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.




  • Tom

    I would MUCH rather the coupe

  • Crouchy

    Love the coupe – this, maybe not so much.

  • Tim

    Personally, I’d rather have the Audi RS4

  • Dion

    Wonder if this’ll detract sales from the M5

  • http://deleted Alex

    This is the one to have I think simply because you don’t have that wanky carbon roof the coupe has and it doesn’t have the extra weight the convertible has. I like it. I’d get a darker colour though, if not an Audi.

  • Wheelnut

    Personally I would go for the M3. The M3 is essentially [not to mention traditionally] a performance car – and as weight is the enemy of performance it makes sense to try and make a car like the M3 as light as possible.. even if that means using carbon fibre.

    Because otherwise you’d have an awesome piece of automotive engineering – the international award winning V8 engine powering a car that is so heavy its performance would be just a little bit better than a lesser 3 series sedan.. which isn’t what you’d want when you’re paying almost double the price now is it?

    That’s why I don’t get the “logic” behind car companies turning some of the worlds best sports cars including M3s Porsches and Aston Martins into Convertible-Cabriolets as all the extra reinforcement as well as the metal folding roof mechanisms etc do nothing but add unnecessary weight and ruin the feel not to mention the look of the car

  • Baji

    whats the difference between a saloon and a sedan? why couldn’t sedan just be used in the article instead of a mix of sedan and saloon? don’t mean to be rude, just curious. :-)

  • http://deleted Alex

    Wheelnut, what do you mean you would get the M3? Get the M3 over what? There is only .1 of a second difference in time between the coupe and sedan, not enough difference to notice if you were doing in a race. I wouldn’t buy this generation of M3 because BMW are already saying they will probably go back to supercharged 6′s for the next one which means this will be the odd one out.

  • Wheelnut

    Alex: By M3 I mean the Coupe because just like when you say Aston Martin or Porsche most car enthusiasts would automatically think of the iconic coupe.. only when you’re talking about subsequent derivatives would you add Sedan or Wagon Ute etc.

    Nonetheless BMW have never had a supercharged 6 cylinder engine in any of their cars let alone the M3.

    I’ve also heard that BMW are considering going back to the inline 6 which will as you say make this the odd one out and therefore; more collectible

    I probably wouldn’t buy the new one either as my Fiance has an E36 M3 and it enialates virtually every other modern sports car that foolishly decides to take her on.

    although I wouldn’t say no if I was given one or won one obviously

    If I was to buy a BMW I’d go for the twin-turbo 335ci coupe or even the compact 135i coupe which as they showed on TGA performs as well the M3 for half the price

    As for the the idea that M3 sedan will take sales away from the M5 the M5 is a bigger car with a bigger engine in a completely different class not to mention prioe range. I doubt that those looking at an M3 sedan would consider the M5 [and vice versa]. The M3 Sedans direct rivals would more likely be the Audi RS6 and Merc S Class

  • B///M3

    This is what E90 sedan should have looked like from the beggining. Although I’d still pick the M3 Coupe over M3 sedan.

    BMW for the win! :)

  • http://deleted Alex

    Sorry Wheelnut, my mistake – I meant in line six before, not supercharged. However, your principal of only saying sedan or wagon when you don’t mean the iconic coupe doesn’t work in the M3′s case because there has been a Convertible of every version of the M3 which makes the Coupe no more iconic than the Convertible.

  • http://navelcontemplation.blogspot.com/ SuperCujo

    Hey, all this arguing over sedan or coupe, it doesn’t matter because the 135i is much better bang for bucks.

    And BTW Wheelnut, the word you wanted was ‘annihilate’.

  • Alan

    I personally prefer M3 coupe as for me, M3 should be a coupe. also the coupe looks sleeker than the sedan. However, the price is something else to consider, about 13k premium for a coupe over sedan, that’s nearly 10% difference in price

  • MB

    I would class myself as an enthausist driver and have done plenty of track days etc over the years. If I drove a M3 4 door with a CF roof & one without I probably could not tell the difference.

    I think the only people that could tell the difference would between having a CF roof or not would be out packing there bags now for Symons Plains this weekend

  • Ivan

    I agree that the sedan is much better looking car, especially the 3/4 rear view. But because I’m married and planning for kids, I’d go for the M3 Sedan. Not only that, but the Sedan is JUST 10KG heavier!! To me that’s just a pittiful of a difference. It’s also cheaper and can drift just as well.

