THE BMW M3 COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE. - Dealer E

BMW M3
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The Ultimate
Driving Machine®
THE BMW M3
COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE.
MORE M THAN EVER BEFORE.
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Contents
BMW M3 Coupe | BMW M3 Convertible
04 | 13 Exterior BMW M3 Coupe
14 | 15 Interior BMW M3 Coupe
16 | 27 Exterior BMW M3 Convertible
28 | 29 Interior BMW M3 Convertible
Technology
30 | 31 Engine
32 | 33 M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic | M3 on the Nürburgring
34 | 35 Chassis | Lightweight construction
36 | 37 M3 heritage
Equipment
38 | 41 Paints | Upholsteries | Interior trims | Combinations
42 | 43 Equipment details
44 | 45 Technical data
46 | 47 Build Your Own | BMW Driver Training
48 | 49 BMW Services
“M” – THE MOST POWERFUL LETTER
IN THE WORLD.
M3 Coupe shown with the following equipment:
Engine:
Output:
Torque:
Wheels:
BMW M3 Coupe
4.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine
414 hp @ 8300 rpm
295 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Double Spoke
(Style 220M) 19" light alloy
Exterior color: Alpine White
Upholstery: Palladium Silver Novillo
Extended Leather
Interior trim: Carbon Leather
For details on Technical data and specifications, please refer to page 44–45.
M3 Convertible shown with the following equipment:
A 414-hp, high-rev V-8 engine. A degree of agility
never before experienced. And dynamic handling that
can’t be described but only felt. The fourth-generation
BMW M3 – in Coupe and Convertible form – is a legend
in the making. Discover for yourself how the exceptional
M3 is as impressive on the road as it is on the racetrack.
And experience the exhilaration that is BMW M.
VisitPbmwusa.com/M to explore BMW M.
Engine:
Output:
Torque:
Wheels:
Exterior color:
Upholstery:
BMW M3 Convertible
Interior trim:
4.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine
414 hp @ 8300 rpm
295 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Double Spoke
(Style 220M) 19" light alloy
Jerez Black Metallic
Bamboo Beige Novillo
Extended Leather
Sycamore Anthracite Wood
For details on technical data and specifications, please refer to page 44–45.
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Exterior 04 | 05
RAISING THE PULSE OF RACEDRIVERS:
THE BMW M3 COUPE.
Dubai Autodrome, 100 degrees in the shade. The M3 Coupe is already in pole position.
Since its inception, the BMW M3 has embodied the very soul of motorsport. Now it’s setting
a new benchmark on the world’s racetracks. Virtually all components have been constructed
from the ground up with one goal: to exceed the capabilities of its illustrious predecessor.
A muscular, racing-inspired 4.0-liter V-8 engine is a driving enthusiast’s dream. The M3’s
intelligent lightweight construction contributes to its dynamic responsiveness and sporty road
feel. The look is designed to set your pulse racing. Get behind the wheel – and experience the
thrill of purebred sports car performance.
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06 | 07 Exterior
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
AT 8400 BEATS PER MINUTE.
One of the V-8’s many motorsport-inspired advances: using eight separate throttle butterflies,
one for each cylinder, to deliver faster engine response and greater overall performance and
efficiency. Another is BMW’s variable Double-VANOS technology, which precisely adjusts
valve timing all the way up to the M3’s staggering 8400-rpm redline. It’s engineering like this
that contributes to the M3 Coupe’s 0-60 time of an incredible 4.5 seconds.1 Trust BMW M to
turn the tarmac into your paved playground.
1 BMW
AG test results with M Double Clutch Transmission.
BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.
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Exterior 08 | 09
TO ACHIEVE THE M3’S SUPERIOR HANDLING,
OUR ENGINEERS HAD TO LIGHTEN UP.
Along with faster 0-60 times, reducing a vehicle’s weight also helps deliver lightning-quick
responsiveness and uncanny driving dynamics. BMW’s intelligent lightweight engineering gives
the latest generation M3 an enviable weight-to-power ratio of 8.9 lbs/hp. The M3’s suspension,
for example, uses weight-optimized components, like an aluminum front axle. The M3 Coupe’s
carbon-fiber roof weighs 11 lbs. less than a steel roof, and 45 lbs. less than a steel moonroof.
By reducing the weight of the roof, BMW lowers the center of gravity, thus minimizing body roll
and enhancing grip through turns.
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A SHIFT IN THE ULTIMATE DRIVING PARADIGM.
As signified by its V-8 engine, the BMW M3 raises the bar for high-performance vehicles in
virtually every respect. The standard M3 transmission is a smooth 6-speed manual, with a
heavy-duty clutch for immediate pickup at the starting line and during shifting. Piloting the
M3 through gear after gear all the way up to the 8400-rpm redline is the perfect way to take
advantage of all 414 horses. And when it comes to stopping power, the M3 is no less impressive.
Massive 14" cross-drilled compound brakes work in conjunction with Dynamic Brake Control
and a special high-performance-tuned anti-lock braking system for reliable, responsive vehicle
control in virtually any conditions. In the racing-inspired world of the M3, there is no room for
anything less.
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Exterior 12 | 13
ON EVERY ROAD, YOU’RE ON THE FAST TRACK
TO DRIVING PLEASURE.
From the racetrack to the open road, the BMW M3 Coupe never fails to amaze. It combines the dynamics and agility of a sports car with
everyday practicality and comfort. Thanks to the finely tuned lightweight chassis with Electronic Damping Control, you can set damper
settings to one of three levels – Comfort, Normal or Sport. Available in the M3 Coupe, both the Sport mode and Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) are tuned for more athletic handling with the Competition Package. This package also enhances the M3’s performance via a lowered
suspension and Y Spoke (Style 359M) 19" forged alloy wheels. In both models, DSC’s suspension control system provides enhanced driver
feedback, as does the Variable M Differential Lock, which delivers enhanced stability and increases grip. You enjoy the exceptional start-up
and acceleration, even under challenging conditions.
