BMW M3

BMW M3

  • Overview

    The BMW M3 is the extremely stylish high performance version of the popular 3-Series range. The car debuted in 1986 and a version of the M3 has been in production ever since. Consistently at the head of the game technology wise, many of the innovations featured for the first time in the BMW M3 are now driving dynamics and comfort in regular production cars. The latest M3 has yet again set the motoring world alight, again its combination of flair and innovation keeping BMW in pole position. The M3 is offered in coupe, convertible and sedan models.

    Pros One of the best production touring race cars ever made and certainly the most sought after. The ultimate car for those who wish to make a tasteful statement with their sports car.

    Cons They dont come cheap. Also, beware older M3s that may have been modified by amateurs. These cars must be avoided. They may be unreliable and will certainly depreciate quicker than versions with approved service history.

  • BMW M3 Key Dates

    • 1986 - BMW M3 launched based on the 1986 E30 3-series body, becoming the most successful touring car racer ever.
    • 1992 - The second-generation BMW M3 premieres a six-cylinder power unit and VANOS variable camshaft spread.
    • 1997 - Sequential M Gearbox introduced on the BMW M3 as seen only previously in motorsport.
    • 2000 Higher performance third generation model launched.
    • 2001 The fastest and most expensive of all BMW M3s built so far - the BMW M3 GTR.
  • 2007 Latest M3 debuts with V8 engine.

    First Generation BMM3

    The original M3 was based on the 1986 E30 3-series body and in standard trim boasted a top speed of 230 km/h/143 mph wit a catalytic converter and an even more impressive 235 km/h or 146 mph without a catalyst both figures previously only to be found with the fastest high end sports cars. The body of the car, including wide wheel arches, was made out of traditional metal plate. The front and rear bumpers, the side-sills, the luggage compartment lid and spoilers were all made in plastic. The M3 has subsequently evolved into a much more unique looking vehicle over the years.

    Second Generation BMM3

    The second generation of the BMW M3 entered the market in 1992 as a brand-new and completely different car. The new model was based on the highly successful E36 model series coupe, differing from outside only through a number of special refinements such as the side sills completely painted all round and newly designed front spoiler.

    Third Generation BMM3

    The third generation of the BMW M3, this time based on the E46 model series coupe, launched in 2000, again following in the footsteps of the first generation, albeit without spoilers and striking, extra-wide wheel arches. A new front air dam with its integrated fog lamps was a nice touch.
    Its elliptical design, large air intakes, made it quite distinctive in the 3 Series range.

    Fourth Generation BMM3

    The main thing about the 2007/2008 BMW M3 is that its equipped with 420-horsepower V8 engine, the first time the M3 has been available with a V8. The cars brand-new eight-cylinder power unit in V-arrangement combines outstanding power and performance. Displacing 3,999 cc, the new V8 develops maximum output of 309 kW/420 hp. Maximum torque, in turn, is 400 Newton-metres or 295 lb-ft at an engine speed of 3,900 rpm.

    The 4.0-liter light-alloy design is linked to BMW Formula 1 race team engines, and is about 30 pounds lighter than the I6 engine it replaces. The new BMW M3 is based on the BMW 3 Series Coupe, but is nevertheless quite unique in its looks and technical features. The engine is an exclusive development and the chassis, suspension and body are all based on motorsport standards

    Fourth Generation BMM3 - Key Specification and Features

    • Accelerates 0-100 km/h in 4.8 secs.
    • Top speed limited electronically - 250 km/h or 155 mph.
    • Eight-cylinder power unit.
    • Maximum engine speed of 8,400.
    • Six-speed manual gearbox
    • Variable M Limited-Slip Differential.
    • Weighs 33 lbs. less than the prior M3 six-cylinder
    • 420 hp/295 lb-ft at 3900 rpm, 8400 rpm max engine speed
    • New aluminum suspension
    • Carbon fiber reinforced roof
    • Regenerative braking used to power the on-board network
    • MDrive retrieve drivers configuration of the engine control map
    • Air intake gills in the front side panels
  • BMW M3 Models

    • BMW M3 (E30)
    • BMW M3 (144 kW/195 hp)
    • BMW M3 (159 kW215 hp)
    • BMW M3 Evolution (147 kW/200 hp)
    • BMW M3 Evolution II (162 kW/220 hp)
    • BMW M3 Convertible (159 kW/215 hp)
    • BMW M3 Sports Evolution (175 kW/238 hp)
    • BMW M3 (E36)
    • BMW M3 (210 kW/286 hp)
    • BMW M3 (236 kW/321 hp)
    • BMW M3 Convertible (236 kW/321 hp)
    • BMW M3 Saloon (236 kW/321 hp)
    • BMW M3 GT Coupe (217 kW/295 hp)
    • BMW M3 (E46)
    • BMW M3 (252 kW/343 hp)
    • BMW M3 Convertible (252 kW/343 hp)
    • BMW M3 GTR (258 kW/350 hp)
    • BMW M3 CSL (265 kW/360 hp)

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