motorguru.com - 2008 BMW M3 Sedan at the Racetrack
Check out champion racecar driver Justin Bell lapping Laguna Seca in the new M3.
(See the full length video car review of the 2008 M3 Coupe at http://www.motorguru.com/video.html?v=33 )
During an extended stint behind the wheel of the new BMW M3 Coupe in Monterey, California, motorguru.com jumped at the opportunity to take to the track in the more 'mature' M3 - the four-door sedan version. Where better than a racetrack to experience the true capabilities of the M3. The weight distribution and performance of the sedan is nearly identical to the coupe, so the word 'compromise' was far from our minds. With the introduction of the sedan, BMW has opened up the M3 to a whole additional set of buyers who can now be responsible and naughty at the same time. Wow, what a car. Now you can take your friends along comfortably for the (thrill) ride in an M3.
BMW M3 Sedan 2015
What's New for 2015
The BMW M3 returns for 2015. Based off the latest 3 Series, it will offer a
turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an
aluminum-intensive body and chassis.
It's back. Or rather, it's on the way for 2015. The BMW M3 returns after a
brief hiatus, as is its custom when a new generation of BMW 3 Series has
been introduced. Rumors about BMW's most beloved high-performer abound, but
the automaker's North American boss recently clarified one of the chief
mysteries: The V8 is gone.
Instead, the M3 will get BMW's classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, this
one a twin-turbocharged mill generating
426 horsepower and
406 pound-feet of torque. The introduction of turbocharging marks a significant departure for a
nameplate with a long tradition of high-revving, naturally aspirated
engines. The new engine will still rev high -- up to 7,600 rpm, BMW says --
although peak power arrives around 5,000 rpm and peak torque around 2,000
rpm. The new turbo-6 is also 22 pounds
lighter than the V8 it replaces.
Two transmissions are available: a new six-speed manual fortified with a
twin-plate clutch, stronger gears and rev-matching, or a seven-speed
dual-clutch automated manual. BMW says the new powertrain, along with a
lighter curb weight, will deliver zero to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds. The M3
even offers a "Smokey Burnout" function -- we're serious -- that BMW says
"allows the driver to indulge in a degree of rear wheelspin while the car
is moving at low speeds."
The 2015 BMW M3 will be larger, yet lighter than its predecessor. For
reference, the new 3 Series sedan is 3.7 inches longer than the previous
model, but it weighs less -- around 175 pounds leaner than its predecessor
-- thanks to aluminum suspension and chassis components, a new carbon-fiber
roof and increased use of high-strength steel throughout the body.
The M3 also gets electric-assist steering similar to that fitted on the new
3 Series (although with high-performance tuning). It's one of many
components that M Division engineers use to meet ever-tightening European
and U.S. fuel economy standards. Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes allow
drivers to dial up increasing amounts of steering effort. The
electric-assist steering in the regular 3 Series has drawn complaints from
the BMW faithful, though we suspect only the most astute M3 buyer will
perceive a real dynamic difference. An optional Adaptive M suspension
offers the same three modes for relaxed driving or more aggressive street
and track settings.
The M3 will also offer a host of contemporary safety and driver assistance
systems, including pedestrian collision warning, adaptive cruise control
and adaptive high beams designed to avoid blinding oncoming drivers.
The M3 will debut in January 2014 and should go on sale by spring. Check
back for a full review of the next M3, including specs, driving impressions
and buying advice as it becomes available.
BMW 1M & M3 F80 w/ Loud Akrapovic EVO Exhaust System
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Last month we went to Monaco for the Top Marques autoshow. We've seen a lot
of special supercars and hypercars, but also these two German beast: a blue
1 Series M Coupe and a mineral grey M3, both fitted with a loud Akrapovic
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