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14 | 15 Interior
STEP INSIDE AND PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF.
You’ll find the M3 interior sleek, athletic and totally energizing. Just the
sight of the signature M trim and logo on the door sills can raise any
driver’s pulse. And like the cockpit of any track-worthy vehicle, you’re
in total control. Grip the thick, leather-wrapped rim of the compact
multi-function M sport steering wheel. It’s designed to help you handle
demanding high-performance maneuvers. Modify your vehicle setup
through buttons located on the center console, next to the shift lever.
Eye-catching back-lit instrument dials with glowing red tach hands
provide vital driving information at a glance. Check the oil temperature
gauge, as well as the tach that displays maximum available revs, which
increase as the engine warms up.
The M3 cabin is finished in luxurious materials of the highest quality,
such as Novillo Leather upholstery finished in a choice of Black,
Palladium Silver, Bamboo Beige or Fox Red. Handsome trim accents
are set off by the dark Anthracite lining the roof and the top half of the
instrument panel.
Body-hugging, fully adjustable M sport seats offer adjustable backrest
widths for improved support in the sharpest turns. The road beckons,
so strap yourself in. It’s time to drive.
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specifications. Visit bmwusa.com, select the BMW model of your choice, and click on
“Features & Specs.”
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Exterior 16 | 17
THE M3 CONVERTIBLE:
OPEN TO LIFE ON THE EDGE.
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THE HOTTEST PERFORMER UNDER THE SUN.
Up ahead: the legendary city circuit in sun-drenched Monaco. Under your control: the M3
Convertible, the key to both high-performance excitement and open-air exhilaration. The M3
Convertible turns the roadway into a runway, thanks to BMW’s muscular 414-hp V-8 engine.
This racing-inspired powerplant, combined with the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission
(M DCT) with Drivelogic, is a driving enthusiast’s dream. From the lightweight aluminum suspension that improves handling, to M Drive that allows you to set performance parameters, to the
retractable hardtop, virtually all of the M3 Convertible’s components are designed with one goal:
a stimulating driving experience on the highest performance level.
The Monaco Grand Prix was first held in 1929. The 2.07-mile-long circuit
has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1955.
Due to the unique terrain and the often difficult racing conditions, this
circuit is considered the ultimate test in the entire championship schedule.
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HANDLING THAT CAN BE ADAPTED
TO FIT EVERY MOOD.
Get behind the wheel of the M3 Convertible, and you open up a new world of inspired and exhilarating driving possibilities at every turn.
That’s why BMW offers M Drive – to provide a comprehensive array of choices when it comes to personalizing your M3 Convertible’s driving
feel. Normally, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) helps to deliver optimal traction, including track-oriented M Dynamic Mode (MDM), which
allows for more wheelslip and yaw angle. Electronic Damping Control (EDC) can be set to Comfort, Normal or Sport, depending on your
preferred handling settings and the surface of the road. Engine response can be tweaked via a button in the center console, which calls up
Normal, Sport or Sport Plus programs. But however you configure it, the M3 Convertible brings together unmatched levels of responsiveness
and control – as only BMW M can deliver.
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Straightaways can become hairpin turns in the blink of an eye. But the M3’s suspension design handles whatever the road throws at it with
finesse. At the heart of the M3’s responsiveness is a front axle made primarily of aluminum; an additional thrust plate across the entire frame
adds stability, making the front axle not only lightweight, but extremely rigid. The five-arm rear suspension features all-aluminum track control
arms and dampers; compared to construction using more conventional material, it’s stiffer and 5.5 lbs. lighter. Anti-roll bars, front and rear,
and two additional longitudinal bars contribute to the M3’s powerful, sporty dynamics and road feel. The M3’s agile suspension frees the
rest of its innovative, performance-enhancing features to operate to their most thrilling capacity.
MASTERING ANY ROAD WITH BREATHTAKING
AGILITY: THE BRILLIANT M SUSPENSION.
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24 | 25 Exterior
EVEN WITH THE TOP DOWN,
THERE’S NOTHING “CASUAL” ABOUT IT.
Adhering to a time-honored M tradition, the M3 Convertible’s form follows its high-performance function. It’s no
coincidence that the M3 looks fast – its distinctive features are designed for peak performance. Intelligently placed
air intakes in the front, sides and hood allow proper ventilation for the V-8 engine. Wheel-well extensions accommodate
its wider stance; the flat underfloor provides improved aerodynamic efficiency as the M3’s speed increases. The 18"
M-style Double Spoke light alloy wheels and polished quad tailpipes also contribute to its daunting appearance. And
with the top down, the M3’s dynamic silhouette perfectly embodies the look of unparalleled driving joy.
Shown: Double Spoke (Style 220M) 19" polished and forged M light alloy wheels.
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The M3’s retractable roof is far more than just
a steel version of a softtop. When raised, the full
roofliner effectively insulates the interior against
cold and exterior noise. At the push of a button
on the center console, a motor electrohydraulically
begins the process of lowering the top. First, the
roof is separated into three sections, which then
smoothly move towards the rear and stack one
above the other. At the same time, the trunk lid
unlocks at the front and swings up. The stacked
roof sections are lowered into a special storage
compartment; the trunk lid closes. Total time
from top-up to top-down: 22 seconds. The trunk
can now be opened from the back, and gently
closed using the soft-close feature.
