The driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Sedan.[1]


The driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Sedan.[1]

IGNITE A POWERHOUSE AND NOT JUST AN ENGINE.The driving dynamics of the BMW M3 Sedan.[1]

Your eye on the apex of the turn and the vehicle perfectly under control. The BMW M3 Sedan is built to challenge the limits of pure dynamics. In tandem with the 7-speed M double-clutch transmission, the 317 kW M TwinPower Turbo straight 6-cylinder petrol engine guarantee a powerful, precise drive. The new Active M Differential provides optimal grip at all times and the M Servotronic ensures finely-adjusted steering.

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The Active M Differential optimises traction and driving stability when changing lanes or accelerating out of curves, when taking curves at high speed or on roads with uneven surface texture. Traction is optimised via an electronically controlled device that reduces the difference in revolution speed between the rear wheels.


Launch Control lets an engine that has reached operating temperature achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start. Just deactivate Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), choose the sequential mode with driving program 3, firmly hold down the brake and press the accelerator pedal to kickdown. After the starting-flag symbol in the instrument cluster display is illuminated, the engine will be set to its ideal starting speed when pushing down the accelerator pedal. While maintaining kickdown, release the brake and the vehicle will then accelerate to the maximum until the accelerator is released. The M dual-clutch transmission constantly sets the gearshift points so that when shifting up, the next optimal engine speed is available. This is a feature which is destined to delight drivers with dynamic, sporty ambitions.


In M vehicles, lightweight construction is of the highest priority. That is because low weight is the basis for the best driving dynamics and exemplary efficiency. Ultra-light materials like magnesium, aluminium or CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) are used in many components. That allows for greater agility and dynamics, and improves acceleration and braking.



Constant adjustment to road conditions and driving style.

The Adaptive M suspension's electronically controlled shock absorbers constantly adjust to road conditions as well as driving style within milliseconds, guaranteeing optimal road contact in every situation, the best possible traction and even more agile handling. The suspension settings can be adjusted from comfortable to sporty-dynamic via the Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes.
Comfort mode ensures comfortable handling during everyday driving, and also increases safety in case sudden swerving is necessary. In Sport mode, ample comfort is maintained, but dampening is reduced and contact with the road is more direct – ideal for country roads and uneven racecourses. Sport+ mode offers minimal dampening and maximum driving dynamics on level roads and racetracks.


One decisive factor for a highly dynamic driving experience in the BMW M3 Sedan are the brake systems.With their unbeatable precision, the M Carbon Ceramic Brake System and the M compound brakes ensure unrivalled dynamics and performance.

  • M Carbon Ceramic Brake System

    The M Carbon Ceramic Brake System stands for consistent technology transfer from the area of motor sports. The application of an innovative carbon-fibre compound ceramic makes the braking power even more direct and improves brake-fade stabilisation. It also doesn't corrode, tolerates more heat, features strongly reduced abrasion and contributes to lower vehicle weight. Systematic implementation of lightweight construction reduces rotating and unsprung mass, improving acceleration, responsiveness and overall handling, but also increasing the driving dynamics, traction and suspension comfort, and reducing fuel consumption.

    With its enlarged brake dimensions (400 mm front, 380 mm rear) and increased number of pistons, the M Carbon Ceramic Brake System's heat resistance in continuous operation makes it fit for the racecourse. The perforated, ventilated brake disc rings guarantee optimal responsiveness in wet conditions, as well as ideal heat dissipation. The 6-piston fixed-calliper brakes in front and the 4-piston fixed-calliper brakes in the rear are recognisable because of their brake callipers in Gold Metallic, as well as the characteristic M logo.


    Dependent on conditions and usage, features specific to the materials used can lead to operational noises particularly in wet conditions just before the vehicle comes to a halt. The impact of moisture and road salt can cause the braking action to be equivalent to a conventional brake system. This can for a short time be experienced as a reduction in braking action and can be balanced out by greater pressure on the pedal where necessary.

  • M compound brakes

    M compound brakes have benefited from technology-transfer from motor sports, allowing them to maintain constant effectiveness and brake-fade stabilisation, even under demanding usage. The use of various highly resilient materials results in excellent thermal stability, a long lifespan and precise control. It also reduces the brakes' weight, which has a positive impact on agility, dynamics and acceleration.
    The perforated, ventilated brake disc rings (380 mm front, 370 mm rear), and the brake callipers with four pistons in front and two in the rear guarantee optimal responsiveness in wet conditions, as well as improved heat dissipation. The brake callipers in blue metallic with the characteristic M logo strongly emphasise the brake discs' sporty appearance and distinct, authentic M design.


M Servotronic adjusts the power steering to suit the current speed and ensures a direct and precise steering response even at high speeds. It also ensures supreme comfort by minimizing the physical effort required for steering, as well as maximizing agility when parking, manoeuvring or navigating narrow or twisting roads.


The M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic is an innovative 7-gear dual-clutch transmission that is specially designed for the BMW M high-rev engine. The system boasts a traction-optimised automatic gear selection, Launch Control, Low Speed Assistance, as well as Automatic Start/Stop function. It makes it possible to change gears extremely quickly without an interruption in tractive force.
Two sub-transmissions, each with its own clutch, continuously relay the power of the engine to the rear wheels. The system can be controlled automatically, or manually using the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, or via the gear lever. Just as with Launch Control, which allows maximum acceleration from a standing start, an extremely dynamic driving experience is the result: Shifting gears at high speed is possible without using the clutch and without any interruption in the transmission of power. Drivelogic can be automatically (D mode) or manually (S mode) controlled, and in each mode three shifting options are available – from extremely sporty to comfortable to efficient.