Originally Posted by UltimateBMW
Just some bits of info that have been discussed at length in the M3 forums to help ease all your collective minds as you scream 80k wtf.
Many price comparisons have been done for the current M5 (e60) to the last generation M5 (e39). As well as the price difference between the current and last gen top of the line 5 series to the M5. There was found to be an overall compounded 30% mark up from the top 5 series to the M5. Following this logic it was found that the new M3 would end up around mid $50k's.
Great points. That being said, after options and CA taxes, mid $55-56k base price should bring the total price out the door to $65-69k.
If the dealer decides to mark-up, which will be unlikely if they plan on moving many units, the price will be in the low $70s.
Thus, editors and people alike throw numbers like 'almost $80k' around.