The roof can also be raised and lowered by using
the key fob buttons when the M3 Convertible is
equipped with Comfort Access. This option also
includes the Comfort Opening and Loading feature: to stow large packages in the trunk when
the top is down, a touch of the remote button
raises the stacked roof up and conveniently out
of the way, letting you access more trunk space;
another press lowers it back down. All of which
makes the M3 Convertible hardtop not just one
of the sleekest, most beautiful convertible hardtops on the road today, but the smartest, as well.
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features, packages and technical specifications.
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and click on “Features & Specs.”
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Interior 28 | 29
IF YOU’RE GOING FOR DRIVING PLEASURE,
GO ALL THE WAY.
The M3 Convertible interior is sleek, athletic and totally energizing. At night, the driver-oriented cockpit is bathed in the glow of back-lit instrument
dials, their illuminated red needles providing vital driving information at a glance. Strap yourself into the body-hugging M sport seats with adjustable
backrest width, upholstered in handcrafted Novillo Leather. Thanks to Sun-Reflective Technology, the seats remain cooler even when parked in the
sun with the top down. A selection of trims – Titanium Shadow, Blue-gray Brushed Aluminum, Sycamore Anthracite Wood or Carbon Leather – lets
you further customize the interior. Treat your ears to the sound of one of the world’s most exhilarating exhausts, or enjoy your favorite soundtrack
via the Enhanced Premium Sound audio system. You can also add Sirius Satellite Radio, or simply hook up your iPod® to the iPod and USB adapter
and pick your playlist from buttons on the steering wheel. The M3 Convertible offers a truly sumptuous level of luxury, comfort and convenience for
a high-performance vehicle.
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Engine 30 | 31
THE HIGH ART OF M POWER.
Speed. Power. Control. Three things on the
mind of every BMW M engineer. In designing
the M3’s engine, no corners were cut, and no
boundaries were set. Their efforts resulted in a
powerful 4.0-liter V-8 engine, with a dynamic
414-hp output and 295 lb-ft of available
torque, as well as a maximum engine speed
of 8400 rpm. It’s the kind of muscle that will
catapult the M3 Convertible from 0-60 in just
5.1 exhilarating seconds.1 To accommodate
the naturally aspirated engine, the M3 hood
features a contoured powerdome and dual
air intakes.
Thanks to the M3 engine block’s special
aluminum/silicon-alloy construction, the
cylinder surface is created by the exposed
hard silicon crystals in the alloy. This eliminates the need for conventional coated
cylinder bores. For increased structural
stability, the M3 V-8’s crankcase is milled
as a complete forging.
conditions. The result: breathtaking acceleration out of the turns and onto the
straightaways.
To achieve smooth power distribution
throughout the rpm range, the M3’s engine
is tuned to truly track-worthy specifications.
BMW’s Double-VANOS technology ensures
pinpoint-accurate valve timing, which allows
for optimal combustion at every rev range,
while lowering emissions.
An equally innovative engine management
system enhances performance. Ion flow
technology monitors the V-8’s combustion
process via the spark plugs, helping to
prevent knocking. How far can revolutionary
BMW technology take you? Hit the M3’s
Start button and find out.
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AG test results, 6-speed manual transmission;
4.9 seconds with 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission.
BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always
wear safety belts.
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442
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414 hp@8300 rpm
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500
366
450
328
400
290
350
295 lb-ft@3900 rpm
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300
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250
Torque (lb-ft)
176
200
138
150
Output (hp)
100
0
1000
Engine speed (rpm)
100
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
7000
8000
9000
Torque (lb-ft)
Output (Horsepower)
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technology.
In keeping with the M3’s racing-inspired
engineering, eight separate throttle butterflies operate precisely and independently,
delivering amazingly quick throttle response.
In addition, the engine’s oil supply is carefully
regulated by an advanced wet sump system
to ensure adequate lubrication under any
In 2008, 2009, 2010
and 2011, a panel of
the world’s leading
automotive journalists
named the M3’s 414-hp
V-8 engine “Best 3.0to 4.0-Liter Engine” at
the International Engine
of the Year Awards.
Auto Start/Stop function. The M3 engine will automatically shut down when the driver
activates the clutch, switches to neutral and the vehicle is stationary. The engine restarts
as soon as the clutch is activated again. This innovation significantly reduces fuel consumption, especially in city traffic. It is also used in conjunction with M DCT with Drivelogic.
Eight individually adjustable
single throttle butterflies allow for
instantaneous engine response.
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Ex-Mühle
32 | 33 M DCT with Drivelogic | M3 on the Nürburgring
Adenauer-Forst
Kesselchen
Aremberg
1.9 mi
4.4 mi
Caracciola-Karussell
Flugplatz
6.2 mi
Quiddelbacher-Höhe
With optional M DCT – 7-speed
M Double Clutch Transmission –
the M3 Convertible shifts like a
racecar, only faster.
0 mi
12.4 mi
10.6 mi
8.7 mi
9.9 mi
Wippermann
Hatzenbach
Pflanzgarten
Antoniusbuche
Highest point: 2,034 feet
Start / Finish
M DCT WITH DRIVELOGIC. A TRANSMISSION THAT’S
ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAVELENGTH.
BMW M DCT with Drivelogic: a transmission option that is worthy of
the M3’s breathtaking driving dynamics.
This 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic
uses two transmission structures in one large housing. First, third,
fifth and seventh gears are grouped in one structure; second, fourth
and sixth gears are grouped in the other. When upshifting or downshifting, the system switches between the two structures, so that
while one gear is being disengaged, the next is already in position.
And M DCT with Drivelogic can even tailor gear use to your own
driving needs. Choose from 11 different programs: six in Sequential
mode, and five in Automated mode. In either mode, you can access
the whole spectrum of the M3’s track-inspired shifting dynamics.
