: What do you think of the new M3?

03-12-2007, 12:58 PM
Now that BMW has officially released the M3 concept car at Geneva, what do you think of it?

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See the whole story about the new M3 here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=193190

03-12-2007, 01:21 PM
The look is great for a performance car. Clean lines and sleek apperance looks fast.
What are the significant body style differences from the 06 335ci?

03-12-2007, 05:00 PM
There are a few misses with the new M3, but overall it has an aggressive look, and the goods under the hood to back it up!

And personally, I love the hood.

03-12-2007, 07:35 PM
I think it looks WICKED!!!!


03-13-2007, 06:59 AM
It doesn't stand out as much as I thought it would, but it still looks great.

03-13-2007, 01:32 PM
It looks good but its no e46 M3

03-14-2007, 08:57 AM
love the car, not a huge fan of the bump but it might grow on me. actually i'm sure it will especially if i get to drive it.

325ic a beer
03-15-2007, 08:56 AM
Looks like a damn G35..... sorry.

03-16-2007, 05:33 PM
Sorry Team BMW...this SCREAMS G35. I dig the "might as well be a" shaker hood. The side vents are 'soft'. The intake on the nose is soft. The side sills are soft. Its just a little too swoopy and Infinity. All the crazy shapes of an F1 car seem more agreswsive than this. This is a race car for the streets! A street fighter! A little 'rough around the edges' for a BMW! Its starting to look like a bad body kit.

I cant believe I have just said all those things about an M3. Someone shoot me. Or give me the keys. I'm sure it will grow on me.

03-16-2007, 06:37 PM
From the rear quarter picture it looks like an Accord. They could have done better.


03-17-2007, 01:10 PM
i agree that it's no e46. i love it, but the e46 reigns supreme.

03-20-2007, 01:10 PM
Looking Goood!!!

03-21-2007, 09:07 AM
Looks like a damn G35..... sorry.

It definitely has that feel.. :rolleyes:

But I'd still take one. :dunno: I think they look pretty cool.. I bet it will be quite powerful too. :thumbup:

03-21-2007, 01:17 PM
Where is the BMW LOOK? any one can you help me out? LOL... doesnt even look like a Bimmer!! Look nice though, in a kinda weird way...:eek:

03-23-2007, 03:27 PM
I like it:thumbup:

03-27-2007, 06:04 PM
i think its going to be a sick car...come on, bmw wouldn't screw up tradition of great sports cars

03-28-2007, 12:59 PM
The exterior is ok and i could live with it with some more aero enhancements, but the interior, an area where I have to see while driving is not so pleasing. Ill pass.

03-30-2007, 06:43 AM
no way the m6 will smoke every m3-m5

03-30-2007, 07:04 AM
It would depend on how it drives to me. I'm not too sure about the looks, have to see it in person.

03-31-2007, 05:09 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!! I can not even wait til this beast hits the streets it's going to be a killer.

04-01-2007, 09:40 PM
hey m3 is m3 if your a true enthusiast of the ///M cars you have to love it... period.

///M 3 for life

04-05-2007, 08:23 AM
Looks good to me

04-05-2007, 09:04 AM
I've never been a fan of the appearance of the E46 M3. The wheel arches are just too plain and round, they make the car look pudgy. This is an improvement, the new car has more edge.

The E36 M3, on the other hand, might be the best of the lot from an aesthetic standpoint. That was the last of the classically styled 3s.

04-06-2007, 08:33 AM
I guess this is how BMW shows Infinity how to make a real 'M' :)

04-09-2007, 10:18 AM
I don't like the CF roof, the CF interior (I'd prefer Brushed Aluminum). The Hood Bulge might grow on me, and the side mirrors probably won't look so bad in Black.

I am waiting for the Sedan, which hopefully will look a little more like the "regular" cars sorta like the M5 does versus the M6.

04-09-2007, 09:14 PM
Looks awesome... I'm in love!

04-10-2007, 07:16 PM
I don't just want one..I need one.

Quite a bit of content on the BMW Corporate web-site. I'll take mine in Jerez Black with the 19's!

04-14-2007, 08:01 AM
I expected more as an M3, more aggressive look in the front, rear, and side. Nothing with the look of the E46 M3 look looked aggressive with a wider body from the rear. It just look like a regular 06 style 3 series. The only difference is the engine, that is all. Just save your money and just buy a regular 3 series and do upgrade and save the money.

