The New BMW M3 Coupe
Published Date: 17th Apr 2007
BMW has announced details of the new BMW M3 Coupe, a model that 21 years ago created an entirely new segment for super-high-performance compact cars. In the past 2 decades and 3 previous generations, the M3 has proved a success on road and track.
With DNA connecting the new M3’s engine to that of the BMW Sauber F1 Team, the racing link is maintained in the fourth generation M3. The new M3 Coupe engine develops 420hp at 8,300rpm and 400Nm of torque at 3,900rpm from its 3,999cc V8-power unit, and red-lines at 8,400rpm. The engine powers the car from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. However, these supercar levels of performance do not compromise economy with the car still delivering 22.8mpg on the combined cycle, being an 8% improvement over the outgoing car.
The previous generation M3 CSL showed how carbon-fibre could be used by BMW in limited-volume production cars. The new M3 Coupe is the first full production car in its class to feature a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic roof panel with exposed weave. In isolation, the carbon-fibre roof panel saves 5kgs over a conventional roof panel but it also lowers the centre of gravity to contribute to the M3’s benchmark driving dynamics.
The new BMW M3 Coupe goes on sale in September 2007 and prices will be announced nearer the launch date.
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