Even racing fans are impressed with the results: M DCT with Drivelogic
delivers lightning-fast shifts that rocket you to top gear in the blink of
an eye. In manual mode, change gears by using either the shift lever,
or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It shifts like a racecar –
only faster. In Sequential mode, the shift times vary, but in the sportiest
programs, seamless shifts take only milliseconds to complete. You
even get a prompt to indicate the ideal moment to change gears.
In Automated mode, the system performs shifts automatically, with
action so smooth you’ll barely feel them at all.
In addition to its superior performance on the road, the M DCT
transmission with Drivelogic offers a range of functions for even more
convenience. The LowSpeed Assistant makes parking easier, while
the Auto-P function activates the handbrake once the engine is
turned off, and selects the gear with the highest traction when you
restart your vehicle.
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specifi cations. Visit bmwusa.com, select the BMW model of your choice, and click on
“Features & Specs.”
“GREEN HELL” ON THE NÜRBURGRING,
PARADISE FOR OUR ENGINEERS.
A BMW engineer’s log while testing the
M3 on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife:
Tuesday morning, 9:13 am, air temperature
58° Fahrenheit. Dry asphalt, a cloudy sky.
Press the Start/Stop button briefly, and the
high-speed V-8 induction engine springs
to life. A glance at the instrument panel. A
glance at the route. Concentrate and: go!
The BMW M3 powers away with a turbinelike power delivery. Then: Hatzenbach.
The first bend on the Nordschleife is
unsparing as it lays bare the vehicle’s
suspension characteristics. Steer sharply
to the right and then to the left. It’ll need a
lot more than that to bring this aluminum
chassis off track. The BMW M3 takes the
bend neutrally and accurately.
Onward, up the Quiddelbacher-Höhe. The
road is narrow and undulating. The BMW M3
speeds up to 124 mph, the engine powers
on ceaselessly. Upsurge: minimal. The aerodynamics molds itself around the vehicle
like the M seat around the driver. After Flugplatz and Schwedenkreuz, the first tough
braking area by Aremberg – and after that,
top speed down the Fuchsröhre. The build:
extremely torsion-stiff and bend-resistant.
Fourth mile. Adenauer-Forst. Precise, rapid
load change at the limit. Road section Breidscheid: the cloud cover cracks open, the
high-performance compound brakes glow
– but stay steady.
Now to the right, up the Ex-Mühle. The V-8
powerplant revs up, the cooling system shows
no sign of strain. The BMW M3 effortlessly
climbs the steep incline up to Bergwerk, on
over Kesselchen toward the legendary steep
section: formidable driving stability – the
Variable M Differential Lock performs brilliantly. Then into the Caracciola-Karussell’s
180-degree banked turn: straining right to
the limit – particularly the wheel suspension.
On over Wippermann. The handling is almost
playful. To Pflanzgarten. Taut, but not tough
– the spring and damper tuning. Finally Antoniusbuche, a long stretch, top speed 155 mph,
the road studded with bumps. Superb longitudinal dynamics. Then the finish line is in sight.
Hands tremble. The new BMW M3 falls silent.
The V-8 engine crackles softly.
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Chassis I Lightweight construction 34 | 35
The roof of the BMW M3 Coupe is made
of carbon-fiber reinforced material,
which is both light and very stiff.
BMW’s use of lightweight construction:
track control arms and dampers on the rear
axle are made from lightweight aluminum,
as is the load-through. The rear bumper
carrier is made of a composite material,
long-fiber thermoplastic. Perforated
compound brake discs also contribute
toward a reduction in weight.
A DRIVE THIS INSPIRING STARTS
WITH A HIGH-PERFORMANCE PLATFORM.
When is a “sporty” vehicle considered truly
“high performance”? When every component
works together seamlessly. That’s where the
M3 shines. At the heart of the M3’s responsive
handling lies a front axle made primarily of
aluminum, including the central subframe,
the spring struts, the swivel bearings, and an
additional thrust plate across the entire frame
for added stability. As a result, the front axle
is not only lightweight, it’s extremely rigid.
Redesigned from the ground up – except for a
single trailing link borrowed from the 3 Series
platform – the five-arm rear axle features allaluminum track control arms, as well as
aluminum dampers. And when compared to
construction using more conventional materials, the rear axle is stiffer and 5.5 lbs. lighter.
Optimized for weight and stability, anti-roll
bars are featured in both the front and rear
of the M3’s chassis. Once again, special
engineering of the axle geometry (which
features two additional longitudinal bars)
contributes to the M3’s powerful, sporty
dynamics and road feel.
Working in conjunction with the suspension,
the M3’s final drive features a Variable M
Differential Lock, which provides up to 100 %
locking action for optimal traction on any
surface, in any conditions.
The suspension design allows the rest of the
vehicle’s innovative, performance-enhancing
features – from the heavy-duty manual transmission to the M3 Coupe’s carbon-fiber roof
– to operate at their most thrilling capacity. It’s
the solid foundation that plays a huge role in
the M3’s unmatched driving dynamics.
The front bumper carriers, which are made from
composite material, and the double-joint springstrut front axle, constructed from aluminum, are
as important to the overall lightweight concept
as the aluminum hood.
HIGHER PERFORMANCE STARTS
AT THE TOP WITH LESS WEIGHT.
The M3 benefits from lightweight construction
– in its suspension, its perforated compound
brake discs, aluminum hood, and even its
composite front fenders. But just reducing
weight isn’t enough to optimize a vehicle’s
driving dynamics. That’s why BMW reduced
weight in areas where it would have a positive
effect on driving characteristics. M-style agility
is achieved by concentrating the vehicle’s
weight as close as possible to its center of
gravity. Accordingly, BMW used carbon-fiber
reinforced material – a particularly light and
extremely rigid high-tech composite – in the
roof of the M3 Coupe, to lower the vehicle’s
center of gravity. And when combined with
the M3’s near-perfect 50/50 balance front and
rear, the advantages of lighter weight and a
lower center of gravity become obvious in
the M3’s powerful drive, high-revving pickup,
improved roadholding and shorter braking
distances.
