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Jay Leno tests out the 2011 BMW M3 – Click above to watch the video after the break

Jay Leno has a new car in his garage today. Yes, we know... shocking, right? But, unlike many of the funny man's cars, this one is brand new and it comes from the other side of the Atlantic. We'll end the suspense – it's a bright red 2011 BMW M3. As always, the late-night comedian takes a good look at the M3 in his garage before taking it for a spin, but then something a bit different happens.

The keys to the 2011 BMW M3 are handed to race car driver Justin Bell, and he takes it and meets up with BMW Motorsport Manager Martin Birkmann and driver Bill Auberlen to compare the road-going M3 with the machines the German automaker campaigns in the American LeMans Series. We're not exactly convinced, but the crew does its best to explain why the racers and the road cars aren't as different as you might think.

Finally, Jay gets his turn behind the wheel, and... he likes its turn signals – better even than those of a Chrysler Sebring. Of course, that's not all he has to say about the M3, so why not just go ahead and click past the break to watch the video for yourself.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      He talks like people don't know what a BMW m3 is.

      All you have to say is "m3" and we understand everything that review said. The fact he goes "M is like saying S or AMG" yeah we understand, the BMW M badge has twice the brand recognition of Audi or Mercedes tuning arms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He said what I was thinking. When I had my E36 M3, I wanted to modify it but there was no reason to at all. And also I did not want to upset what was the perfect balance of the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Except for the fact that its not a 2011 M3. 2011's have LED tail lights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like Jay's opinion on the manual transmission.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cross shopped the M3 coupe with a GT-R back in late 2008 - bought the GT-R. The M3, which at the time was the same sticker price, was completely out classed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure sounded like a BMW ad. Wonder if he got paid?
        • 4 Years Ago
        All he ever does is commercials

        They are interesting spec sheet pieces with a bit of his past experience thrown in for good measure.

        He drove the 5L mustang a few weeks back, how about mentioning how it compares to the m3? Everyone is saying its m3 performance at half the price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He failed to mention the 8400 redline which I feel is one of the most significant features of the engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wonder what he'll get next.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I mishearing, or does Jay Leno say the M3 has 444 hp, which is incorrect?
      I also thought it was funny when Jay Leno says the hood vents are functional air intakes, while only one actually is. "Nothing on a BMW is just for show" he says right after that... right as the camera pans over to the fender "vents" which are purely for show and are just solid pieces of plastic with no vents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like most of what Jay says is just filler. Still, he does know his cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanna see him test the ISF and C63....interesting on what his thought about the F would be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must be his daily driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He said "If this were my car...", suggesting that he doesn't actually own it.

        Anyway, nice to see BMW gave him the 18" wheel and carbon-fibre roof version to test, instead of the more common but less hardcore 19" wheel and sunroof model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The guy has 150 cars. There's no such thing as a DD to him.
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