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M3 Competition

Make: BMW

Model: M3 Competition

Minimum Age: 27

Miles Per Day: 100 Miles

Fuel Type: Petrol

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It’s the new BMW M3 , as if you couldn’t tell. Still a twin-turbo straight six under the bonnet, still rear-wheel drive, still a simple four-door bodyshell – that much is carried over from its predecessor.   Then we get into what’s new: an eight-speed automatic controversially replaces the seven-speed twin clutch, currently a six-speed manual only comes with the non-Competition M3, which isn’t coming to the UK. In the previous M3's final year on sale, less than one per cent of buyers went manual. You’ve only got yourselves to blame. Instead the only choice is the high spec M3 Competition rental (which only partially accounts for the steep price increase to £74,755), but as of July 2021 you could order it with four-wheel drive.
 
The engine has come in for a massive amount of work. On paper it looks like the 2,993cc unit has been largely carried over, and yes, the S58 is a development of the old B58, but check this out: the crank is taken directly from the M4 GT3 race car, the turbos are new, larger monoscroll blowers and the cylinder head is 3D printed enabling it to cope with injection pressures of 350 bar. The result is an extra 60bhp and 74lb ft of torque, taking the standard M3 beyond 500bhp for the first time (a feat it shares with its most direct rival, the Alfa Romeo Giulia), while developing a colossal 479lb ft from 2,750-5,500rpm.  
The trouble is it’s got more weight to push around. On paper the 1,730kg newcomer weighs over 150kg more than its F80 predecessor, giving it only a slight power-to-weight advantage and a claimed 0-62mph time only 0.1secs faster. Higher spec is to blame apparently, the firm claiming like-for-like weight is only up about 60kg. The new M3 is certainly well equipped. In addition to the usual suite of driver safety aids, there’s also M Drive Professional which includes a lap timer, driving analysis coach, data recorder and – I kid you not – an M Drift Analyser to rate your skids. It’s a tough marker. A huge drift through Quarry corner at Castle Combe – 160 yards at 24 degrees of oversteer, according to the car – was rated four stars.  
    Not great when you consider the £74,755 BMW is now charging for the M3 (the M4 is £1,300 more expensive). For that you get more metal – it’s 120mm longer and 20mm wider than before with a lot more choice of colour and trim. None of which completely hides the grille. Which, if we’re being honest, is less of an issue in real life. Especially when you don’t have to look at it. But nor are we convinced the new car has the same stance and attitude as its predecessor. Let’s hope it makes up for that by being dazzling to drive
   

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