BMW M3 gets Auto Start-Stop
BMW has introduced a Competition Package for its class-leading BMW M3 Coupé to enhance the model’s exceptional driving dynamics. At the same time Auto Start-Stop technology becomes a standard feature on all versions of the M3, making it the world’s first high performance car with Auto Start-Stop.
The new Competition Package comprises a revised Electronic Damper Control with a new Sport setting which, when coupled with the 10mm lower suspension, improves the standard car’s already dynamic handling. A Dynamic Stability Control Plus system with subtly less electronic intervention than before allows for a more enthusiastic driving style. Exclusively designed 19-inch light alloy wheels, inspired by the popular E46 M3 CSL, complete the package.
The Competition Package is priced at GBP 3,315 in addition to the standard BMW M3 Coupé’s GBP52,730 OTR price. The package will go on sale March 20 in the UK.
Auto Start-Stop technology
BMW’s M3 is also getting Auto Start-Stop technology as a standard feature .The Coupé, Convertible and Saloon already feature Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand use of ancillary systems to enhance all round efficiency. The introduction of Auto Start-Stop, on both manual and M DCT transmission-equipped cars, represents the first time a BMW model with more than four-cylinders and a transmission other than a six-speed manual has featured the technology. No other high performance car currently comes with this capability.
BMW says the the addition of Auto Start-Stop for all M3 models results in significant reductions in CO2 emissions and an improvement in fuel consumption from the EU5 compliant powerplant.