Like its predecessors, the M3 will be a hit

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

Much has been said about the new BMWM3. The reality of the matter is that on paper the new M3 sounds like magic.

Given the track record of its predecessors, there is no way the M3 wouldn't make a big deal when it hits the roads, not only ours but roads the world over.

The first-ever BMW M3 has an all-new 4litre V8 power unit that develops a maximum output of 309kW and peak torque of 400Nm at 3 900rpm.

It has a maximum engine speed of 8400rpm and optimum power and torque throughout the engine's speed range.

It offers a manual six-speed gearbox with integrated, temperature- related oil cooling and a mass inertia-optimised double- plate clutch.

The car's makers claim that it is the first production vehicle in its segment with a carbon-fibre-reinforced roof.

The use of carbon fibre reduces the weight of the vehicle and enhances its agility by lowering its centre of gravity.

The carbon-fibre technology symbolises exclusivity and is a direct link to motor sport.

The front end of the car boasts three large air-intake scoops beneath the radiator grille, which feed intake and cooling air to the engine. The scoops are bordered on either side by large, vertical bars and further enhance the characteristic design language of the car.

Together with the double kidney grille so typical of BMW, and the low-slung headlights with their xenon main beams, the air intakes give the new BMW M3 a highly dynamic appearance.

Primarily, however, the particular design and structure of the front end is determined by the supply of air required for the high-performance power unit.

Almost the entire front end opens up to supply the naturally aspirated engine with sufficient air.

The pricing of this new beauty has not yet been released.