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.
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