Fourth-generation of the BMW M3, all-new, unique high-performance sports car from BMW M GmbH with unprecedented design and technology, developed on the basis of the BMW 3 Series Coupe.
Unique Character and supreme driving dynamics secure leading position in the market segment, unique combination of engine power and low weight ensured by intelligent lightweight technology, power-to-weight ratio 3.8 kg/hp.
First-ever BMW M3 with an eight-cylinder power unit, all-new V8 displacing 4.0 liters and developing maximum output of 309 kW/420 hp plus peak torque of 400Nm/295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, maximum engine speed 8,400 rpm, optimum ppower and torque throughout the entire engine speed range.
Individual throttle butterflies, variable double-VANOS camshaft control, Brake Energy Regeneration, engine weight 15 kg/33 lb less than the six-cylinder in the former model.
Acceleration to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, top speed limited electronically to 250 km/h (155mph), average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle 12.4 liters/100 kilometers (equal to 22.8 mpg Imp).
Manual six-speed gearbox with integrated, temperature-related oil cooling, mass inertia-optimized double-plate clutch.
MDrive for setting and retrieving the driver's specific configuration of the engine control map, suspension and DSC set-up, as well as the Servotronic control map as an additional option.
All-new suspension with special, weight-optimized components as well as axle kinematics characteristic of BMW M for a highly dynamic driving experience, forged aluminum track control arms, compound high-performance brake system, optional Electronic Damper Control (EDC) with three freely available control maps.
First production vehicle in its segment with carbon-fiber-reinforced roof, carbon fiber serving to reduce the weight of the vehicle and enhance agility by lowering the center of gravity, carbon-fiber roof in visible technology symbolizing exclusivity and a direct link to Motorsport.
Authentic BMW M design underlining the athletic look of the car, aluminum engine compartment lid with a striking power dome as a clear signal of supreme power and performance, characteristic front end with large air intake scoops, muscular, powerfully flared wheel arches.
Air intake gills in the front side panels, M-specific side-sills accentuating the concept of rear-wheel drive, discreet spoiler lip reducing lift forces at the rear, roof in clearly visible carbon-fiber look, dual tailpipes typical of BMW M.
High-quality, sophisticated and perfectly appointed interior with a wide range of customization, innovative color and materials concept, four seats, BMW Individual high-end audio system tailored to the car as an option, model-specific paintwork and equipment variants highlighting the exclusivity of the new BMW M3.
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Here is a detailed description of my Test Drive of the 2008 M3 Coupe:
A couple of caveats:
1.) it was raining - you can only do so much in the rain.
2.) Seattle BMW got it yesteday ... the car had 56 miles on it. I have a healthy respect for the vehicle and did not rev it past 5k rpm.
- The e92 m3 is MUCH better looking in person. The physique is much more slim with bulging lines here and there for the fenders and hood bulge.
- The car is significantly more behaved at city street speeds in 1st & 2nd gear & the clutch is easier to operate (it has LESS resistance the further it is depressed, whereas the e46 clutch has more resistance the further you depress it). Around town you can definitely feel the extra several hundred pounds. It just feels ... heavy.
At freeway speeds... *cough* plus a little more... :
- I was always impressed with how comfortable the e46 felt at err... what's 60+40? and this car made the e46 feel downright sloppy when I got back into it.
- very smooth. Just attributed to the added torque - the car is very smooth in 4th & 5th gear, but feels about the same in 6th gear (I didn't have M mode on at this point).
With the exception to the fact that the car is more behaved at low rpm in 1st and 2nd gear - in general, as far as acceleration goes, the car felt like the e46, but with a little more juice to it. The gears actually felt shorter than the e46, but that I'm sure has to do with the fact that there's that much more power and it pulls through the rpm band faster.
Others have said it, I'll repeat it - this car corners amazingly! Before I was mentioning that you could feel the extra several hundred pounds of weight. It all disappears at turn-in. The turn-in on this car is so crisp it feels like a go-cart. There's zero body roll with EDC turned on, and it's incredibly responsive. Absolute A+++ on cornering. This car felt lighter than my old '88 Prelude with 205/40 R16's on it. A feeling I thought was gone forever with 3000lb+ cars.
A quick side note on EDC - even though the body roll is almost totally diminished with EDC set to sport, the suspension doesn't feel like it tightens up that much - BMW did a great job of preserving the suspension's ability to absorb shock while minimizing body roll. Anyone who has ever driven in Seattle knows that you need good suspension around here.
While driving away in my trusty '06 m3 I noticed a few immediate differnences:
1.) the e46 feels RRREALLY light compared to the e92 at low speeds
2.) the clutch is quite a bit heavier in the e46
3.) the e46 has a much more "GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!!" demeanor about it. Even without driving aggressively, I felt it pulling me and wanting to go faster in 1st and 2nd gear ... and then a little bit more relaxed in 5th and 6th gear :(
4.) I immediately felt as thought I was in a dated piece of machinery when I got back in the e46.
4a.) After having a glass of wine and slice of pizza - I had forgotten the feeling of the e92, and felt back at home in the e46. ::siiiigh::