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by George Skentzos

Early last month, BMW gave us a tantalizing taste of their new BMW M3 super coupe. Now making its sales debut alongside the Australian International Motor Show, all the juicy details have emerged on BMW’s first V8-powered M3.

As previously mentioned, peak power stands at 309kW at 8,300rpm, however now the ever elusive torque figure has been released.

The 4.0-litre V8 produces peak torque of 400Nm arriving at 3,900rpm with the new engine management system capable of processing more than 200 million operations per second.

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The engine block is sourced from BMW’s light-alloy foundry in Landshut which builds the blocks used in Formula One by BMW Sauber.

Accelerating from naught to 100km/h takes just 4.8 seconds, using 12.4L/100km. The new M3 is the first in the M division to feature EfficientDynamics technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration and an optimum gear change indicator located in the instrument panel.

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This makes the new M3 the first BMW in Australia with Brake Energy Regeneration.

Another Australian first in its class is the carbon fiber roof to reduce weight and lower the centre of gravity to ensure superb handling and dynamics.

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This has resulted in perfect 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, and a complete redesign of the five-link rear suspension means no power is wasted during cornering.

BMW’s trademark MDrive is positioned on the steering wheel which can adjust the Steering forces, Electronic Damper Control and Dynamic Stability Control with three settings – Normal, Comfort and Sports.

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Australian customers can – for the first time – order Melbourne Red or Jerez Black paintwork, which like other M colours, are named after famous Formula One circuits.

An aluminium bonnet with striking power dome, large front end air intake scoops and muscular, powerfully flared wheel arches complete the powerful look of the M3 super coupe.

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New standard equipment includes Novillo leather upholstery, Electronic Damper Control (EDC), MDrive, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam assist, Voice recognition, Comfort Access system for keyless entry and starting with Start/Stop button, front as well as rear Park Distance Control (PDC), BMW Assist, sunroof (available at no additional cost), heated front seats, Brake Force Display, as ell as metallic paintwork.

Pricing and Options

M3 Coupé six-speed manual: $157,000

Electric sunroof – glass: No Cost Option
Electric rear roller blind: $550
BMW Individual High End audio system: $1,900
19-inch forged M light-alloy wheels: $3,800






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