What is it like?

Used BMW M3 Coupe (01 - 07) review

(2001 - 2007)
BMW M3 Coupe (01 - 07)
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What's the used BMW M3 coupe like?

The BMW M3 is a focused driving machine with thrilling performance and fantastic handling. Yet you can use it every day, even if you have kids.

At its heart is a brilliant 3.2-litre straight-six engine, from which BMW has wrung 338bhp. The acceleration will amaze you, with no let-up all the way to the 155mph limiter, but at the same time the engine is flexible enough to just pootle around in traffic.

While the ride is firm around town, we reckon it's a small price to pay for the more forgiving ride and sublime handling you can enjoy on faster roads.

There's plenty of road and engine noise, but that's not necessarily a bad thing: the straight six engine sounds fantastic when it's worked hard.

Inside, the M3 is clearly a 3 Series, but the bespoke dials, steering wheel and sports seats give an inkling of the car's capabilities. And, as in the standard 3 Series Coupe, there's space for four adults, although rear headroom is restricted, and you get a decent-sized boot.