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BMW M3 Preview Coalinga CA

The first-generation BMW M3, introduced twenty years ago, was powered by a 2.3L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 195 hp. Flared wheel arches and large spoilers (radical at the time for a street driven vehicle) differentiated the M3 from the standard versions of the BMW 3 Series.

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BMW M3 Preview

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Critical Knowledge:
  • Fourth-generation BMW M3

  • First M3 with a V8 powerplant

  • Carbon-fiber roof to lower the center of gravity

  • Available 6-speed manual transmission

  • M Drive allows driver customization of vehicle dynamics

  • Aggressive styling differentiates it from the standard 3 Series

  • BMW claims 0 to 62 in about 4.8 seconds

  • North American sales start in 2008

Introduction
The first-generation BMW M3, introduced twenty years ago, was powered by a 2.3L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 195 hp. Flared wheel arches and large spoilers (radical at the time for a street driven vehicle) differentiated the M3 from the standard versions of the BMW 3 Series. BMW specifically designed the M3 to homologate the car for Group A Touring Car racing so the coupe was light, nimble, and built to race. Popular with the public (nearly 18,000 units were sold), it was also a winner"many consider it the world's most successful racecar. Two decades later, with its first V8 powerplant, the fourth-generation 2008 BMW M3 takes a bow.

Model Lineup
Unlike the standard BMW 3 Series Coupe, offered with many different engine and suspension configurations, the M3 is only available with one powerplant"a Formula 1 inspired V8. Differentiating itself further from the standard BMW, the only exterior lines in common with the 3 Series Coupe are the two doors, trunk lid, windows, and headlights.

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