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Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 BMW M3

Author: Sterling Feathers

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Sterling was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has had a massive passion for cars since he could talk. He studied Business Administration at Ferris State University hoping to run his own car dealership one day. As time went on, Sterling began writing car reviews on his own website until he found his home with us as our first Copywriter! He loves everything about the car culture and was Vice President of the motorsports club during his time at Ferris. Sterling enjoys going to every car show and meet possible, attending autocross events, and going for long road cruises with other members in the car scene. He currently drives a 2016 Volkswagen GTI with a stage 2 tune, downpipe, BC Racing coilovers, and a set of Artisa ArtFormed Elders.

October 5, 2020

BMW has always been at the hearts of car enthusiasts. Particularly their M cars. The BMW M3 was first introduced in 1986 as the E30 M3 that was powered by a 2.0L 4 Cylinder engine that produced 192 horsepower and had a top speed of just under 150 mph. Not too bad for a car built in that era. It was from that moment that the M3 became a staple in the automotive culture. Fast forward 35 years in the future, and we have this:

2021 BMW M3

The 2021 BMW M3 is a whole new animal and today, we're going to dive into the youngest M car on the block!

*All 2021 M3 Photos Courtesy of BMW

1. Styling

2021 BMW M3

Starting with the looks of the 2021 M3, we'll address the elephant in the room right off the bat. The grille. Okay, look, this is a very heated debate among every car enthusiast that has seen photos of this car before. It's controversial whether the two massive kidney grilles are too big or not. Yes, we know that this is part of what makes a BMW truly a BMW, but a lot of people think that the company has been going a little crazy with the size of their grilles lately. Does it look good? We'll let you decide.

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Moving to the rest of the front end, you can see some very sharp lines on the bumper cover, with the angles somewhat resembling the style of the M2, we're definitely not complaining. The headlights also became way more streamlined and sleek than previous generations.  We can also see the way the hood has scallops on top of the kidney grilles to give more focus towards that part of the car. 


Let's take a step back for a moment and take in this color. First of all, green is a bold choice for a company to unveil a car with. We don't know what this particular green is called, what it costs, or if this is even going to be a production color. But what we do know is it looks absolutely bangin' on the new M3. This car has so many sharp edges and a ton of black accents that makes the color pop even more. We really hope that this green, whatever it's called, makes it into production even though we're sure it'll cost a pretty penny.

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Now that we've stopped being mesmerized by the stunning paint, we can carry on to the side of the car where we see these incredibly aggressive wheels. It's important to keep in mind that this particular M3 is the Competition model so these wheels most likely will not be on the base M3. We can also see some carbon fiber side skirts that help add to the aggressive nature that this car takes on.

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2021 BMW M3

At the back, we see the same tail lights that come on the current 3 Series that we've grown to love. At first, these lights didn't scream BMW to us, more Lexus than anything. However, the more we look at the back of this car, the more we realize that BMW made the perfect choice for their taillight design. On this model, we also see a small carbon fiber lip spoiler, among other carbon fiber pieces like the massive rear diffuser that houses the large quad tipped exhaust. The whole back of this car looks so good which is fitting since this is the fastest M3 to date and most of the people seeing this car will be looking at the rear anyways. Yeah, we said it.

2021 BMW M3 Rear

2. Performance

So what about all that performance that we just talked about? Well, the new M3 is powered by none other than a 3.0L Twin Turbo Inline 6 Cylinder engine giving the base M3 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. If that's not enough, you can get the Competition model with...are you ready? 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque! This insane amount of power should propel the M3 to 60 mph in around 3 seconds which is absolutely insane for an all-wheel-drive sedan!

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Wait, did we just all-wheel drive? Hell yeah, we did. The 2021 M3 will have BMW's new XDrive AWD system. Before you start screaming that RWD is the only option for an M car, hear us out. The new XDrive system is rear-biased in its normal driving modes, however, it now features a rear-drive only mode that allows you to turn the M3 into the tire-shredding monster we all know and love. You also get adaptive dampers and adjustable brake pedal feel even on the base M3!  BMW knocked it out of the park with this setup and have taken performance to a whole new level.

2021 BMW M3 Drifting

As far as the transmission options, the base M3 can be outfitted with either an 8 speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, while the M3 Competition gives up the manual transmission for more power, only allowing you an 8 speed automatic. Some say that the Competition with the automatic may be able to break into the high 2 second 0-60 time. 

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2021 BMW M3 Competition Drifting


  • Engine: 3.0L Twin Turbo Inline 6
  • Horsepower: 473-503
  • Torque: 406-479 lb-ft.
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual or 8 Speed Automatic
  • Drive: All Wheel Drive
  • Price: Starting at $71,895


3. Interior

2021 BMW M3 Competition Interior

Finally, we have the interior of the M3. Now, the last generation of the M3 was no dog in this department. It had an awesome interior. However, the new M3 takes it a step further with leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum absolutely everywhere. You'll also see the fully digital gauge cluster that houses a plethora of different screens. The steering wheel looks very similar to the new M5 and features a wide variety of steering wheel buttons that can completely change the way the car drives.

2021 M3 Steering Wheel

We have to address the color of this interior because it's wild. The bright orange is spread from the seats to the center console and door cards that really liven up the interior and add that sense of exclusivity to your ride. The seats have black perforated inserts with orange backing as well that almost make it look like the center of the seat is moving.


2021 BMW M3 Seats

As controversial as it might be, the 2021 BMW M3 seems to be a huge advancement in performance and technology for BMW. Yes, $72,000 is a lot of money, but you're getting an all-wheel-drive system that can switch to completely rear-wheel drive, the option of over 500 horsepower, and an interior that is damn near hard to beat at this price point. We're excited to be able to see the M3 in person at some point because we think it might look even better in person. Until then, we'll just continue to stare at that gorgeous color.

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