BMW M3 Coupe
Many people know the BMW M3 story. The mid-size terror debuted here in 1987, featuring a four-cylinder under the hood and a large wing at the rear, it was named the E30 M3, a 3-series-derived homologation special for German Touring Car racing. The M3 became an icon, and the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe is no exception. Undergoing a full redesign, the engineers over at BMW did not miss beat when designing this new monster.
BMW introduced the new M3 concept at the Geneva auto show in early 2008, and as was expected, the actual production car looks barely different. The concept’s 19” wheels have slightly shrunk to 18”, but BMW Accessories will allow consumers to swap right back to the 19”. The 2008 BMW M3 features an unpainted, lightweight carbon-fiber roof as well as a power bulge on the aluminum hood over the new V8. The side vents located on the flared fenders of the M3 feature LED lighting and M3 badging, further accentuating the uniqueness of these cars. More BMW M3 specifics include a gaping front fascia, an aggressive rear end highlighted by quad tailpipes, and the dual-vaned side mirrors designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.
BMW M3 Coupe engineers and designers made it their goal to offer BMW customers the maximum driving pleasure in an ambience that is perfectly tailored to the customer’s specifications and requests. From the type of leather used on the seats and door inserts to the color of the trim around the interior, it is all up to the customer.
For the first time, the BMW M3 Coupe is powered by a 4.0-liter V8, derived from the 5.0-liter V10 found in the E60 M5 as well as the M6. The hard-hitting V8 produces 414 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm, propelling the E92 M3 from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds, reaching a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.