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    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    I think it will be stunning in black , my fav color anyway.
    But what strikes me is that it will come out with the double clutch gearbox.
    Looking forward to test drive that car !

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    BMW bashing is getting a bit OLD!

    Guys, hate to tell you this---- as boring as the current 3 series coupe and sedan look--- they still look better than the NEW MB C class coming out with it's SQUARE headlights, and the it is better than the A4. You must be kidding me in regard to all of the crap you guys are saying.

    One--- compare the current 3 series sedan to the A4-- which would you have? An A4 which looks like the OLD A6 but shorter and a bit more bulbous or the soon to come C Class with what we know will be a myriad of technical issues and it's questionable styling? That's what runs in this luxury class--- not a Porsche or a Corvette.

    Let's jump forward to the perfomance classes in this area. The S4--- WHAT THE M3 competes against--- not the 76k MSRP RS4 which looks like CRAP here in the states. (in the states we don't get the sporty steering wheel or the racing seats---- we get S4 seats and the normal A4 wheels with RS4 tagged on it). Sorry, for over 70k... the AUDI RS4 is not a deal, nor is the interior up to snuff with ANYTHING that is in the price range. The car is a big joke in the US.

    Mercedes AMG- The new Merc isn't even out yet here in the states-- but I assume the way that Mercedes releases it's AMG cars (same time as the normal cars)--- the AMG stats on the eventual C63 or C55 will be out. Again-- nice... but it won't be able to take a turn, it won't be manual, and it will most likely break down after 10k miles. Additionally- I don't like the looks of it.

    Everyone that is complaining about the M3- WAIT until it is out or someone reviews it. Everyone said the same thing about the Chevy Corvette (even though that does look boring) it drives better than a ferrari 360 and the Chevy Z06 is better handling and quicker than an F430 and is up there in regards to performance with a Lambo Gallardo.

    Things I don't like about the car- The windows... WTF?! the front is fine, the carbon fiber plastic roof--- that's cool. THE REAR of the car (the diffuser) is confusing the hell out of me. I don't get the rear diffusers that the M5 and M6 and Z4 have. Does it do anything!?

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    I agree those wheels look too small. Also it isn;t exactly incredible looking.

    I believe the S4 to be the best looking car in the class.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

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    Rossi said:
    Absolutely right, Kreso.

    I really hope the sports car manufacturers think about it. Make the cars a little bit smaller, no need for cars being longer than 4.30 m for example. Make them lower, a F430 sits a little bit too high. Don't make them as wide as they currently are, a low car with width of 1.90 m looks at least as aggressive as a car that is more than 2 m wide and has greater height. Moreover if the car is not too wide, it is easier to handle on small roads.
    And finally increase light materials such as Carbon and Aluminium to keep the weight down.

    If they all do that, cars with around 1200 to 1300 kg would be possible withouth problem, together with a power output of 550hp that would be hell of a drive.



    Unfortunately for us, Rossi, the car industrys big producers will not tailor their high end models to the afficianados. I believe that we are holding an ever dwindling market share. Instead, the lay driver looking for status and "available performance" (i.e. straight line shooting) is holding the torch.

    Weight increase is a result of this, as well as increased safety demands. Controlling a 1000kg car with 420hp is no easy task, and knowing the M3 market here in the US, there would be a lot of bodybags

    For lower weight, the avid sporting fan has to look to kit cars and small manufacturers (Lotus, Noble etc...)

    --

    ps this new M3 is quite ugly and shares increasingly little lineage with the revered father the e30, the beefy uncle the 36 and the complacent yet talented son, the e46.
    I believe this itteration is the steroid pumping son in high school who is spiraling out of control

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

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    palenimbus said:
    Yeh, there's definitely some anti-BMW discrimination on this board.



    Not really... . I really WANT to like the new BMWs. I've had them since I learned to drive.

    I want to buy the new M3, to replace my current M3, but I get kinda sick and disgusted when I look at the new one.

    I'm more pissed than prejudiced (if that makes sense).

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Rear half of second pic ( side view ) looks like a late 1990s Honda Civic 4 door !
    The " bull dog " stance of the E46 ( 2002-2006 ) M3 has been feminized ,as in all versions of the E92 coupe, bowing to all the arm chair car "sylists" typing away on the internet. BMW bosses went chicken on their bill-paying bread and butter 3 series to satisfy those still living in the mid 90s and we get this as a result.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    More info...

    New M Colors:

    Jerez Black (A73)
    Melbourne Red (A75)
    Interlagos Blue (A30)
    Silverstone II (A29)

    Upholstery

    The standard upholstery on the new BMW M3 Coupé is Novillo leather in the following colours:

    Black (NCSW)
    Palladium Silver (NCH1)
    Fox Red (NCH2)
    Bamboo Beige (NCH3)
    Extended Novillo leather is available as an upgrade and available in all four colours.



