2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package - BMW baked this automobile variation of a German chocolate cake to commemorate the M3's 30th birthday: an M Competition package consisting of a 444-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six (a 19-hp upgrade over the basic M3), 20-inch wheels and tires, a retuned Adaptive M suspension, modified exhaust pipes, and a couple of unique exterior-design touches. This special is readily available on both the m4 and the m3 coupe for $4750; since the seats are not consisted of in the M4 convertible, the expense of the Competition package drops to $4250.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package


The M3 was born in 1986 as a limited-production racer and the perfect gambit for BMW's Motorsport department (later reduced to the M department) to advance its tuning proficiency in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series. Significant power upgrades, managing and braking gains, and lighter body parts occurred through 5 style generations. Beginning with 16-valve four-cylinder engines and the M engineers stepped up to 24-valve inline-sixes in 1992. A hellbent 32-valve V-8 got here in 2007, followed by a twin-turbo 6 for the existing (5th) generation in 2014.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

The loss of natural goal and 2 cylinders, not to discuss the relocate to electrically assisted power steering, are significant obstacles for the existing 3- and 4-series in basic and the M3/M4 in specific. Consider this brand-new compensation( ensation) package the M department apologizing.

Maintaining in the 4.0-Second Club


BMW had little option. With Cadillac's 2 V-cars, subdued Chevrolet Camaros, the Shelby Mustang GT350R, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S all breaking the 4.0-seconds-to-60-mph barrier for less than $100,000, the young boys from Bavaria needed to set up or go house. Offer BMW additional credit for attacking V-8 opponents with its very powerful twin-turbo straight-six.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

The adaptive M suspension and a wealth of steering, throttle-response, damping, and transmission-calibration settings offer this set versatility unrivaled by any rival. The M3 and M4 are BMW's double-whammy presents to owners happy to compromise some flexibility throughout routine owning for razor-edged reflexes on the periodic track day. Our experience with these M&M s throughout regular travelling, on sees to the test track, while hammering our preferred back roadways, and while lapping Chrysler's 10-turn and 1.7-mile closed circuit in the M3 persuaded us BMW has actually certainly not lost the fragrance.

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The sedan's $64,495 base rate is $2200 more affordable, and you get 2 more doors and a 3rd seat belt in back, which the M4 does not have. Congratulations go to the M3 for topping the M4's worth.  This might be all the ammunition required to encourage a doubtful partner that the M3 is, in reality, a dual-purpose "household sedan." A 4-door tends to draw less attention in traffic than a slinky and fast-moving coupe.

Athletic at the Track


Reporting an absence of launch adhesion, our test chauffeur clocked the sprint in 4.0 seconds flat en route to a remarkable 12.2-second, 120-mph quarter-mile. While that's a little bit slower than a Mercedes-AMG C63 S (3.9-s) and Cadillac CTS-V (3.6 seconds) it's similar to a Corvette Grand Sport and a Shelby GT350R, and a few of the present Camaro SS vehicles we have actually evaluated. The M3's most excellent accomplishments were hustling to 160 miles per hour in 26.1 seconds and beating the previously mentioned Vette to 150 miles per hour by 2 seconds.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

While it's clear we choose three-pedal cars and trucks, this M3 utilizes its dual-clutch automated to outstanding benefit. The 7500-rpm upshifts are crisp and completely timed to keep increase on the boil and the superlative 6 in the meat of its powerband. With a considerable share of its exhaust energy recycled to the consumption system and just 3 liters of piston displacement at work, this engine speeds up the M3 with less turmoil than is common for the V-8 crowd. For magnificent motor music, a BMW inline-six is difficult to leading.
Other track statistics are simply as remarkable as the M3's capability to streak in a straight line. Stopping from 70 miles per hour in 146 feet without any tip of fade and circling around the skidpad at 0.98 g with all 4 tires carrying their reasonable share of the cornering effort are efficiency figures to covet.

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2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package


BMW baked this automobile variation of a German chocolate cake to commemorate the M3's 30th birthday: an M Competition package consisting of a 444-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six (a 19-hp upgrade over the basic M3), 20-inch wheels and tires, a retuned Adaptive M suspension, modified exhaust pipes, and a couple of unique exterior-design touches. This special is readily available on both the m4 and the m3 coupe for $4750; due to the fact that the seats are not consisted of in the M4 convertible, the expense of the Competition package drops to $4250.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

The M3 was born in 1986 as a limited-production racer, the perfect gambit for BMW's Motorsport department (later reduced to the M department) to advance its tuning know-how in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series. Significant power upgrades, dealing with and braking gains, and lighter body parts taken place through 5 style generations. Start with 16-valve 4-cylinder engines, the M engineers stepped up to 24-valve inline-sixes in 1992. A hellbent 32-valve V-8 showed up in 2007, followed by a twin-turbo 6 for the present (5th) generation in 2014.

Related: 2020 BMW M3 Hybrid

Many reporters have actually declared the V-8 -- powered E92 M3 coupe, which was offered from 2008 through 2013, the very best automobile on the planet. The loss of natural goal and 2 cylinders, not to discuss the relocate to electrically assisted power steering, are significant problems for the existing 3- and 4-series in basic and the M3/M4 in specific. 

