Every generation or so, automakers will force a drastic change to their flagship model, sending die-hard fans into a frenzy. In 2014, that brand BMW. Similar to what happened when Porsche dropped its air-cooled engines in favor of a water-cooling system, or when Ferrari released its first car without a V12 engine, enthusiasts everywhere will remember the first time they heard BMW M cars no longer aspirated naturally.
forced induction motor M? The thought that sent BMW fanatics into a frenzy ended up breathing new life into the M Series. With emissions standards getting tougher by the day, engineers had to get back to the drawing board in terms of creating high-performance cars.
Besides normalizing turbocharged cars, the F80 has proven to be the auto industry’s latest example of its ability to evolve with the needs of society. It also proved that M cars can be just as much, if not more, fun than their naturally-breathed siblings. Who doesn’t love the sounds of turbo and washi?
A change in M’s DNA could lead to the F80’s vision of a futuristic classic, just ask Ferrari how it went with their V8 engine. Which means that pricing can now be considered the bottom floor, join us as we discuss the factors affecting the 2015 version of the F80 M3. This is the current market value of the 2015 BMW M3.
The fifth generation of the standard
It seems that every new generation of the M Series, BMW enthusiasts claim how to remember its predecessor as the greatest M car of all time. The F80 was no different, just ask its successor, the G80.
But the fifth generation of the M sedans was a radical new change for BMW. On the one hand, it retained its iconic straight-six engine, but on the other hand, the new school’s twin-turbo system delivered the massive power.
From the moment it was released, fanatics have claimed that it doesn’t look good, it’s very It’s hard to ride (we’re talking about a sports car, of course the ride is hard). That the power delivery was not quite right. looks familiar? Of course, it is, it’s the same exact arguments every time BMW launches an M car. It happened with the E36, E46 and E9X. where are they now? Well, they’ve been cemented as one of the greatest BMWs ever, naturally.
We think the F80 will prove itself, judging by the harsh criticism the G80 is getting right now.
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If previous M Series generations have proven anything, it’s that BMW engineers are miles ahead of the curve as it relates to popular trends in the auto industry. From its introduction of the in-line six-cylinder engine in the E36, to the first M3 V8 in the E9X, BMW has always pushed itself into the engine engineering envelope.
Facing the ever-evolving limitations imposed by WLTP (Globally Harmonized Light Vehicle Testing), BMW had to reconsider implementing its gas-guzzling V8 engine, in order to stay in touch with the rest of its high-performance luxury sedans.
Enter the S55 twin-turbo engine. Derived from the N55 powering the Series 3, the S55 received a closed-top engine block, a lightweight crankshaft, all-new crankshaft bearings, reinforced pistons and rods, dual turbines, dual fuel pumps, an active exhaust and a revised cooling system.
The result was amazing. With an 11 horsepower increase over the S65, the S55 is now capable of 425 horsepower, while a 30% increase in torque left the M3 with 406 lb.-ft. of torque breaking the neck. But it didn’t stop there, and with two cylinders less than the S65, and two other turbochargers, the M3 saw a staggering 25% increase in fuel efficiency, while meeting required emissions levels.
According to BMW, their goal was to “combine the advantages of a high-performance naturally aspirated engine with the strengths of modern turbo technology.” If a lightning-fast 0-60 mph time of just 4.1 seconds is any indication, it’s clear that BMW not only achieved what it set out to do, but changed the world of engineering as it relates to performance engines in the process.
BMW M3 2015 Prices and Availability
death, taxes and depreciation of European sports cars; Three life certainties. Even in the midst of the biggest car bubble in history, the 2015 M3 is pretty much available under the original MSRP of $62,000.
However, market prices do not tell the full story. With NADA valuing the low mileage examples at around $43,000, the picture becomes clearer: values are rising. The most expensive 2015 M3 is currently being advertised by AutoTrader for $59,995 with nearly 40,000 miles on the odometer. But after further research, it is quite clear that the seller in question is trying to take advantage of market conditions.
A few scrolling through AutoTrader brings not only similar mileage examples, but more desirable colors for nearly $10,000 less. As it stands today, the early F80 M3 can be considered one of the best values on the market. Nearly 430 horsepower, three-pedal capability, and iconic M performance for less than $45,000, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better performing saloon on the used market.
When it comes to BMW-M cars, the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, if the multiple examples of the 2008 E9X M3 prove anything (the E9X’s first year), it’s that the M3 will always end up on our list of must-have classics.
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