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M3 heritage 36 | 37
ONE LETTER. ONE NUMBER. ONE LEGEND: M3.
192 hp
333 hp
240 hp
BMW M3, 1995 – 1999
BMW M3, 1987–1991
BMW M3, 2001 – 2006
414 hp
BMW M3, from 2007
The very first BMW M – the legendary M1 –
Uncompromising and practical, with exceptional
The BMW M3 made its initial debut in 1987,
In 2001, the third-generation BMW M3
The engine, transmission, suspension and
That’s why BMW M develops and tests its cars
shot straight to the top in 1978 as one of the
quality down to the smallest detail, M Cars offer
and from the very beginning, its performance
set the benchmark for combining the thrill
aerodynamics are all in perfect harmony.
on the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife.
fastest German road-going sports cars. And
BMW Motorsport technology in a production
was unrivaled. With a 192-hp, 16-valve, four-
of motorsport and everyday functionality.
This powerful high-rev concept with its
This is where racing legends – and cars that
once BMW M tasted success, they never
vehicle. For over three decades, M Cars have
cylinder engine, the M3 legend was created.
At its heart was a high-revving, 333-hp,
unique lightweight technology transfers
carry the M name – are born.
wanted to give it up.
been created for those who view outstanding
The second BMW M3 was launched in 1995,
six-cylinder engine. And today, the 414-hp,
motorsport innovation directly to the road.
achievement as an everyday occurrence.
a milestone distinguished by its 240 hp and
V-8 M3 continues the BMW M tradition.
array of technological highlights.
BMW M: inspirational vehicles that are prized
on the race circuit – and on the road home.
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Paints | Upholsteries 38 | 39
The pages in this section show available colors and materials for the
BMW M3 models. Use these samples to compare paint, upholstery,
trim colors and combinations. Please note that these samples are
representations; they are not exact reproductions. To see the actual
colors, visit your local BMW center. They will be happy to show you
original samples and assist you with special requests.
Pbmwusa.com/byo
Please note: All M3 Convertible leather upholstery includes
Sun-Reflective Technology.
Exterior colors
300 Alpine White Non-metallic
668 Jet Black Non-metallic
Upholstery materials and colors
A96 Mineral White Metallic
A29 Silverstone Metallic
GEAT Anthracite and Black Cloth/Leather
See Recommended color combinations chart on page 41 for details
on limitations and exclusivity when selecting exterior paint colors
and upholstery materials and colors.
381 Le Mans Blue Metallic
A30 Interlagos Blue Metallic
NCH3 Bamboo Beige Novillo Leather
NCH1 Palladium Silver Novillo Leather
A52 Space Gray Metallic
A75 Melbourne Red Metallic
NCH2 Fox Red Novillo Leather
NCSW Black Novillo Leather
NCH4 Palladium Silver/Black Novillo Leather
NCH5 Fox Red/Black Novillo Leather
A73 Jerez Black Metallic
Get the latest information on BMW standard and optional features, packages and technical
specifications. Visit bmwusa.com, select the BMW model of your choice, and click on
“Features & Specs.”
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Interior trims | Combinations 40 | 41
Recommended color combinations
Upholstery material
Upholstery colors
Anthracite and
Black Cloth/Leather1
Anthracite/Black
Novillo Leather 2 /Extended Novillo Leather 3
Bamboo
Beige
Palladium
Silver
Fox
Red
Black
Palladium
Silver/Black
Fox Red/
Black
Exterior colors
300 Alpine White Non-metallic4
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
668 Jet Black Non-metallic4
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
A96 Mineral White Metallic5
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
A29 Silverstone Metallic5
p
p
p
p
381 Le Mans Blue Metallic5
p
p
p
p
p
A30 Interlagos Blue Metallic5
p
p
p
p
p
A52 Space Gray Metallic5
p
p
p
A75 Melbourne Red Metallic5
p
p
p
A73 Jerez Black Metallic5
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
p
Interior trims
771 Titanium Shadow4
4MX Blue-gray Brushed Aluminum5
4MY Carbon Leather5
4MZ Sycamore Anthracite Wood5
1
Standard in M3 Coupe; not available in M3 Convertible.
Standard in M3 Convertible; optional in M3 Coupe.
Optional; requires Navigation system or Convenience Package.
Extended Novillo Leather covers the instrument panel below the trim line, the glovebox lid and the center console sides.
4 Standard.
5 Optional.
2
3
Please note: All M3 Convertible leather upholstery includes Sun-Reflective Technology.
Interior trims
771 Titanium Shadow
4MX Blue-gray Brushed Aluminum
4MY Carbon Leather
4MZ Sycamore Anthracite Wood
Get the latest information on BMW standard and optional features, packages and technical specifications.
Visit bmwusa.com, select the BMW model of your choice, and click on “Features & Specs.”
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42 | 43 Equipment details
The BMW M3 Coupe’s carbon-fiber roof.
Feel the passion that races through the M3 Competition Package. Developed to take the BMW M3 Coupe to the far edge of street-legal,
it enhances the M3’s athletic stance by lowering the suspension 10 mm (.39") for enhanced aerodynamics. Performance-enhancing
technologies include Electronic Dynamic Damping Control (EDC) – which, along with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), offers a special Sport
mode – while sporty 19" Y Spoke (Style 359M) forged alloy wheels reduce unsprung weight. (Shown with a high-tech carbon front air dam,
available as a BMW Performance Accessory.)
1
Turn indicators with integrated BMW M3
lettering.
Aerodynamically designed M exterior mirrors.
Illuminated instrumentation in M dashboard
with M Drive.
Get the latest information on BMW standard and optional features, packages and technical specifications.
