BMW AG plans to expand its product lineup in North America with the introduction of the all-new 2008 M3 Sedan and M3 Coupe models some time in 2008. These two BMW M3 variants will share some features and technical specs like the monstrous and high revving V8 engine as well as balanced chassis and suspension components.
At the heart of the BMW M3 Sedan is a new 4.0-liter light-alloy engine that is capable of generating 414 hp at 8,300 rpm and develops a maximum 295 pound-feet torque output revving at 3,900 rpm. The engine also provides 85% of the peak torque rotating up to 6,500 rpm. According to the German automaker, this engine provides “more power, increased efficiency, and reduced weight” compared to the previous 6-cylinder engine for the 2007 BMW M3. The new 4.0-liter light-alloy engine now offers 15% additional horsepower output and 8% fuel economy improvement.
The 4.0-liter V8 engine under the hood of BMW M3 models also feature the company’s variable double-VANOS camshaft management, which allows the powertrain unit to have an improved valve timing to provide the necessary torque and horsepower output. Another main feature of the V8 engine is the use of ion-current technology to monitor the ignition and combustion processes. A close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, combined with twin-disc clutch and Variable M Differential Lock transmit power to the BMW M3. Furthermore, BMW’s MDrive system highlights the driving performance of the 2008 BMW M3. MDrive allows the driver to personalize the driving and handling characteristics of the vehicle by selecting buttons on the steering wheel to activate of deactivate certain systems like Dynamic Stability Control (DSC); Electronic Damper Control (EDC) in Sport, Normal or Comfort modes; and Servotronic in Sport or Comfort modes.
Outside, the all new 2008 BMW M3 Sedan features a sporty and aggressive stance in both the front and rear. The M3 Sedan embodies the traditional BMW design cues with the signature double kidney shaped grille, along with other exterior highlights including flat headlight units with standard Xenon headlamps, three large air intakes below the grille, fog lamps, power dome in the middle of the aluminum hood, distinctive two front side panels, and pronounced side-sills. The aggressive and sporty appearance of the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan continues onto the rear part of the vehicle. The M3 Sedan features discreet lip spoiler, rear bumper that takes up the shape of the air intakes, circular shape straight tailpipes, and standard M-style light-alloy spoked wheels measuring 18 x 8.5 inches with 245/40 low-profile tires at the front and 18 x 9.5 with 265/40 tires at the rear. Customers can upgrade these wheels and select the 19-inch variants. Moreover, the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan will roll out in the US market available with several metallic exterior paints including Melbourne Red, Jerez Black, Interlagos Blue and Silverstone. Other available exterior color schemes include Alpine White, Jet Black, and Sparkling Graphite Metallic.
On the inside, the all new 2008 BMW M3 Sedan features an interior that combines luxury, elegance, comfort, safety, and performance driving. Interior highlights include footwells, parcel shelf, headliner, A-pillar trim and the upper part of the instrument panel finished in Anthracite; M car logo in the door sills; dual circular instruments; leather steering wheel with remote control buttons for the audio system, mobile phone, and optional MDrive button; front seats available with backrest-width adjustment, rear seats with folding seatbacks; premium AM/FM/single-disc CD audio system an auxiliary input jack; SIRIUS satellite radio, HD radio, and a USB-enabled port for control of an Apple iPod or other media players; and optional BMW Navigation. The interior of the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan is also equipped with a wide array of safety features. These include belt latch tensioners, belt force limiters, frontal and side airbags in the seat backrests and curtain head airbag.
Lastly, the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan comes with the wide range of BMW services including BMW Maintenance Program, Roadside Assistance, New Vehicle Limited Warranty, and the optional BMW AssistTM with TeleService. The new BMW M3 Sedan is definitely a stand out like its sibling, the BMW 230 with its top of the line BMW 330i parts.