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2014 BMW M3 Sedan

     

2014 BMW M3 Sedan

The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan sees BMW M GmbH revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car - and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story. (more below)

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The All-New BMW M3

Source: BMW | Published: Thu Dec 12, 2013 by Andrew D.

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In order to accentuate the racing character of the two models in terms of both their technical composition and the fine-tuning of the cars, the engineers worked closely with BMW Motorsport's professional racing drivers during the development phase. For example, DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock took part in the extensive testing and set-up work carried out at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit.

Aerodynamics Measures  for Dynamic Excellence

Details such as the powerfully formed front apron, smooth underbody and clearly defined Gurney spoiler at the rear of the M3 Sedan reduce lift by an equal degree at the front and rear axle and produce optimum handling attributes. "The way in which we channel the inflowing air through the engine oil cooler creates a Venturi effect, which reduces front axle lift and, in so doing, improves the steering," explains Albert Biermann, Head of Development BMW M GmbH. Elements like the Air Curtain and M gills with integrated Air Breather rearwards of the front wheels minimize turbulence in the front wheel arches. Together with the aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, they are also highly distinctive design features of the BMW M3 Sedan help reduce drag. These examples underline in familiar fashion the success of M engineers in reconciling the requirements of everyday use with the demands of action on the race track.

Interior with Exquisite Materials and Motor Sport Ambience

Drivers of the BMW M3 can look forward to piloting their car from behind a double-spoke M leather steering wheel. The M logo, chrome trim and color contrast stitching are central elements of the cabin's racing ambience. Both models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission is available as an option. M-DCT allows the driver to change gears using either the selector lever on the center console or the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

Even More Accomplished Rear-Wheel Drive with Active M Differential

Among the other components that add fresh polish to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW M3 Sedan are the hollow lightweight output shafts of the rear differential and the Active M Differential, which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential to optimize traction and directional stability. The multi-plate limited-slip differential works with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit links up with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and also takes into account the position of the accelerator pedal, the rotational speed of the wheels and the car's yaw rate. Every driving situation is therefore precisely analyzed and an impending loss of traction on one side of the car identified at an early stage. The degree of lock - which may be anywhere between 0 and 100 percent - is adjusted as required within a fraction of a second, enabling wheel spin to be prevented on slippery surfaces, in instances where the right and left rear wheel have widely differing friction coefficients, in tight bends and when changing direction with particular vigor. Optimizing traction in this way also provides unbeatable driving stability in challenging conditions and allows impressively dynamic acceleration out of corners.

BMW M3 Sedan: Review (2/2)

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Specs
AT (automatic transmission), MT (manual transmission)
Powertrain
Type V6, Twin-Turbo
Displacement 183 cu in (3000 cc)
Power 431 hp (317 kW)
Torque 406 lb-ft (550 Nm)
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual (Std.)
7 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Ventilated Discs (Std.)
Carbon Ceramic Ventilated Discs (Opt.)
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/40 R18 - 275/40 R18" (Std.)
19" (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight 3300 lbs (1497 kg)
Performance
0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 4.0 s (4.1 s) (AT)
4.2 s (4,3 s) (MT)
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 mph Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph (250 km/h)
174 mph (280 km/h) (with M Driver's Package)
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 28.3 mpg (AT)
26.7 mpg (MT)
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin Germany
Where Built Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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