BMW M3 Sedan And M4 Coupe Images And Some Info
|   Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Bavarian manufacturer has confirmed in an official statement accompanied by pictures, making this as official as possible: the M3 will have two successors. The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are two names, following the new nomenclature, which the Germans have chosen for their medium segment models with four and two doors.

The two models differ only by body type, otherwise those from BMW offering customers the same options, the same engine and the same technological level on the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe as other existing models.
And if the previous M3, with its different body versions, was considered a benchmark in the market, and a beast to drive, the new models come to confirm that BMW had a few interesting aces, hidden in its sleeve.

First, the Bavarians will use technical developments to reduce the mass of the new models by about 80 kg, an essential element that contributed to the performance figures shown by the German models. Taking just 4.1 seconds from 0-100 km / h, together with the M dual-clutch transmission, and a top speed electronically limited to 250 km / h (280 km / h with M package), the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are 0.7 seconds faster compared to the previous generation.

These figures are delivered from a completely new engine for the M midrange: a 6-cylinder unit, which benefits from TwinPower Turbo technology, which develops 431 horsepower, 11 horsepower in addition to the power developed by the replaced versions of the M3.

The performance increase did not affect fuel consumption. This is an advantage due to the policy of downsizing and switching to the turbo era. Thus the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe consumes on average 8.3 liters per 100 km, which is a quarter less than the previous generation. The emissions are estimated at 194 g CO2 / km, so we have the first M models which fall below the barrier of 200 g CO2 / km required by the Euro 6 standard.

As for available transmissions, BMW went over to a standard manual transmission. They are optimized to meet the requirements of the M models, worthy of the year 2013, and can be optionally replaced at acquisition with an automatic M DCT transmission, which just reached its third generation, offering seven steps, and incorporating some interesting features: Launch Control for optimized starting, or (an absolute novelty) Smokey Burnout, which offers the driver the opportunity to perform a burnout in a "controlled environment".

"Four generations of the BMW M3 have blended motor sport genes and uncompromised
everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept," Dr Friedrich
Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH, explains.

"The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe represent an ongoing commitment to this philosophy. The engine is the heart of every M model, and the new turbocharged six-cylinder unit fitted in the two new cars combines the virtues of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology," he continues.

"A committed lightweight design concept produces a weight saving of around80 kilograms over the outgoing M3. The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world's most exacting race track – have readied the new models for that transition. Meticulous and passion-fuelled development work has underpinned the creation of two high-performance sports cars that set new standards in terms of overall concept, precision and agility."
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