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2013 BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition

Sic Transit Gloria I like difficult cars. I like turbo "moments," dramatic weight distribution, low-grip, peaky power delivery, and overly quick steering, along with ultra-short wheelbases and any number of other non-racecar-perfect dynamic foibles. I love the newest generation of BMW cars and engines – all turbo'd up with tons of torque and power everywhere in the rev range, too. But what I think the enthusiast community will miss when this 2013 M3 Coupe becomes the 2014 M4 Coupe – replacing its idiosyncratic, small-displacement, revvy V8 for something like a triple-turbo,... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
4.0L V8
Power:
414 HP / 295 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
Base Price:
$70,100
As-Tested Price:
$82,295
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