The BMW M3 has become the benchmark for sports sedans. Arriving first in the 80s as a boy-racer looking two-door coupe with a lowered suspension, huge fender flares and a high-revving four cylinder racing engine, the M3 has grown both in size and engine power. The later iterations of the M3 have also included four-door sedans and convertibles in the lineup.
The M Division of BMW has remained faithful to the original concept of the M3, that of a smallish vehicle with the power, suspension, brakes and other components to permit owners to become weekend racers or auto-crossers with little or no modifications to their vehicle. Engine power that began with a 2.3 liter four-banger has evolved through a smooth inline 6 cylinder to a small-block V-8 and back to a turbo-charged inline 6.
Ultra smooth and powerful inline sixes have long been the hallmark of mainstream BMWs, but insiders say that this may change in the 2014 M3. The talk is of the development of a V-6 with twin turbochargers. This is a first for BMW, but their engine design history says they are up to the task. The scuttlebutt is that the new V-6 will be three liters in displacement, like the inline 6 it replaces, will be a 90 degree V with the twin turbos mounted between the cylinder banks and around 430 horsepower with over 400 pound-feet of torque.
The new Bimmer M3 will be slightly larger than the E90 it replaces, but it has gone on a diet and will weigh in at least 88 pounds less. This weight loss is the result of an increased use of ultra high tensile steel throughout the body and components.
Like all “ultimate driving machines,” a BMW M3 will be a delight to own and operate. But, like all precision machines, the M3 will require professional, precision maintenance and service consistent with the build quality of the vehicle. The answer for the discerning BMW owner is Austin BMW Service at German Auto Center. German Auto professionals also provide repair and maintenance services for Austin residents for other German makes including Porsche, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and the ever popular MINI Cooper.