Visit bmwusa.com, select the BMW model of your choice, and click on “Features & Specs.”
Driving over rough or damaged road surfaces, as well as debris, curbs and other obstacles, can cause serious damage to wheels, tires and suspension
parts. This is more likely to occur with low-profile tires, which provide less cushioning between the wheel and the road. Be careful to avoid road hazards
and reduce your speed, especially if your vehicle is equipped with low-profile tires. Performance tires are not recommended for driving in ice and snow
conditions. M3 models are not equipped with a spare tire and wheel. Included is the M Mobility System, which offers lifetime BMW Roadside Assistance
for tire assistance.
Double Spoke (Style 219M) Bright Silver
finish light alloy wheels, 18 x 8.5 front,
18 x 9.5 rear; 245/40 front and 265/40 rear
performance tires.1
Double Spoke (Style 220M) polished and
forged light alloy wheels, 19 x 8.5 front,
19 x 9.5 rear; 245/35 front and 265/35 rear
performance tires.1
Y Spoke (Style 359M) bright aluminum finish
forged light alloy wheels, 19 x 9.0 front,
19 x 10.0 rear; 245/35 front and 265/35 rear
performance tires.1
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Technical data 44 | 45
Maximum load
lbs
882
882
%
51.2/48.8
47.2/52.8
4.0/V-8/4
4.0/V-8/4
BMW M3 Coupe
4145
55.6
Weight distribution, front/rear
3704
M3 Convertible
lbs
36.8
M3 Coupe
Unladen weight
3 8 .4
Weight
Engine
Displacement
cu cm
Bore/Stroke
inch
3999
3999
3.62/2.96
3.62/2.96
Maximum output/rpm
hp
414/8300
414/8300
Maximum torque/rpm
lb-ft
295/3900
295/3900
12.0
12.0
:1
31.7
108.7
181.8
41.4
57.4
Compression ratio
60.5
77.8
55.2
Liters/cylinders/valves per cylinder
Transmission
6-speed manual gear ratios
I/II/III
:1
4.06/2.40/1.58
4.06/2.40/1.58
6-speed manual gear ratios
IV/V/VI/R
:1
1.19/1.00/0.87/3.68
1.19/1.00/0.87/3.68
:1
3.85
3.85
Cd
0.31
0.32
Performance
Acceleration 0-60 mph1
mph
155
155
sec
4.7 [4.5]
5.1 [4.9]
Wheels
Tire dimensions (performance tires2)
front
245/40
245/40
rear
265/40
265/40
Wheel dimensions, front/rear
standard
18 x 8.5 /18 x 9.5
18 x 8.5 /18 x 9.5
Material
standard
light alloy
light alloy
60.6
77.8
31.7
36.5
Top speed (top speed limited electronically)
BMW M3 Convertible
54.8
Drag coefficient
3 8 .0
6-speed manual gear ratios Final drive ratio
60.5
71.5
108.7
181.7
41.3
mpg
14 [14]
13 [14]
Highway
mpg
20 [20]
20 [20]
16.6
16.6
Tank capacity, approximate
gal
49.3
City
55.3
Fuel consumption3
60.6
71.0
Brakes
Front ventilated disc – diameter
inch
14.2
14.2
Rear ventilated disc – diameter
inch
13.8
13.8
All technical drawing dimensions are shown in inches.
Figures in [ ] reflect 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic.
1 BMW
AG test results. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.
over rough or damaged road surfaces, as well as debris, curbs and other obstacles, can cause serious damage to wheels,
tires and suspension parts. This is more likely to occur with low-profile tires, which provide less cushioning between the wheel
and the road. Be careful to avoid road hazards and reduce your speed, especially if your vehicle is equipped with low-profile tires.
Performance tires are not recommended for driving in ice and snow conditions. Please note: M3 models are not equipped with
a spare tire and wheel. They include M Mobility System, which offers lifetime BMW Roadside Assistance for tire assistance.
3 EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits,
trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.
2 Driving
U.S. Importer: BMW of North America, LLC, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677. All illustrations
and specifications contained in this brochure are based on the latest product information
available at the time of printing. BMW reserves the right to make changes at any time,
without notice, in colors, materials, equipment, specifications and models. BMW may,
subject to legal requirements, determine the Model Year designation of its vehicles.
The Model Year designation on any particular model may be longer or shorter than
12 months. Some vehicles pictured may contain non-U.S. equipment. Some models
may be shown with optional equipment. While BMW NA makes all reasonable efforts
to provide accurate information in this brochure, there is no guarantee or warranty of
accuracy. Furthermore, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy or completeness
of information presented. This brochure shall not be used or relied upon as a substitute for
information that is available from your BMW center. Further information can be obtained from
your authorized BMW center or bmwusa.com.
©2011 BMW of North America, LLC. Not to be reproduced wholly or in part without written
permission of BMW NA. The BMW name, model names and logo are registered trademarks.
The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of
such marks by BMW is under license. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Other
trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
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Build Your Own | BMW Driver Training 46 | 47
CRAFT YOUR OWN BMW – AT BMWUSA.COM/BYO.
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
BMW M SCHOOL.
At BMW, we want you to create your own Ultimate Driving Machine.® That’s why BMW offers one of the widest model ranges
of any luxury automotive manufacturer. And each BMW model offers its own universe of personalizing possibilities.
It’s easy to get the latest information on your favorite BMW model. Simply visit bmwusa.com and click on the BMW model
of your choice. Select “Features & Specs” to see all the standard features and available options and packages, as well as
technical specifications.
Then create the exact BMW model that fulfills your needs by clicking on “Build Your Own” – or just visit bmwusa.com/byo.
