Winner of Best Performance Car
The BMW 3 series is loved for the bit of practicality that you can have alongside the appeal of the BMW brand. But some people, want a bit of performance to go with the practicality. The ludicrously fast BMW M3 is now updated with all-wheel-drive technology.
The M3 delivers supercar performance and specs inside the body of a practical saloon car. The 3.0litre twin-turbocharged engine delivers 510hp and will get you to 100km/h from a standstill in 3.5 seconds.
With 5 seats, four doors and a 480-litre boot, the M3 can still do the school run if needed. Granted, the suspension has been significantly stiffened for performance, but it will still get you around with a lot more ease than any supercar.
The M3 faced some stiff competition in the AA Ireland Car Awards, but as juror Philip Hederman put it, the BMW M3 is ‘top-notch across all areas and simply unbeaten in many. Outstanding design, superb handling, precise steering, savage power from the phenomenal 3.0 litre straight 6 engine and now available as an Estate.’