There’s nothing visually spectacular about this drag strip video featuring the 2015 BMW M3. There is no giant wreck, the engine doesn’t blow up and burst into flames—the pre-launch burnout isn’t even very impressive. But the speed and ET, on the other hand…very interesting.
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With “just” 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the 2015 BMW M3 isn’t really a superpowered sport sedan. Those are solid figures, to be sure, but with the M3, it’s more about how that power is delivered than the absolute peak number. In the case of this stock M3 on normal street tires, that power is delivered amazingly well as this video via Bimmerpost member MGWally shows, enabling an 11.66-second run down the quarter mile at 119.24 mph.
For reference, a stock Mustang Boss 302 ran a similar time a couple of years ago—but it was on drag radials. The Camaro ZL1 runs in the 11s regularly, too, but it’s a 580-horsepower beast. The first customer-owned Chevy Corvette ran a stock quarter mile time of 12.23 seconds at 114.88 mph—significantly off the M3’s pace, though admittedly under completely different conditions at a different track.
The bottom line, however, is that the M3’s turbocharged in-line six-cylinder and inherent power-applying properties are greater than the sum of their parts when the pedal hits the metal.