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by George Skentzos

Backed by astounding demand, BMW has introduced a four-door version of its M3 into the Australian market for the first time.

 

Joining the BMW Coupe and Convertible, the new E92 BMW M3 sedan offers the same raw performance as its siblings with the practicality of a full size sedan.

It is powered by the same 4.0-litre V8 engine that develops 309kw and 400Nm with a screaming red line at 8400rpm.

 2008 BMW M3 saloon launched

In manual guise, the BMW M3 sedan sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, or just 4.7 seconds when optioned with the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission – merely an 0.1 second handicap over the coupe.

Fuel consumption remains at a frugal 12.4 litres per 100km for the manual and just 11.9 litres per 100kms for the M DCT – a true testament to this remarkable engine.

2008 BMW M3 saloon launched

This will mark the first time an M3 sedan has been sold in Australia, with no sedan model for the previous E46 generation model range, and in the E36 generation, only Coupé and Convertible versions of the M3 were sold locally.

The M3 sedan rides on special M 18-inch light alloy wheels shod with 245/40 front and 265/40 ZR 18 tyres, while 19-inch light alloy wheels are optional, fitted with 245/35 front and 265/35 ZR 19 tyres.

 2008 BMW M3 saloon launched

Luxury features such as satellite navigation with an 8.8-inch full colour monitor, TV, Voice Recognition, Bluetooth mobile connection, LOGIC7 HIFI system, Adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, leather upholstery, powered and heated M Sport seats with memory functions, and backrest width adjustment and lumbar support are all standard.

The M3 sedan also boasts Brake Energy Regeneration technology which collects energy on overrun or under braking to charge the battery, allowing the absolute maximum engine power be delivered to acceleration rather than being diverted to power electrical systems.

2008 BMW M3 saloon launched

The new BMW M3 sedan will go on sale from November 22nd, priced from $145,000 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges.




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