• Jan 21, 2010
BMW M3 GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

As far as we can tell, there's little if anything wrong the E92 M3. However, according to a post on Bimmerfile, that small point will not be stopping BMW from offering a Competition Package on 2011 models. What goes into a Competition Pack? We're not certain, and Bimmerfile can only speculate (bigger wheels, brakes, maybe). Knowing that much, we'll join 'em. But first, a little history.

Way back in 2005, BMW began a Competition Package for the E46 M3. Included were upgraded wheels, larger brakes, stickier tires,a firmer suspension and a revised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system identical to the one on the hardcore M3 CSL. In addition, the E46 M3 Comp Pack also came with a quicker steering ratio. Inside, a bit of fussing took place in the form of Alcantara steering wheel and hand brake coverings and the steering wheel saw a few buttons (multi-function controls and cruise) deleted in favor of a DSC M button.

Will the E92 Competition Package feature similar upgrades? Hard to say, but we'll guess yes. For their part, Bimmerfile is speculating that larger wheels and brakes will be part of the package (at least), along with an upgraded interior. The E46 Comp Pack added about $4,000 to the price of the M3. You can be certain that this number will increase when the new package drops. Is there any chance that the Competition Pack will offer a few of the goodies found on the hardcore M3 GTS (pictured above)? Once again, maybe. Improved wheels, brakes and tires being the safest bet.

One curious note: there's a 7MA option pack attached to the Competition Package code (ZCP) that might simply mean a manual transmission option, or (according to Bimmerfile) could be an upgraded exhaust system good for a few ponies more. We'll keep you posted, though we should get some clarification right around Geneva.



[Source: Bimmerfile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have always enjoyed my M3 but to have a new Mustang with the 400hp v8 maybe give it a good run for the money BMW needs to pickup its game some more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll admit that the new Mustang V8 is pretty exciting and all, but I don't see why you would say that bmw needs to pick up its game. I'm glad that the new Mustang puts a (hopefully) great engine into an afforrdable pricing range, but the M3 will probably still handle better and obviously be much nicer and comfortable on the inside. The Mustang is still going to have that dreaded LRA so no competition. Don't get me wrong, the Mustang handles really well especially for its suspension limitations, but the M3 handles really well even in the realm of cars with IRS, so I don't see any possible way of the Mustang outhandling the M3. Of course these are two totally different cars we are comparing and in completely different price ranges.

        The 3 series has basically won every comparo thrown at it, and for good reason. It's still the segment leader as far as I can tell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they take off that piece of crap V8 and put in the Straight-6 like it should be?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because if they did that you'd be complaining that it needed a V8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can think of a few reasons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you experienced that engine? It's as far from being a piece of crap as possible. It's glorious.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me see if I have this all figured out...

      -You buy a 3-series if you're a pompous ass and want a BMW but you can't afford a 5-series and most people won't notice if it's an M3 or not.
      -You buy an M3 because you don't want "a 3-series" but you still can't afford a 5-series?
      -You buy an M3 Competition Pack because you can afford a 5-series, but not an M5 and you think M-anything is cooler than not.
      -You buy an M3 GTS because it's the best 3-series car and you still can't afford an M5?
      -You buy a 5-series because you want a nice BMW and you can afford it.
      -You buy an M5 because you want a nice, fast BMW and you can afford it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I made my first comment a bit tongue-in-cheek, sort of as a reflection on the various BMW models and how it's unclear which model a non-BMW owner should aspire to own...completely ignoring the 6- and 7-series models. I'm certainly not aware of the prices of each model, though I think most of you will agree that the 3-series has long been distinguished from other BMWs for a reason (the torch likely has been passed to the 1-series by now in some places).

        I think some of you will find these comparison figures interesting, they are between the 328 sedan and the 528 sedan. (3-series first, followed by 5-series)

        Weight: 3362 pounds vs. 3505 pounds
        Engine: Same
        Drag coefficient: Same
        Top speed: 130 (limited) vs. 150
        Fuel efficiency (manual): Same
        Track: 59.1 inches vs. 61.3 inches
        Total length: 178.2 inches vs. 191.1 inches
        Wheelbase: 106.7 inches vs. 113.7 inches
        Interior width (front): 55.4 inches vs. 57.3 inches
        Interior width (rear): 55.1 inches vs. 57.2 inches
        Price (base): $33,150 vs. $45,950
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget:

        You buy a Honda Civic if you want a car that looks like a 3 series, but you choose to spend the $20k difference on groceries/tuition/furniture/beer/rent/beer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 5er is more of a family sedan, not something most 3 series buyers are aspiring to buy and can't because they dont have the money...
        • 5 Years Ago
        J,

        You don't have this all figured out.

