BMW M3 E90: comes V8 engine

The BMW M3 E46 set the bar very high and for the successor things were not going to be easy. But if there is something that characterized BMW M is build by legends of motorsport. Not only for a great record in the racing world, but by doing sports cars street most desirable of the moment.

And when it seemed that I had seen it all with the BMW M3 in the year 2000, comes 2007 to demonstrate that the BMW 3 Series still has room for evolution. A V8 engine, the first and last in a BMW M3 was designed for the new flagship sports-related of the small sedans of the Munich.


BMW M3 E90

it Was the year 2007, that thinking of cold not long ago to do this… Or yes? Because almost nine years have passed since that moment as the German manufacturer confirmed that 420 HP would be those that would move to the new beast. But not content with that tidbit of infarction, the engine of 4,000 cc was turned to 8.300 rpm to achieve that power.

Your weight in empty is of 1.605 Kg

of course, the acceleration dropped to 4.8 seconds in the sprint from 0-100 km/h and the maximum torque was 400 Nm to 3,900 rpm. Even with two more cylinders, the treatment of light metals managed to save 15 pounds compared to the BMW M3 of the previous generation, the weight of the propellant.

The double-VANOS was already more than settled in this generation, and in a time where electronics was already an intrinsic part of the automobile world, there was still space for a last BMW M3 atmospheric that put the chicken meat by its sensations at the wheel and the sound of your engine.


His behavior demanded a precision so high that the lubrication of the engine was prepared to withstand accelerations and displacement to the side of 1.4 times the force of gravity. A rocket that even the smallest detail had a thorough work on the part of the engineers.

Thanks to the techniques of fluid forming, the walls of the exhaust pipes were reduced to the minimum bearable for a pressure up to 800 bars. Of course, the roar resembled the racing.

The design of this car was specified with large air inlets (not even wearing antinieblas) to promote the cooling. Practically had a design of parts specific and in this generation we could see the magnificent rearview mirror dual-arm that has continued in the current generation.


Another identifying feature and that it put the willies was the roof of PRFC, a pioneer in the BMW M3 (with permission of the BMW M3 E46 CSL). Thanks to this incorporation, the center of gravity was even lower.

Not equates headlights antinieblas to promote the cooling of the engine

it Was in this generation when it gave life to the technology that is part of BMW EfficientDynamics today, as the recovery of energy during braking (Brake Energy Regeneration) to be able to provide electricity for the onboard network through the use of the energy produced by braking. Thanks to the measures applied, the V8 engine was able to confirm 12,4 l/100km of average consumption.

In the interior of the car continued to incorporating technology with the introduction of a display type Control Display and the first approximation of the BMW iDrive that is roulette to navigate for the menus of the car. The technological age had arrived, but the technical part that I am contributing to reduce the weight and maximize the experience behind the wheel, still had an ace in the sleeve.


The first generation of the iDrive to act of presence in the M3 E90

New automatic transmission: DKG

This secret letter was a new automatic change-happened of being called a SMG to be called DKG (with Drivelogic for more individualization on the part of the pilot). It was dual clutch, and to this day the favorite of BMW M. This first gearbox had six programs so that the driver selected the optimum and was prepared to withstand 9000 rpm. Also incorporated the possibility of making outputs using the ‘Launch Control’ that serves to optimise the acceleration to the maximum.

And as it could not be otherwise, the version Cabrio version and the sedan came to make company to which many have praised as the BMW M3 ultimate. The sedan had the particularity of inheriting the front of the Coupe and nearly had a specific development.

The technical data were similar in terms of consumption and acceleration, but it was easier to find a Coupe with a BMW M3 four-door in this generation (which is the version that has tested our companion Oscar in the experience BMW M3 a few days ago).


The V8 engine of the M3 E90

BMW M3 Cabrio (2008) had an important novelty is that for the first time, opted for the hardtop folding electric instead of by the canvas roof. Of course, the structural reinforcements and the roof (at the top in the Coupe was particularly light for the PRFC) emphasized the differences of weight up to 230 pounds.

BMW M3 E90 BMW M3 E90 Cabrio BMW M3 E90 GTS BMW M3 E90 CRT
Power 420 HP 420 HP 450 CV 450 CV
0-100 km/h 4.8 seconds 5,3 seconds 4.9 seconds 4.4 seconds
maximum Torque 400 Nm 400 Nm 440 Nm 440 Nm
V. maximum 250 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h 290 km/h
Weight 1.605 kg 1.885 kg 1.585 kg 1.585 kg

however, this version was still accelerating in some more than worthy of 5.3 seconds. Of course, this BMW M3 had its special version, and if the street car was already particularly powerful, his version known as the BMW M3 GTS, of competition, was even more. Its capacity is raised up to 4360m cc and power up to 450 HP.


The BMW M3 e93 had a metal roof

The rear sub-frame anchored to the chassis of the car, an adjustment of individual shock absorbers (depending on the circuit) and the 135 units built, make this BMW M in one of the most unique to date. In four-door, there was a version with a specific tuning called CRT, even more unique for having been built just 67 cars. Reached 290km/h (limited) and accelerated from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds with a weight of 1.585 Kg.