The price of the BMW M3 starts at an MSRP of $69,900 for the base model before a $995 destination charge and other fees and taxes, while the M3 Competition starts with a base price of $72,800, but this increases to $76,900 with the xDrive AWD system specced. The RS5 Sportback, on the other hand, starts at $75,400. Add every possible physical option to the Competition variant, and the BMW M3 will cost around $110,000 in the USA.
Available for all BMW M3 models is the Driving Assistance Professional package that adds a camera/radar system to provide various driver-assistance features, such as emergency stop, lane-control assist, and traffic-jam assist for 1,700 bucks. Also offered is the Executive package with gesture control, a head-up display, a power tailgate, and a heated steering wheel. This package costs $1,550 on the manual base model and $1,800 on the M3 Comp, as this model also gets remote start with the package. The M Carbon Exterior package with various carbon accents is $4,700 and looks fantastic. Standalone highlights include the M carbon bucket seats at $3,800 a set and M carbon-ceramic brakes for $8,150. The M Driver's package is one we highly recommend, giving you an advanced driving course and the full 180 mph of speed potential for $2,500.
Obviously, the Competition model is the most attractive to those obsessed with bragging rights, but the 473 horses provided by the base M3 are still plenty. More importantly, this model comes as the purest expression of a G80 M3, sending its power to the rear axle via a proper manual gearbox. We'd add the M Drive Professional system for $900, giving you the drift analyzer and a lap timer. We'd also add the M Driver's package, and unless you're a little portly, the M carbon bucket seats. The Executive package is also worth adding for a better mix of performance and practicality. Assuming you stick with the standard color and trim options, this build will cost you $76,100.