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  • Alan

    With the withdraw from F1, lack of competitor to R8/SLS, and the release of overweight monsters like X5/X6M and 5GT, it is good to see that someone in BMW still has the heart for a good driver’s car of the tradtional kind. With decent weightloss and power gain, this should be a good driver’s car.

    Would be perfect if they offered this with a 6 speed manual, but i guess DCT is the way forward for all manufacturers, and the tradtional manual is dying out as the choice of gearbox for sports cars (with the exception of the ever brilliant 911 GT3/GT3 RS). Also, I’m not a fan of that huge spoiler, looks too aftermarket for my liking. Wonder if they’ll offer a deletion option of that spoiler. Either way, this is by far my favourite of the current BMW range.

  • Mitch

    They should do this to the 1 series.

  • http://skyline The Salesman

    Alan,

    Heart of a good driver’s car is right. The traditionalist in me wants the fun of shifting through the cogs, their is no skill involved otherwise.
    Maybe we have to many designers and engineers from the play station generation.

    • Alan

      I agree that nothing beats a good old fashioned manual for driving fun, but seems like there’s ever more eletronics being put into modern sports cars. Perhaps that has something to do with the people buying them, rich people more interested in showing off than enjoying the drive, with something like 80-90% of all Ferrari sold with F1 gearbox nowadays. This is one reason I’m a big fan of Porsche, with every company putting in more eletronic gadgets to take the fun away from driving, the GT2/GT3 versions of 911 has so far stuck with manual and the option to switch off all eletronic nanny system.

      I think people like us are getting rarer with cars becoming more eletronic and less mechanical, pity as by the time I have saved enough money for a serious sports car, there won’t be any pure sports cars left.

      • http://skyline The Salesman

        You can not blame them for supplying the popular market. Its were the profit is. Someone probably said the same thing about automatic cars or cruise control and such.
        Soon I will have to ask my 7 year old how to start my car.

  • Baddass

    Those yellow headlights on the old BMW are vomit-inducing. And the whole retro BMW thing is getting kinda old.

    • Allergic one

      Yellow headlights were or still are a legal requirment in europe, they penetrate fog better.

  • Alex

    It needs to be better than the Cayman S. I really hope it is. That is the one big flaw with the standard M3: it may be a brilliant car and it may be much more practical, but it doesn’t drive nearly as well as the similarly priced Cayman S. It has more body roll and and it’s not as tidy. By the looks of this though, I’m sure it can give the Porsche a run for it’s money. It’ll be expensive though. And it does need a manual.

    • Bavarian Missile

      *Chomp chomp chew chew,gulp,there goes the Cayman S *

  • http://www.CarZ.com CarZ

    I agree this car would be perfect if they offered it in manual. But the young bucks of today don’t know how to handle manual vehicles. Gone are the good ole days of when good old fashioned manual was the way to go.

  • Neo Utopia

    Like it, like it, like it! BUT in a MANUAL! I am a generation y’er and play computer racing games but I think cars like this deserve to have both transmisions!

  • nesa

    i think it is time to start a ” save the Manual car” campain.
    Manual also save more fule so it is also greener!!!

BMW M3 Specs

Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
M3
Year
1996
Body Type
2D COUPE
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
3.2L
Cylinders
INLINE 6
Max. Torque
350Nm @  3250rpm
Max. Power
236kW @  7400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
158.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
86.4x91mm
Compression Ratio
11.3
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.23
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
62
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
12L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1490
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1335mm
Length
4433mm
Width
1710mm
Ground Clearance
0mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.5
Front Rim Size
8.5Jx17
Rear Rim Size
8.5Jx17
Wheel Base
2710
Front Track
1422
Rear Track
1438
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning, Power front seats, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
Alloy Wheels
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Entertainment
Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint, Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof, Sport Seats Adjustable
Entertainment
Compact disc player
Interior
Leather Trim
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
24 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-G-13
Country of Origin
GERMANY