04-14-2007, 11:37 PM
I hope they fixd teh interior, the e90 interior is just too cheap looking, it the new m3 has a nice interior with a nicer dash then its a winner. Outside it looks great =]

04-15-2007, 01:54 PM
I'm not a fan of the design direction BMW has been going the past few years, but I can honestly say that this is a great looking car. It's agressive, but not to the point where it's too much. It's a fresh departure from past designs, but isn't so provocative where the design will grow sour in 5 years.

How the hell can people say it looks like a G35? The G is completely slab sided, and is a very basic and boring design.

04-17-2007, 03:49 PM
It looks amazing, can't wait to get my test drive!!!

04-17-2007, 04:59 PM
Does nobody here care about the fact that the M3 is no longer an M3, but rather a two door M5? 1655 kg! That's more than 3600 lbs - within spitting distance of the E34 M5!

And what makes the M5 special is the fact that it's an understated (well, E60 aside) and comfortable saloon car. It makes no pretenses about being a "sports car."

This, well - with the flashy carbon fiber and the gills and the sleek exterior, it's like looking at a 45 year old man who dresses himself out of a Hollister catalog. Watch the videos; no amount of suspension tuning and cosmetic dressing can hide the sheer bulk of this thing.

04-18-2007, 08:30 PM
Not bad...not what I expected but, in a way, better. I'm impressed and, once I hit the lottery or teh Jev wills me some cash, I'd totally like to possibly, maybe, consider owning one.:bigpimp:

04-19-2007, 03:44 AM
I'd take one,just need to earn 6 figures to have it,lol

04-19-2007, 04:22 PM
But I still need to see the car in person first. I think/hope it will look much better in person.

04-20-2007, 01:45 PM
The CF roof breaks up the flow of the design a bit - I kind of like glossy body color sheet metal - but understand the weight-saving performance issue.

The lines of the 335i are very clean and I find the added "M" elements a little distracting.

Would I like to have the new "M"...? You bet!

Considering the performance of a standard 335i Coupe, the M should be spectacular.

04-20-2007, 05:15 PM
If it does, I'm interested.

04-24-2007, 04:20 PM
I do !!!
I do not see anything that I do not like. Chris Bangal took vacation?

04-24-2007, 06:03 PM
G35? no. Grand Prix, yes. I was really excited about this car until it dawned on me that it looked very familiar.


04-25-2007, 02:29 PM
I hate the back end.

05-02-2007, 09:25 PM
I looooove it

05-04-2007, 09:11 AM
OK let me start off by saying SICK!!!! This car is amazing. It bost power and looks (then again what BMW doesn't) but personally right now, with all the new one's coming out it could go either way. The competition between bimmers right now is pretty tough. I mean we got the 335 and not to mention the new twin turbo 5 (I get excited just typing it . . . .///Mmmmmmm :yummy: ) Either way, hand me the keys to any of them I'M GONE!!!

MizzBMW2u :fingers:

05-06-2007, 07:16 PM
This car is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Everyone should have one, especially me! The only way it could get any better is if they made it in the Laguna Seca blue color. :D

05-08-2007, 12:05 PM
I don't like the bulge in the hood. I thin bulge should have been fazed out with 80's rockers! :behead: I also think that it is starting to look like a bad body kit. Don't get me wrong, I like a fast car, but I like one that can say it with subtlety and not need to show off about it to get attention :bling:

05-10-2007, 08:44 PM
i like very very much.... M3, its my dream ride !!!!!!
bimmer for life !!!!!

05-13-2007, 06:51 AM
thats why you have a saab.. if anything this car should have more cf!!! The problem with M cars is they are always scruitinized because they are soo ahead of there time that your frontal cortex cant even process it yet!!! believe it!! in 2 or 3 years it will even make any brand new competittor look dated!!:thumbup:

Aristo E39
05-13-2007, 04:13 PM
I don't how people can recognize this with Accord? G35? or anything else but pay attention to detail please. This new m3 is truly unique in its own way and I think the people who are 50/50 on this new look might have to 1)get use to it just as the people who got use to the E90 when it first came out 2)see it up close and personal....I can't wait for the people at Hamann/ACS/Vorsteiner/Reiger etc.. to start tuning and modding the new M3 to see what they come up with...

defiantly they should get a widebody for this car cause I feel like its too narrow compared to the E46 M3...anyone know the exact dimension width and length???