        I won't bother with the rest of it because it's just too exhausting responding to comments like yours, but I think it's safe to say that no one will be buying an M3 GTS because they can't afford an M5. Unless you've got a coupon you'd care to share with us...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 6 series is not that handsome in my opinion. Plus I'm sure that there are people who can afford a 5 or 6 series yet they chose the 3 series because they want to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rev, my morning and afternoon have both gone plenty well, thank you.

        I guess my objection is with BMW/fanatics desire to have it both ways. A couple of years ago, the M5 was the one, the only, car to have. It was the supposed 'Corvette-killer'.

        Now...the M5 is still around, but they've seemingly transplanted it's "sportiness" into the 3-series -- the 3-series which, in past times, wasn't really considered by many to be a 'true BMW'.

        I'm confused. What's the goal here? As far as coupes go, how could a car two tiers lower be marketed as more sporting and more desirable than the very handsome 6-series coupe. As far as sedans go, I can't figure out which one is truly supposed to be more desirable -- 3-, 5-, or 7-series. Perhaps this critique is more of the BMW marketers, but there certainly are BMW fanatics who eat it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So did your daddy just buy you an E39 5-series with some ///M badges?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont have enough time to pick apart your comment and say everything that is wrong but here are the bits that stood out

        cost 5 series < cost m3. some people dont want a mid-size sedan, and would be better suited by a m3 sedan/coupe. the GTS is WAY more then an m5. Again, people who are shopping for an m3 competition package wont be cross shopping with a 5 series.

        so much more wrong, but ill let others point it out
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmmm I bought a 335i, not because I couldn't afford a 5 series but because I didn't want one. It was too big for my needs. I didn't buy an M3 because when I purchased my car in 2007, it wasn't available yet.

        The 2011 M3 Competition Package looks pretty appealing to me and I will probably upgrade, NOT because I can't afford a 5 series, but again, because I don't need one. I have no use for the extra space, no kids to transport, etc.

        And FYI, the M3 GTS is the best 3 series car but you can't afford an M5? I'm pretty sure the M3 GTS is WAY more expensive than an M5, so get your facts straight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        J, I hope your day is turning out better than it started off.

        If money wasn't an object, I wouldn't look at any 5 series because they're too big. If I'm buying a sexy/sporty M, why would I want the big, heavy one??? I don't have a family and I don't want a big sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just want to thank you guys for not using the forward slash when refering to any BMW M series cars. Unlike certain BMW blog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds nice.

      ...and this story reminds me to check my lottery ticket numbers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do the 3 series BMW's look like Honda Civic's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, ... just, ... dude.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aside from having 2 doors, it's just you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes please
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a proper, track-worthy set of brakes? That is the E9x M3's most glaring deficiency.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ J.
      Power. Torque, likely.
      Displacement makes torque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know you have to have a picture with the post, but an M3 GTS this package will not make. Sounds like a great idea on BMW's part, though. For $4k that was a great price on the E46 for what you got. If the cost doubles or something, though, I'm not so sure... but, still, maybe.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        The basic M3 is hella expensive already (that's without maintenance)....but the price of this Competition package is gonna be something to behold...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Expensive? Actually, considering its level of performance is on par with most other sports cars in the 100k range, I think it's a bit of a bargain.

        While the quicker steering ratio alone would be worth whatever they charge for this package (the only thing I don't like about the way the M3 drives); I fantasize about it including some weight savings in the form of deleting all the stupid adaptive suspension crap and whatever other non-sense luxuries you can pull out of it.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice !

      I loved the MS CSL....My fav BMW of all time.

      http://www.bmwroad.com/bmw_images/bmw_m3_csl.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      The E46 Competition Package (aka ZCP) came with the same 19" tires as non-zcp M3's with the 19" wheel option; Michelin Pilot Sports or Continental ContiSportContacts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I had a Club Sport (UK-spec since I lived in Europe at the time) that came with the Michelins in the same sizes as a standard M3 with the optional 19s.

        The difference was that it came with the BBS "mesh -style" wheels which were actually spun cast, no idea why they made a big deal of them being forged when they were actually shear formed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOVE IT!

        This looks hot as hell, awesome color, awesome wheels.
        I like how BMW keeps the wheel well openings as small as possible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dave0marry: yeah, that spoiler is a huge eyesore that screams "ricer". Not on this machine, please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... but ,please - no wingy thingy!
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