Maintaining in the 4.0-Second Club


BMW had little option. With Cadillac's 2 V-cars, subdued Chevrolet Camaros, the Shelby Mustang GT350R, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S all splitting the 4.0-seconds-to-60-mph barrier for less than $100,000, the kids from Bavaria needed to set up or go house. Offer BMW additional credit for attacking V-8 opponents with its very powerful twin-turbo straight-six.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

The M3 and M4 are BMW's double-whammy presents to owners happy to compromise some flexibility throughout routine owning for razor-edged reflexes on the periodic track day. The adaptive M suspension and a wealth of steering, throttle-response,  damping and transmission-calibration settings provide this set versatility unequaled by any rival. Our experience with these M&M s throughout regular travelling, on check outs to the test track, while hammering our preferred back roadways, and while lapping Chrysler's 10-turn, 1.7-mile closed circuit in the M3 persuaded us BMW has actually certainly not lost the fragrance.

Congratulations go to the M3 for topping the M4's worth. The sedan's $64,495 base rate is $2200 more affordable, and you get 2 more doors and a 3rd seat belt in back, which the M4 does not have. 


Athletic at the Track


Although the comp-pack M4 we checked broke the 4.0-second 0-to-60-mph barrier with relative ease (in 3.8 seconds), the M3 evaluated here did not. Reporting an absence of launch adhesion, our test chauffeur clocked the sprint in 4.0 seconds flat en route to a remarkable 12.2-second, 120-mph quarter-mile. The M3's most outstanding tasks were hustling to 160 miles per hour in 26.1 seconds and beating the abovementioned Vette to 150 miles per hour by 2 seconds.
While it's clear we choose three-pedal vehicles, this M3 utilizes its dual-clutch automated to outstanding benefit. The 7500-rpm upshifts are crisp, completely timed to keep increase on the boil and the superlative 6 in the meat of its powerband. With a considerable share of its exhaust energy recycled to the consumption system and just 3 liters of piston displacement at work, this engine speeds up the M3 with less turmoil than is common for the V-8 crowd. For magnificent motor music, a BMW inline-six is difficult to leading.

Other track statistics are simply as excellent as the M3's capability to streak in a straight line. Stopping from 70 miles per hour in 146 feet without any tip of fade and circling around the skidpad at 0.98 g with all 4 tires carrying their reasonable share of the cornering effort are efficiency figures to covet.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

These outcomes come in handy for taking the M3's pulse versus the world's finest sports sedans, however they do not dig deeply sufficient to touch this cars and truck's soul. That needs roadway miles and track laps, jobs we completely took pleasure in. The velocity rise seems like an atomic particle flung by the Big Hadron Collider. Whether it's a smooth escape from a thumbs-up or a passing blitz, the M3 carries out wonderful vanishing acts. At 100 miles per hour in seventh equipment, the sweet 6 hums a 2900-rpm roar a notch lower in strength than the wind ruffling past the A-pillars.

Versatile to Daily Tasks


Five switches and the dual-clutch automated's shift lever let you play the M3 like a child grand. In addition to a full-auto mode, the stick and paddles behind the wheel deal ratios best for every single event, holding each equipment in manual mode even when the engine lacks revs at 7500 rpm. One peculiarity is the absence of a park position; when you turn off the engine with the lever left in equipment, the driveline immediately locks with a P showed in the instrument cluster.


A drive-mode switch listed below the shifter uses effective, unwinded, and stylish modes when the shift lever remains in D and comfy, quickly, or truly quick moving when the S (consecutive) position is picked. Control freaks will likewise enjoy the Effective, Convenience, Sport, and Sport+ programs for  the dampers, the power steering, and the engine characteristics supplied by push buttons to the left of the shifter.

Biking through every option takes persistence, however that's the only method to plumb the depths of the M3's character. Doing so, we found that care should be utilized in very first equipment with the engine characteristics button embeded in Sport+ to prevent neck-kinking unease. We were shocked to discover that with the dampers maxed out in Sport+, the trip quality never ever gets in the penalty zone, although the tires clomp greatly over even slightly damaged pavement.


Peter Schmid, BMW M's head of owning characteristics, acknowledged that additional effort was purchased tuning the M3's ZF Sachs constant damping control system for maximum efficiency on a variety of roadway surface areas. While stiffer springs and anti-roll bars are crucial elements in the M3 Competition package's makeup, the suspension's trump cards are remarkably tuned computer-controlled dampers. The beginning calibration is soft to prevent cruelty over bumps and growth joints. A sensing unit selection keeps an electronic controller well notified to increase damping forces in split seconds inning accordance with the roadway conditions. Substantial structural supports at the front and back of the M3 enable high damping forces to be moved to the body without the shake, rattle, and roll that eliminates convenience in less astute sports sedans.

2016 BMW M3 DCT Competition Package

One tap disables traction control, convenient for drawing out the M3 from a snowbank. Holding the button and pushing for a couple of seconds engages the M Dynamic mode, where almost all stability-control help is suspended. This gets rid of understeer at the limitation of adhesion. M Dynamic mode need to be limited to the racetrack, where neutral handling permits you to move around sweepers with the tail hung broad in best synchronicity with the guiding angle you have actually called into the front wheels. Let your owning capability and insurance protection be your guide.

Eventually, the Competition package's prime tourist attraction is its split character. Without compromising daily-driving usefulness, it permits this sedan to shine as a weekend track star. Like the M2 and M4 that bracket it, the M3 never ever turns a cold shoulder to BMW's much better days.