05-14-2007, 11:20 AM
My problem with the new 3-series designs is not as much with the exterior as the interior. When I look at the interior of these new ones, I feel as though I'm looking at a Japanese car. I prefer the raw BMWishness of the previous models.

I like the new engines. The bodies are just okay to me for the same reason as the interior. There is a slight Japanese feel to the tail lamp design. The Japanese have been chasing the BMW 3 series for a while now and suddenly, BMW comes out with a design that aligns more with Japanese sport-luxury design. Not good.

05-15-2007, 05:23 PM
BMW started massing up when they came out with the e46 now this it doesn’t look like a Bayerische Motoren Werk!!! E30 and E36 are the best M3 ever made!!!

05-24-2007, 12:01 PM
BMW can make the new M3 more aggressive with better body kit. The exterior still need better aggressive look. Wait to see the new sedan version, may be looks better than the coupe.

05-24-2007, 12:25 PM
Remember how the e30 looked back then? It's sleeper feel got the best of the rest of the tuning world. This m3 also has that effect for me. It may not be "muscular" like an e46. But a blown e46 goes head to head with a vishnu tuned chip on a 335i coupe. So there's no point of that "muscle" anymore. This m3's engine is a v8 pushing 420 HORSES!!! and can go 0-60 in 4.2 secs. That's a no brainer. Will I get an m3? uhhhh....DUH! You also know aftermarket peeps will take care of the aesthetics of the car for those so into making a car "look fast."

05-24-2007, 12:40 PM

05-24-2007, 12:57 PM
like this..

05-24-2007, 01:07 PM
with 19"rim like this pictures

06-12-2007, 04:47 PM
those wheels are awesome....after clicking on one of the links to see a bigger picture, the wheels look amazing....these don't already exist do they?

06-18-2007, 03:26 PM
Sorry Team BMW...this SCREAMS G35. I dig the "might as well be a" shaker hood. The side vents are 'soft'. The intake on the nose is soft. The side sills are soft. Its just a little too swoopy and Infinity. All the crazy shapes of an F1 car seem more agreswsive than this. This is a race car for the streets! A street fighter! A little 'rough around the edges' for a BMW! Its starting to look like a bad body kit.

I cant believe I have just said all those things about an M3. Someone shoot me. Or give me the keys. I'm sure it will grow on me.

i might be blind but dude im having a hard time seeing this anywhere near a G

Dave 330i
06-18-2007, 05:14 PM
BMW Official Website on M3
base price: 56,008 euros. Available June 2007

06-20-2007, 05:28 PM
From the A post back to the rear of the car on a side view it just looks like a Hyundai coupe. The E46 is a much better looking and this new 3er just dont look like a BMW should. It looks like a Jap coupe, I wont be getting one....not even with V8 power.

06-25-2007, 02:26 PM
Hate teh rear arch and the wheels look tiny.

06-30-2007, 09:21 AM
As we were gassing up our 335i coupe in Germany on a recent trip following European Delivery this June, we saw a similar looking car at the pump ahead of us but noticed that the BMW badge was covered with tape and other badging was missing or obliterated. Right after we noticed it, the car pulled out with several guys in it -- apparently part of a road test group. At that point we saw the side body detail, etc and realized it was an M3 "undercover."

It was a "dang, should have taken a closer look" moment.

08-13-2007, 03:27 PM
To me, it's a different car from each angle...I like each one, and this is coming from someone who really doesn't like the way BMW has styled their vehicles in the past couple of years. :rolleyes:

Mr. Pickles
08-16-2007, 12:00 AM
i might be blind but dude im having a hard time seeing this anywhere near a G

LOL, the confusion comes from the fact that the G35 in its latest incarnation is almost a match of the 3-series at a smaller price. German cars are looking as much like Japanese cars as Infiniti/Lexus/Acura have attempted to look German/Euro, with the Korean cars coming on strong too.

Why does everybody have to get an attitude about these cars, anyways? Immitation is admiration and aspiration. From that, it pushes the M badges (as well as others) to set the bar even higher. Sheesh, at the price things are going anyways, I'm thinking more I35 or G37 for pure fun, especially for the price. ;)

08-26-2007, 02:57 AM
I'm drooling... I want one!!!!

09-11-2007, 02:58 PM
those wheels are awesome....after clicking on one of the links to see a bigger picture, the wheels look amazing....these don't already exist do they?