    Weight distribution on the sedan is slightly better as well: 50.4:49.6 compared to the Coupe: 50.9:49.1. Just mentioning the facts.

    BTW, do you guys know if M3 uses double wishbone suspension or Macpherson Struts? Thanks

  • CB

    Wheelnut Says:
    November 16th, 2008 at 6:39 pm
    “Personally I would go for the M3. The M3 is essentially [not to mention traditionally] a performance car – and as weight is the enemy of performance it makes sense to try and make a car like the M3 as light as possible.. even if that means using carbon fibre.”

    I assume you mean the M3 Coupe – it only has a 0.1s performance advnatage over the Sedan version in the 0-100kph stakes.

    “Because otherwise you’d have an awesome piece of automotive engineering – the international award winning V8 engine powering a car that is so heavy its performance would be just a little bit better than a lesser 3 series sedan.. which isn’t what you’d want when you’re paying almost double the price now is it?”

    What are you talking about? The 335i sedan has a 0-100kph time of 5.5s with the auto transmission. The M3 sedan is 4.9 seconds.

    “That’s why I don’t get the “logic” behind car companies turning some of the worlds best sports cars including M3s Porsches and Aston Martins into Convertible-Cabriolets as all the extra reinforcement as well as the metal folding roof mechanisms etc do nothing but add unnecessary weight and ruin the feel not to mention the look of the car”

    That’s why the M3 CSL was originally conceived – unfortunately there won’t be such a car with the E90/E92.

    Wheelnut Says:
    November 16th, 2008 at 9:04 pm
    “If I was to buy a BMW I’d go for the twin-turbo 335ci coupe or even the compact 135i coupe which as they showed on TGA performs as well the M3 for half the price”

    335i Coupe is a good choice. ;-) And the 135i is the bargain of the year in Australia.

    “As for the the idea that M3 sedan will take sales away from the M5 the M5 is a bigger car with a bigger engine in a completely different class not to mention prioe range. I doubt that those looking at an M3 sedan would consider the M5 [and vice versa]. The M3 Sedans direct rivals would more likely be the Audi RS6 and Merc S Class”

    Thanks to depreciation there are some bargains to be had with 2 or 3 year old M5′s…

    Alan Says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 12:05 am
    “I personally prefer M3 coupe as for me, M3 should be a coupe. also the coupe looks sleeker than the sedan. However, the price is something else to consider, about 13k premium for a coupe over sedan, that’s nearly 10% difference in price”

    I prefer the coupe too, however demand worldwide is huge for a sedan version hence the production.

  • MB

    CB

    M3 Sedan would be up against Lexus IS-F, C63,RS4.

    BMW had to match the C63 on price which undercut the M3 coupe by a fair amount.

  • http://caradvice.com.au OSU811

    I reckon this will outsell the coupe, just for practicality alone!, IMO the AUDI RS4 AVANT is a better car but would still accept an m3 sedan lol…

  • Wheelnut
  • Neo Utopia

    For me, easy: No children or 1 child, coupé; 2 children, sedan.

  • Neo Utopia

    Personally though I would opt for the Audi RS4, just because I am a little bit more of a Audi than BMW admirer, but this machine is still one über automobile!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Coupe,simple as that! Its the way it was meant to be.

    Kids grow ,a guy I know who sold his E36 M3 for a BF GT {WHY} has now sold it for a E46 CSL,hes got kids like me and buys his cars for the enjoyment not cause it fits in with the Mrs {hate that word}……….

    Its a Coupe and this is simply UGLY as a 4 door !

  • Wheelnut

    I agree BM – to either turn a car that was originally / traditionally a sports coupe into a sedan or to use the same name as the coupe on a sedan – detracts somewhat from the image and prestige of the coupe..As this doesn’t look like a real M3 more like a 3 series sedan with an M3 badge

  • Ivan

    BM, easy for you to say that. Not to say that you’re old or anything, but for those who are married and still planning or already have a

  • http://deleted Alex

    Why are people having such trouble with the idea of a sedan M3? It’s not as if BMW have never made one before. Nobody has problems with the M5 being a 4 door sedan/wagon so why is this such a problem. Saying that, I believe an M3 touring may actually be on the way and if not this generation, definitely the next. What do people think of that?

  • Dlr1

    Agree Alex, whats wrong with choice. Want a coupe… buy one, want a sedan… now you can have that too. M3 Touring… sounds good too. It certainly works for Audi.

  • sam

    would anyone buy with CF roof?..looks better, and would anyone consider buying a lexus is-f for $129000 fully optioned?