    Interior Trim

    The following trims are available exclusively on the new BMW M3 Coupé:

    Titanium Shadow (771) - Standard
    Aluminium Shadow (4MX)
    Black Carbon-structure Leather trim (4MY)
    Anthracite mirror finish Wood (4MZ)

    ...and new article in C&D:

    http://www.caranddriver.com/carnews/12774/2008-bmw-m3-coupe.html


    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    ...and official weight for new M3 coupe is 1580kg!

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    grazie Kreso!!!!

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    the m3 will probably be fantastic drive (of course not realy comparible to a 911 or a 987 because of the engine layout).

    what i personally dislike it that the interion loosk like a typical 3 series with some cheap M-badges....

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Thank you Kreso
    At least one member appreciated your post
    Who broke the embargo this time

    Any news on whether the steel roof with sunroof will be available

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

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    KresoF1 said:
    ...and official weight for new M3 coupe is 1580kg!



    So that makes it 70 kg lighter than the RS4?

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Underwhelmed, at best...

    Sure it has 420hp, but it is ugly...

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Quote:
    SciFrog said:
    Underwhelmed, at best...

    Sure it has 420hp, but it is ugly...



    Look at those hideous side mirrors

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    the car looked quite nice on those last photos actually...

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Quote:
    temm said:
    Quote:
    KresoF1 said:
    ...and official weight for new M3 coupe is 1580kg!



    So that makes it 70 kg lighter than the RS4?



    Actually 80 kg!

    RS4 Saloon 1660kg

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Thanks Kreso

    I like these two options the best..

    752, BMW Individual Audio HiFi system. Features a nine-channel amplifier with Digital Sound Processing (DSP). Sixteen high-end loudspeakers (Neodym magnetic drives, hexacone diaphragm), at a total of 825W. DIRAC signal processing enables perfectly timed sound experience in all seats.


    07ME, 295km/h delimiting.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Jim,

    Only problem is that 295km/h may NOT be available for US market...

    BUT, you will be able to do it... With some help from your European friends...

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Kreso, thanks in advance

    The idea of buying a speed limited car is revolting. Worse is to know that you could have bought it delimited!

    As for the new M3's looks, if you debadge it including the BMW roundels, most people could never identifiy it. Thats a positive for some occaisions.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    80kg lighter than RS4, yet RS4 is 0.2 litre larger in engine size and has 4wd. I think the bimmer is heavy.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Audi RS4 Saloon 1660kg 420hp 430Nm
    3.95kg/hp 3.86kg/Nm

    BMW M3 Coupe 1580kg 420hp 400Nm
    3.76kg/hp 3.95kg/Nm

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Thanks Kresno. The torque info is very important there.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    BTW, did you ever had a chance to drive RS4?

    RS4 V8 is very picky unit and it is not feeling very powerfull at low revs IMO. And what about oil consumption on this engine? It is pretty high-just ask some RS4 owners... Specially in first 10000km's... My friend own one and likes it a lot, but oil consumption and oil operating temperature... Better not to talk about it...

    Just a clue for you-after only two laps at Grobnik race track in Croatia RS4 oil temperature was at 125C!! How much will that engine last I asked myself... And I am Audi fan!

    Spirited drive on the autobahn... 115C oil temperature...

    Ask any 997 turbo owner about oil temperature...

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Thanks kreso .

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    How much did the E46 M3 weight? Google tells me between 1550kg to 1570kg... So if this new M3 is only a bit more weight but much more power, in theory it should perform better than the E46 (other factors aside).

    The 335 looks pretty good in the flesh so I guess the M3 will too... The car should be photogenic too though - shame really.

    Either way, I'd rather have a slightly used 997S over this anyday!

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    I just read the new Car and Driver and the pics in there are much more pleasing to the eye. They are of the grey paint- like the show car photos initially leaked. The car also has 19 inch wheels which look much better.

    Re: New BMW M3 official pics...

    Quote:
    KresoF1 said:
    BTW, did you ever had a chance to drive RS4?

    RS4 V8 is very picky unit and it is not feeling very powerfull at low revs IMO. And what about oil consumption on this engine? It is pretty high-just ask some RS4 owners... Specially in first 10000km's... My friend own one and likes it a lot, but oil consumption and oil operating temperature... Better not to talk about it...

    Just a clue for you-after only two laps at Grobnik race track in Croatia RS4 oil temperature was at 125C!! How much will that engine last I asked myself... And I am Audi fan!

    Spirited drive on the autobahn... 115C oil temperature...

    Ask any 997 turbo owner about oil temperature...



    Yes I have driven the RS4, and it is a peaky engine. And that is my point really, the M3 will be even worse with more kilograms to push per NM. In gear acceleration will also suffer. Having said that, I am sure the M3 will be a faster car than the RS4 on the track given its much newer chassis. As someone else said, it will have no real competitor until the RS5 comes out in 2 years.

    Great E46 v E92 Comparo






    I think the new M3 is a good evolution of the theme.

    Re: Great E46 v E92 Comparo

    It may sound weird but I like the new one.

    Re: Great E46 v E92 Comparo

    The E46 looks so dated when put side by side with the E92!

     
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