It`s optional... but they certainly look great!

Isn't that picture with the black one th new CSL?


11-06-2007, 09:40 AM
Definitely going back to a 2-Door after school. CPO 6-Series, M3, or the 335ci. Depends on the job, bu with the performance of a V-8 I am looking at the M3.

11-19-2007, 01:07 PM
It looks good but its no e46 M3

So true!!:jawdrop:

12-11-2007, 02:23 PM
Doesn't look as good as this to my eye:


But then again, it doesn't cost 90k...

12-11-2007, 09:27 PM

12-14-2007, 06:49 AM
Doesn't look as good as this to my eye:


But then again, it doesn't cost 90k...

I'll pass on that. Looks like a souped-up Dodge Avenger.

12-14-2007, 06:51 AM
It's funny to see everyone comparing the new M3 to the Infiniti M-Series. Ummmm......cart before the horse fellas. Who do you think Infiniti drew the most inspiration from for the M-Series to begin with?

Just like Honda and Lexus and Pontiac, and even the Jeep Compass' rear for crying out loud, and whomever else taking from Bangle and other BMW styling concepts.

BMW = First, Last, and Always

12-18-2007, 06:21 AM
Could it look more Japanese? BMW needs to get back to the look that distinguished them from the rest of the world.

01-08-2008, 01:25 PM
BMW may never make the kind of cars I want to own ever again. Yes they MAY make cars that go on to be popular and good sellers, incredible performers, etc.... But will they appeal to ME? Doubtful....

Looks like I'll probably stop somewhere around the E46. My wife loves me almost as much as her E39.

n8s 330xi
01-17-2008, 02:10 PM
Unfortunately, it followed the same trends as all of the new BMWs. They all look like a Hyundai. What happened to the days when you could recognize a BMW at a glance? Now they all look the same as any other low-grade car out there.

It's a real shame...

n8s 330xi
01-17-2008, 02:11 PM
I'll pass on that. Looks like a souped-up Dodge Avenger.

Completely agreed.

02-06-2008, 01:04 AM

imho - weird styling. Gotta get used to it - will take a day or so...

Maybe i'm too used to see a 'bumper' on the front of a car.

The front 'looks' weak at 1st - pure plastic, although aerodynamically better..!

Rear looks like most cars these days - hard to see what it is.

Side view is the best so far.

Using a different (brighter) color might change everything..!

Still can't figure why people like the graphite color. It hides the car's styling.

My E36 ///M still looks better overall..! Good luck trying to top that..!


03-01-2008, 02:49 PM
:)hola everyone.
hmm the bulge area you see on top,the hood surely NOT feelin,lo siento...sorry not at all.
so,honest opinion?

hmm. not sure i still am loving mi beamer best LOL

both mi BMW M3 SERIES and my 323 ci.

this bumper area not liking but i do love the sleek look still but too much like a honda to me too around the bump area.....LOL

sleek look though.but i shall stick to what i have! LOL


03-04-2008, 10:26 PM
It looks good. I like the new V8, but the performance numbers are still lacking....it weighs too much. Its barely faster than the old M3 in the 1/4 mile and 0-60. In the US these are the numbers that mean the most. You cant cruise at one hundred fifty mph here for very long. They need to do more to lighten the load.

I love the M3 and have owned 2 of them now, but the performance characteristics of the competing cheaper cars are pretty impressive--the M3 should be a performance trailblazer--not a follower. The only way to make this car shine is to wait for the DINAN S3 package to arrive 3 years from now.

03-13-2008, 03:14 PM
finally seen it in real life. absolutely stunning. ill take mine in white.

03-13-2008, 08:49 PM
I would not be able to justify the gas mileage.

03-16-2008, 07:36 AM
The new M3: Body style could have been better designed!
After looking at the pictures, extensively. The over all shape of the car looks okay, yet, I believe they could have added more curves around the tires and minor curves around the body to make it look more exotic and fast looking. The designers idea of putting a hood scoop or bump is a good idea, unfortunately, the one they chose does not look good at all. The could have put in a lower and sleek looking hood scoop that looks more sleeker and aggresive, considering the enourmous horse power under the hood. This car general look to similiar to a 3 series (I own a 2007 328 xi).

03-17-2008, 03:41 PM
finally seen it in real life. absolutely stunning. ill take mine in white.

It's strange but I have to agree.

