Originally Posted by e36jakeo
I am surprised there is not more noise about the PORKY weight of the M3. After all the early discussion we had about it weighing in at less than 3500 (we were led to believe this by the BMW press info) it is appalling they let it tilt the scales at 3650 lbs (according to this C & D article)!!
The weight is definitely discouraging. And C&D's figure jibes with the official weight given at bmw.com (1655kg = 3650 lbs.). For comparison, the 335i is listed at 1600kg = 3530 lbs on bmw.com, and that is consistent with the figure given at bmwusa.com.
Having said that, this thread is worth a read:
That could explain BMW's press info. Regardless though, using the same standards as past M3's the car is definitely heavier.
OK, it won't have a back seat, but how many M3 owners really use their's?
I use mine routinely, but I hear what you are saying. On the other hand, if someone really doesn't need a backseat then why even consider cars that have them? There are purer sports cars on the market, such as the Cayman you mention, or even a Vette.