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2012 BMW M3 Coupe

Updated July 5, 2012

BMW is back at it again, this time with a 414 horsepower monster V8 engine that hits 60 MPH within 4.4 seconds. The performance and reliability that you would expect when purchasing a BMW is exemplified best by no car other than the 2012 BMW M3 Coupe. The first thing I noticed while driving it was its extreme smoothness. Its electronic traction system blends in with the road so great you almost forget you’re driving at 90 MPH. Only available in a 6 speed stick-shift transmission, the new M3 is the best luxury car produced by BMW, and quite possibility one of the best overall cars on the street today.

Features wise, you can purchase the 2012 BMW M3 Coupe as a convertible. That was the model that I was fortunate enough to test out, and it’s stunning; inside and out. It’s possibly one of the fastest accelerating cars that I’ve been able to drive, and I was quite impressed with the new additions that BMW made from last year’s base model. The car starts at $60,000, which I feel is a little steep for the car, as you can find similar models, such as the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Sedan, equipped with even a stronger engine, for nearly 10 grand less. BMW has never made their premier cars very affordable, though I think they should compete more with some of the other models. Inside the car is what you would expect from a luxury couple nowadays. It comes equipped with a state of the art navigation and video head-unit, amazing high-powered sound system, heated seats and much more.

There are a few things that I was a little disappointed with. First, I’ve seen huge pickup trucks that get better gas mileage than the M3, as it only gets 13 MPG in the city. For those living in stop and go 24/7 traffic, this is going to kill your pockets faster than the 60 grand for the car itself. I’m going to cut BMW a break on this one, as its insane engine and power probably explain it, and then make up for it. I just hope they find a way to make future models a little more gas efficient, especially considering it’s a relatively light coupe. Second, they released a sedan version of the car last year. They need to do that again for the future models, as the 2012 M3 was only available as a coupe. I’ve always fallen in love with BMW’s design for four-door cars, and with this type of reliability, endurance, and performance, having it available as a full-size car will attract a lot more buyers (possibly including me!)

Overall, I think it’s a fantastic car. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you purchase it. BMW always has a great warranty and service plan with all their new purchases. Just keep in mind there are other cars out there that are great too. Some people just can’t resist the intangibles that you get with any BMW car.


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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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