miles bumper to bumper
4 Years / 50,000 Miles Powertrain
12 years/unlimited miles for corrosion protection
4 years / unlimited miles for roadside assistance
3 years/36000 miles scheduled maintenance

grandfather Explanation of the test


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