BMWs aren’t for the everyday driver, they are a drivers car or at least that is what their heritage has been built on for decades. Some would say that the company took a step in the “Ultimate Driving Machine” category when they introduced the iDrive system. Most of that had to do with the fact that a lot of consumers found the iDrive system complicated. The iDrive technology spilled over to the BMW M3 and for some drivers caused a dilemma; the rub was that in 2010 you could only get the M Drive (adjustable chassis settings) with a specific package that included the iDrive automatic. That all said, we have good news for enthusiasts looking to purchase a 2011 BMW M3—less good news for those who just bought their 2010 BMW M3.
According to Car and Driver, the 2011 BMW M3 will now come standard with the M Drive option. Of course, this includes the fun little buttons next to the shifter that control the throttle response, electronic damper control (EDC) and dynamic skid control (DSC). It will also give the drive the ability to press the “M Drive” button on the steering wheel to engage a predefined and customizable drive settings for the M3. Even better, you can now get the M Drive by opting in to the $1000 option as opposed to the $3250 dollar option from 2010 that forced you into an M3 with the iDrive automatic.
2011 BMW Frozen Gray M3 Coupe special edition
Bottom line—it may be a personal thing, but I think the “Ultimate Driving Machine” is making a return with the availability of the dynamic suspension and a manual transmission. Part of the fun of driving was knowing how to move through the gears…some day there may be a generation who doesn’t know how to do it or the pleasure it brings.
[Source: Car and Driver]