Following the M3’s new facelift earlier this year, BMW is once again bringing something fresh to the table. In its newest offering, a cheaper version of the high performance sedan will be built exclusively for Australia. Apart from being the most affordable trim, the new BMW M3 Pure will come with the standard M Competition kit.
In Australia, the new entry level M3 can be bought for as low as 129,900 AUD. That makes it cheaper by 10,000 AUD than the regular M3. Customers can also save as much as 15,000 AUD as compared to the current M3 Competition’s MSRP. The M4 Coupe, on the other hand, comes at a starting price of 139,900 AUD.
BMW’s latest offer will surely attract more buyers since it is loaded with all the goodness of an M model at a lower price. The M3 Pure, though merely considered as a base model, still benefits from BMW’s wide range of standard equipment. This includes the M Competition tuning kit that helps increase the 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine’s output by as much as 19hp (14kW), all for a total of 444hp (331kW).
Customers can either go for the standard dual clutch, 7-speed AT or the 6-speed manual at no extra cost. The standard gearbox can allow it to run from a zero to 62 miles per hour (0-100kph) in only 4 seconds, while the manual transmission will add two tenths of a second to the normal acceleration.
The Australian-only M3 Pure also gets a retuned adaptive M suspension with 15% higher spring rates for superior handling. This way, the Pure model trims are virtually similar to the higher priced Competition Package in terms of mechanical specs.
Exterior wise, BMW offers the new M3 with a standard set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/35 R19 (front) and 275/35 R19 (rear) tires. It also comes with optionally available 20-inch alloys for customers willing to pay the additional price.
Inside, the M3 features carbon fiber trim with a cloth and leather combination for the upholstery. This goes with BMW’s standard satellite navigation, alarm and nine-speaker sound system. To make it more affordable, BMW did not include some of the M3/M4’s standard luxury features. These are the full leather trim, premium audio system and adaptive headlights in LED. The keyless entry and head-up display meanwhile are part of the standard package.
The new BMW M3 Pure bound for Australia will be hitting showrooms this July. Other than the entry level M3, BMW will be offering two more higher priced versions of the Pure Edition models.