Here you’ll be able to select from among the many interior and exterior colors and trims, personalizing options and value-added
packages. Build a BMW model that reflects your style, then view it in 360° detail. At the press of a button, see payment and
financing options, get a same-day quote, download a product brochure and even schedule a test drive. BMW makes it easier
than ever to make your ultimate driving dreams come true, at bmwusa.com.
M School, located at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC,
teaches you what high-performance driving is all about. How to slalom.
How to drift. How to push an Ultimate Driving Machine® to the limits.
With confidence. You’ll learn under the expert guidance of professional
driving instructors, while having the time of your life. Get your fill of
aggressive handling techniques and advanced braking skills in your
choice of One-Day or Two-Day M Schools.
Once you graduate, treat yourself to two full days of Advanced
M School. Our professional instructors will teach you things in
BMWs that seem to defy physics. We’ll take you to Virginia
International Raceway, where you’ll corner, brake, accelerate
and then do it all again. In BMW M Cars. Learn highly technical
driving techniques and how to control power. Expect lots of speed.
It’s intense. It’s Advanced M – and it’s not for everyone.
For more information on M School and the BMW Performance Center, visit bmwusa.com/performancecenter or call 1-888-345-4BMW(4269).
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48 | 49
BMW Services
We believe that a premium ownership experience should feature performance
and luxury, as well as safety and convenience. We believe you should be able
to drive a BMW to its potential, while enjoying peace of mind and reduced
cost of ownership. That’s the idea behind BMW Ultimate Service®: a suite
of comprehensive programs and services that are included in every new
BMW vehicle.
BMW Ultimate Service starts with the New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty,
providing you with coverage for the first four years or , miles, whichever
comes first. Additionally, you have -year, unlimited-mileage warranty protection against corrosion and rust perforation. The BMW Maintenance Program
and BMW Roadside Assistance also come standard, with BMW Assist™
offered as an option.
GOING BEYOND ENGINEERING:
THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE
BMW OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE.
BMW Maintenance Program is
one of the most comprehensive
maintenance programs in its class.
We cover all factory-recommended
maintenance during the New Vehicle/
SAV Limited Warranty coverage
period. This includes scheduled oil
services and inspections. Also covered is the replacement of items that
are subject to normal wear and tear,
such as brake pads, wiper blade inserts
and engine drive belts. And, thanks to
BMW’s advanced engineering, most
owners enjoy a well-balanced maintenance schedule, with flexible routine
service intervals that can save you
time. When your vehicle requires
attention, your authorized BMW
center ensures that it receives only
genuine BMW parts – your assurance
of exacting quality standards.
For more details on BMW Ultimate
Service and the BMW Maintenance
Program, visit your authorized BMW
center or log on to bmwusa.com/
ultimateservice.
BMW Assist Safety Plan is a fouryear program that lets you enjoy
peace of mind knowing that a friendly
response specialist is there to help
you, /, at just the push of a button.
The Safety Plan includes Automatic
Collision Notification, Emergency
Request, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Door Unlock, Stolen Vehicle
Recovery and Customer Relations.
Included in the BMW Assist Safety
Plan, MyInfo allows you to send business locations and street addresses
with their associated phone numbers
from the Google Maps™ website
directly to your BMW. The destination
can be sent to your Navigation system
for turn-by-turn directions. With the
BMW Navigation system and your
mobile phone linked to your BMW
via Bluetooth® technology, BMW’s
Mobile Office feature transfers text
messages and emails to your iDrive
Display screen and reads them aloud
to you. A Calendar and To-do List
can also appear on your Display
screen while en route. Running late?
Click on the phone number in the
Calendar to call your appointment.
For a list of tested mobile phones,
visit bmwusa.com/bluetooth.
For the ultimate in coverage, add the
optional BMW Assist Convenience
Plan. You’ll enjoy unlimited access
to personalized Directions, Traffic
and Weather reports, as well as our
Concierge feature, which can send
a destination address and phone
number, such as a restaurant or hotel,
right to your BMW. You can make up
to four operator-assisted calls per
year with Critical Calling if your cell
phone is not available, or if its battery
is discharged. BMW Online allows
access to up-to-date fuel prices and
the latest weather forecasts, as well
as Bloomberg’s stock indices and the
powerful reach of the Google Maps
database – delivered to the iDrive
Display right inside your vehicle.
BMW’s unique TeleService, included
in the BMW Assist Safety Plan, continually monitors specific parts that
are subject to wear and tear – including the engine oil, micro-filter, spark
plugs, brake linings and various fluids
– as well as services that require
attention at regular intervals, such
as vehicle service inspections. This
data is automatically transmitted to
your authorized BMW center, which
will then call you to schedule a service
appointment. You don’t have to keep
track of when your vehicle requires
routine maintenance. An added benefit: any needed maintenance service
parts will already be on hand, so your
BMW is serviced and returned to you
as quickly as possible. And because
they use only Original BMW Parts, you
can rely on expert fit and long-lasting
BMW quality. For more details on
TeleService, visit bmwassist.com.
BMW Roadside Assistance is
provided free of charge for the first
four years – with no mileage limit.
Call ---BMW () for
friendly on-the-road help, /, anywhere in the United States, Canada
and Puerto Rico. This includes
everything from flat-tire changes,
emergency gasoline and lock-out
service, to towing, alternative transportation and even trip-interruption
benefits. This service also provides
valuable trip-routing advice.
THE MOST EXCITING PLACE IN AMERICA
TO DRIVE A BMW M VEHICLE.
The BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC.
Just beyond the foothills of the Carolinas’ Blue Ridge Mountains lies
the $ million BMW Performance Center. This sprawling, modern
complex houses the world-famous BMW Performance Driving School,
as well as the Zentrum Museum, BMW Boutique, BMW Delivery Center,
and a Corporate Conference Center. Nearby is BMW’s only manufacturing facility in the U.S., where models, such as the X, X, and X, are
built for export worldwide. It’s a unique place where BMW enthusiasts
can spend days – or, in the surrounding area, an entire vacation.
