Richard Berry road tests and reviews the new BMW M3 Competition with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The BMW M3 Sedan is that gunslinger who rides into town and makes hoons and their hotted up rides run for cover. The M3 commands respect from the performance car community not because it’s fast, or agile, or good looking, or comfortable, or practical, but because it is all these things. This is an all-rounder that has become an icon. Messing with the M3 recipe would invite the wrath of an army of fans the likes of which haven’t been seen since Arnott’s dared change the taste of Barbecue Shapes.

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Enter the BMW M3 Competition – it has more power than a regular M3, the suspension and exhaust has been changed, there’s different styling and it costs more. So has BMW done a Barbeque Shapes? Or just made a good thing better?

And one last thing. Not everybody disappears behind closed doors when the M3 rides into town. Walking out into the street to confront it is the brash Mercedes-AMG C63 S. There’s also scalpel-sharp Audi RS4, and that wild Italian newcomer the Alfa Romeo Giulia Qaudrifoglio. Does the Competition guise give the M3 an edge over these bad hombres?

Is there anything interesting about its design?

 

How practical is the space inside?

 

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?

 

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?

 

How much fuel does it consume?

 

What's it like to drive?

 

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?

 

What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered?