2016 BMW M3 Specs

Let’s take a look at the zippy, luxurious BMW M3 and its various capabilities. This car is sure to impress with both looks and ability!
Written by Liz Jenson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
A luxury car that can pack a punch, the
is a favorite of drivers who enjoy a high-class driving experience.
But just how well does the M3 fit into your expectations? To give you a clear image of this vehicle, its capabilities, its size, and more, let’s take a look at some vehicle specs. We’ll explore everything about this car so you’ll know if it’s right for you, or if you should look elsewhere.

2016 BMW M3 specs

The 2016 BMW M3 is a luxury compact car with a powerful, 425 horsepower engine and lots of space in the front two seats in particular. But what exactly makes this vehicle so well-liked in the BMW community? The answer is in the specs.
Interested in learning more about the 2016 M3 in particular? Let’s take a look at what you can expect from this vehicle.


EPA classification
Compact car
Vehicle type
Five-passenger, four-door sedan
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Engine type
Twin turbo premium unleaded I-6
Displacement (liters/cubic in.)
3.0 L/182
425 @ 5500
406 @ 1850


Seven-speed automatic/six-speed manual
First gear ratio (:1)
Second gear ratio (:1)
Third gear ratio (:1)
Fourth gear ratio (:1)
Fifth gear ratio (:1)
Sixth gear ratio (:1)

Fuel economy

EPA fuel economy, combined
20 MPG
EPA fuel economy, city
17 MPG
EPA fuel economy, highway
26 MPG
Range, city (mi.)
270.30 mi
Range, highway (mi.)
413.40 mi
Fuel tank capacity (gal)
15.9 gal

Wheels and brakes

Front wheel size (in.)
18 x 9 in
Front wheel material
Forged Aluminum
Front tire size
Rear wheel size (in.)
18 x 10 in
Rear wheel material
Forged Aluminum
Rear tire size
Brake type
4-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Front brake rotor diameter x thickness (in.)
15 in
Rear brake rotor diameter x thickness (in.)
14.6 in
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Wheelbase (in.)
110.7 in
Length (in.)
184.5 in
Width without mirrors (in.)
73.9 in 
Height (in.)
56.1 in
Ground clearance (in.)
Total passenger volume (cubic feet)
Front head room (in.)
40.3 in
Front legroom (in.)
42 in
Front shoulder room (in.)
55.1 in
Front hip room (in.)
Second row head room (in.)
37.7 in
Second row legroom (in.)
35.1 in
Second row shoulder room (in.)
55.1 in
Second row hip room (in.)
Trunk space (cubic feet)
12 ft³


Steering type
Turning diameter, curb to curb (feet)
40 ft


Front suspension type
Rear suspension type

Weight information

Base curb weight (lbs)
3540 lbs
Maximum payload capacity (lbs)
Curb weight


Trim levels
Body types
Sedan, coupe
Rear Wheel Drive
Executive Package, Competition Package, Lighting Package
Exterior colors
Interior colors

How to interpret car specs

If you’re not sure how to read these tables above, you’re definitely not alone. Here’s a quick guide to car spec language to help you understand what all of these tables actually mean for you and your potential new BMW: 
  • Base curb weight: This is a measurement of the vehicle’s weight with a full tank of gas and standard equipment only.
  • Dimensions: Measurements of the interior made by manufacturers. These can be compared to the measurements of a vehicle you know well to give you a better grasp of the size of the M3’s interior.
  • Drivetrain: This tells you which wheels get power from the engine. Front-wheel drive is the most standard configuration, but four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive drivetrains will perform better in slippery conditions. 
  • Engine displacement
    : This represents the volume taken up by your engine’s cylinders and can help you understand the size of your engine.
  • Ground clearance: this tells you how far above the ground the lowest part of your BMW will sit. This number becomes important for off-road drivers and people who live in snowy areas.
  • Horsepower: This represents the power and capability of your engine. One horsepower refers to the power needed to raise 550 pounds by one foot in a single second, but you can also compare the number to the horsepower of a car you know well for a general idea.
  • Torque: If horsepower is raw power,
    torque is the rotational counterpart
    . This number represents your car’s ability to spin its wheels.
  • Turning diameter: This represents the smallest possible U-turn that your vehicle can make.
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