Wasn't feeling the pics too much but when I saw it up close it was a different story.

Looking to test drive one ASAP.

Up close and personal it's a far better looking car IMHO.

03-22-2008, 09:29 PM
Checked it out few days ago at the dealer. At best; "So, So"! BMW had such a beautiful design with the E46 and they go and clone some mix of Asian imports. Very disappointing to see the world's "Class Act" degrade their product line to just another "Look-Alike". BMW, I thought you had more class than this.

04-02-2008, 09:12 PM
I can't believe people vote on the last two, the M3 is faster around a track than the:

- Audi RS4
- Mercedes C63 AMG
- Lexus IS-F

Is there more to say? A more powerful inline-6 wouldn't have been a great Idea. The V8 is just right, because its there with its competition. The M3's V8 is the most technological from in its competition. It has less torque but still ends up beating its competition around the track. I find it funny because its competition is a joke. IS-F was the stupidest idea from Toyota's part ever. Its as selfish and stupid as Cadillac's V-Series because the older M5 was the best & fastest sedan in its time, GM was jealous and made a piece of junk CTS-V.
Either way, the M3's V8 motor has I think everyone already knows that the this new V8 is lighter than the Inline-6. This M3 is just amazing, its just as I expected! Best in class, fast, handles great. A+++ CAR

05-16-2008, 12:14 PM
i just really don't like the fact that it has less torque than the 335i

06-27-2008, 10:09 AM
The interior is very small and cramped -- and e60ish plain and cheap feeling. Nicer leather for sure, but a plain dash and loads of "platstic." Just not classy BMW style.

It feels very small inside, like recent Accords which clearly targeted female buyers. Young guys and hot chicks will probably dig it, if they can afford it. Middle-aged guys with bigger guts and bigger wallets might find it a poor fit. It feels like a car designed for someone 5'5" or less.

More than anything, I was disappointed. I had dreamed of this car for some time and anxiously awaited its release. What a disappointment.

The exterior is nothing spectacular and it does look a lot like an Infinity or Pontiac. In fact, having seen some of the new Pontiacs on the street, I like their look and sound much better. Obviously they're not the same caliber of car, but for less than half the $, not looking too bad.

For me, the clincher was the cramped interior and "smallish" size for a car with so much weight. It seems much smaller and cramped than prior M3s -- despite the added bulk moving it into the heavyweight catagory. And its horsepower is not overwhelming for a sled that heavy. The new M3 acceration stats prove it. Solid mid-level performance stats for sure, but nothing spectacular. There are a lot of cheaper cars that are as fast or faster. And most of the expensive production performance cars (i.e.: Porche, Corvette, Viper, AMG etc) will still be smiling at you in their rear view mirrors. Plus, the new M3 loves the taste of $5 gas.

Time will tell, but I put my M3 dreams back on hold, perhaps forever. At my age, I'm definately not BMWs target market for the M3. But as the power and price goes up, that demo has either got to change, or BMW's market will shrink. How many 20-30 somethings have 70 K to drop, when there are much cheaper, yet fast alternatives?

I see a lot of young guys in the Pontiacs these days, and think very few midlifers are rushing in to buy the new M3.

BMW targeting has either intentionally shifted to rich new markets on distant shores, or someone more than just Bangle is missing the boat.

08-01-2008, 03:46 PM
i need this car

08-02-2008, 11:03 PM

08-20-2008, 02:32 PM
HEY! ya'll are forgetting one important thing......V8?!?!?!?! Noooooooo..... I'll take the 335i any day

08-20-2008, 11:32 PM
just wait for the CSL model then we will see the full potential of this mighty V8

04-30-2009, 10:48 AM
I have seen some tuned and customized units that are flat out art. Although I have heard they plan to drop the V8 in future models. So I would want to confirm the future direction of the M3 before the investment

08-27-2009, 11:10 PM
M should mean M...inside and out. The 3 is too small to be an M, it seems....it lacks so much of what the M5 or M6 have.

08-28-2009, 08:24 AM
M should mean M...inside and out. The 3 is too small to be an M, it seems....it lacks so much of what the M5 or M6 have.

Honestly? :rofl:




12-28-2012, 07:51 AM
Sorry lads I'm 7 series kid. M's, yes quick but just not my personal transport. Some joker has always got M badge on his 318. Bit hard to pull off a 735 badge on a 328 with any cred.