BMW Virtual Center. If you get the
sudden urge to shop for a BMW but
your authorized BMW center is closed,
there’s good news – the BMW Virtual
Center is open  hours a day! Log on
to bmwusa.com/byo, and choose
the model that interests you. Configure
the BMW of your dreams, and see
what the monthly payments would be.
You can even send the specifications
to your authorized BMW center, apply
for financing, or request a test drive –
all online!
BMW Financial Services. Arranging
to buy or lease a BMW is easier than
you may think. Your authorized BMW
center offers leasing and financing
to suit your personal needs through
BMW Financial Services. Start the
process at our website, where you
can build your “dream vehicle,” get
an estimate on a monthly lease or
financing payment, submit a credit
application to BMW Financial Services
– and get approval – all online! To find
out how BMW Financial Services can
help put you behind the wheel of
your favorite BMW model, log on to
bmwusa.com/fs or call, toll-free,
---.
BMW Magazine. A fascinating view
of the latest events and products in the
world of BMW, including travel reviews,
personality profiles, and the latest
BMW technologies. Sent to new
owners and lessees several times a
year, you can also read articles from
BMW Magazine on the BMW website at bmwusa.com under the
“Media Gallery & Library” heading,
found in the “Experience” section.
BMW Welt: The BMW Welt (“BMW
World”) delivery and brand-experience
center in Munich is bold proof of
BMW’s passion for design. When you
take advantage of the BMW European
Delivery Program, this is where you
will meet your new BMW – in a personalized process that is highly dramatic
and totally unforgettable. (You might
also realize substantial savings that
just may pay for your trip.) While you’re
there, marvel at the historic BMWs
in the Museum; learn about our engineers’ newest innovations in the
Technology and Design Atelier; and
take a tour of the plant to experience
firsthand the state-of-the-art methods
used to create a BMW. Then comes
the unique experience of driving your
new BMW on the roads it was designed
for. To learn more, visit bmwusa.com/
europeandelivery.

See your authorized BMW center for details on these limited warranties.
BMW Maintenance Program covers factory-recommended maintenance services as determined by the Service Interval Indicator for all new eligible MY  and later BMW vehicles. Specific
additional items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear are also covered. The maintenance coverage period is for the first  years or , miles, whichever comes first. Exclusions
from coverage include: gasoline, gasoline additives, windshield washer fluid and additives, battery, tires, wheels, wheel alignment and tire balancing. All work must be performed by an authorized
BMW center. See the Service and Warranty Information booklet for specific terms, conditions and limitations. Further information can also be obtained from your authorized BMW center.
 BMW Assist with  years of Safety Plan services is optional or included in the Premium Package. In order to receive BMW Assist services, a subscriber agreement must be completed and transferred to the BMW Assist Response Center. GPS and underlying wireless services must be available and functioning; vehicle ignition must be turned on (except for Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle
Recovery), battery charged and connected and vehicle’s electrical system operational; services may be limited to certain geographic areas. Call toll-free ---, go to bmwassist.com,
or visit your BMW center for additional program details. Services are subject to the terms and conditions of your subscriber agreement.
 Not all mobile phones are compatible with Mobile Office, and some compatible phones support a limited number of Mobile Office functions. For the complete list of compatible mobile phones and
the details regarding which Mobile Office functions are supported by each phone, please visit bmwusa.com/bluetooth.
 Requires BMW Assist Safety Plan subscription. Services are subject to the terms and conditions of your subscriber agreement. Please go to bmwassist.com for additional details on the optional
Convenience Plan.
 Subject to credit approval and other terms and conditions.
 Not all models available for BMW European Delivery Program. Please go to bmwusa.com or visit your authorized BMW center for details.
 The
BMW Performance Driving School.
Whether you’ve been driving for decades or just got your learner’s
permit, we can help take your driving skills to the next level. Behind the
wheel of our new BMWs and under the expert guidance of professional
driving instructors, you’ll hone your driving skills on a versatile driving
course – . miles of asphalt that can be configured in a multitude of
ways. In One- and Two-Day Schools you can tackle the skid pad, slalom
course and water walls. The BMW Performance Driving School is about
control and pushing a BMW to its limits – and yours.
BMW Performance Center Delivery.
You’ll always remember the fun of taking delivery of your new BMW –
with BMW Performance Center Delivery. After enjoying dinner and an
overnight stay at a first-class hotel, we’ll take you and your companion
to the Performance Center where a Product Specialist will give you an
in-depth introduction to your new BMW. Then at the Performance
Driving School, you’ll get tips from a professional driving instructor as
you explore the dynamic capabilities of a similar model. It’s exciting, it’s
enlightening – and it’s all compliments of BMW with your new vehicle.
To learn more about the BMW Performance Center, call --- or visit bmwusa.com/performancecenter.
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BMW and the environment.
BMW is a strong proponent of the environment and social responsibility. We launched BMW Effi cientDynamics
back in 2000 – the philosophy of providing greater power with increased effi ciency and fewer emissions. This
has resulted in signifi cant benefi ts today – for our customers, the climate and the environment.
That year, ecological sustainability was also declared one of BMW’s core strategic principles; it is now fi rmly anchored
in our entire production chain. It starts with the development of fuel-saving and alternative vehicle concepts,
continues with environmentally friendly production processes, and ends with innovative recycling methods.
This effort has been recognized worldwide; in 1999, BMW AG – the parent company of BMW of North America
and BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, SC – was the fi rst automotive company to be represented on the
Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index. It has remained on the Index ever since; moreover, since 2005, BMW
has been voted the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer. At BMW, we strive for and achieve
high performance in all we do.
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