The BMW M3 of new generation has been one of the most awaited BMW of the last few years. The 3 Series was renewed in 2012 and in response to the new philosophy of the brand, there is no longer a BMW M3 Coupe, but a BMW M4 (the coupe and convertible of the 3 Series, now called the BMW 4 Series; even have dared to launch a coupe, five-door under the name ‘Gran Coupe’). Therefore, if we now speak of BMW M3 exclusively what we are doing in the version sedan.
BMW M3 F80 (2014)
The History of the BMW M3 was going to receive a slight change due to the new demands of the market, which forced them to introduce a new major change in the motorization of the car: this is the first BMW M3/M4 that uses engine BMW M TwinPower turbo. Overfeeding is a turn of philosophy, but a necessary modification.
Goodbye atmosphere, this is the first M3 with a turbocharged engine
The motor returns to be inline six-cylinder and 3.0-liter biturbo engine that ensures delivery of power and torque from virtually the beginning of the tachometer.
In this BMW M3 has inherited, not only what they learned from the previous generations, but also of the new brand, BMW i, which has nothing to do with the philosophy of BMW M.
In particular, the legacy has been the intensive treatment of PRFC (plastic reinforced with carbon fiber) in many parts of the vehicle in the best of cases, the BMW M4 approves an empty weight of 1.497 kg.
Precisely, any racing driver will tell you that it is not better to increase the power, but dividing the weight, and therefore has not been chosen by a power close to 500 HP as it would have done its rivals, but for a few modest 431 HP, eleven HP more than the BMW M3 E90.
The fuel consumption has been reduced by 25%
This propellant delivers maximum power between 5,500 and 7.300 rpm, while maximum torque, of 550 Nm (+40% vs E90) is available from a range of very low speed and stays above 5,000 rpm.
With all of this is achieved by an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 4,1 seconds and a limited speed to 250 km/h or 280 km/h with the pack of competition. Turbocharging and the new step to the six cylinders have been reduced in a 25% consumption, homologando of 8.3 l/100km in mixed cycle.
|BMW M3 F8 2012|
|0-100 km/h||4.3 seconds|
|maximum Torque||550 Nm|
|V. maximum||250 km/h|
The BMW M3 F80 maintains its four exhaust outlets
The design of the car is totally radical with a air tickets very marked or a grid of rods for double kidney front. The optics are together for the first time to the kidneys and the xenon light can be replaced for the first time by a modern LED lighting.
The mirrors are double-joint, as in the previous generations, as well as the ceiling in the PRFC that can be replaced by a conventional one-on-equip solar roof… but we prefer the option of series.
The wheels are 18 inches as standard, but can be replaced by a 19-inch five-arm double, with two colors available. There is No more supply, but they are exclusive, as some of his paintings exterior: Austin Yellow or Yas Marina Blue, the colors of launch of BMW M4 and BMW M3, respectively.
Detail of the bumper and the ceramic brakes of the BMW M3 F80
The brakes are already powerful and effective if we talk about series, it can be replaced by a carbocerámicos (to be distinguished by being of a larger size and have a gag yellow instead of blue).
The behavior of the DKG gearbox can be configured with three parameters
At the time of driving the BMW M3/M4, one can choose at no extra cost between a manual gearbox of six speeds or the transmission M DKG second-generation. The manual weighs 12 kilos less than the previous one and is more compact.
in Addition, it incorporates a system that adapts the speed of the lower gear that it wants to engage. For the automatic transmission DKG, there are three positions that change the parameters of the gearbox, with one especially dedicated to the biggest requirements of a circuit (that is something sharp in the road, where it is better to adopt the intermediate position, very smooth and fast operation).
Precisely for the same price not unlikely to think that we will see a few BMW M3/M4 with manual gearbox in our country, but it is that even with the price premium compensates for opting for this transmission so good and effective that is.
The steering and suspension can also be configured
And in addition, thanks to her, we have available the function ‘Launch Control’ and for the first time, the function ‘Smokey Burnout’ to take advantage of the maximum output leaving the slide slightly to the rear wheels to best showcase the powerful qualities of the car.
The address is electro-mechanical but does not lose sense of being direct, and allows us to configure it in three positions: COMFORT, SPORT AND SPORT +. The suspension adaptive, also allows for these adjustments, and the engine can be configured with three modes to meet the specific needs of the driver and can behave appropriately in function of the time.
With these buttons you can configure the response of the engine, suspension and steering
BMW M3 F80 technology, iDrive (roulette, which manages the central screen) and with a high-resolution display with BMW ConnectedDrive that are a series of telematic services among others have a personal assistant or traffic information in real time. This technology allows you to include applications to measure the times at circuit and even to interact with action cameras GoPro.
The seats are bucket with the logo embedded in the center and lit, and of course the use of the materials receiving the treatment more care of BMW for the latest generation of the BMW M3/M4.
The BMW M3, in 2015, has received a small facelift in alignment with the BMW 3 Series, but the most relevant changes that has been done has been the inclusion of LTE networks and new drivers rear.
The anagram of the seats lights
of course, we could not dismiss a special BMW M3 without talking about the radical version to be released in 2016 under the last name GTS is available with four doors, and that is why it is called BMW M4 GTS.
No rear seats, cage, rear seats, bucket, seatbelts six points and water injection that allows you to technically have more power, this car will only be available in a print-run of 700 units can be configured in four colors.
Still no prices for Spain, makes a time of 7:28 at the Nürburgring and is, possibly, the BMW M’s most anticipated of recent years. Does your power? 500 HP. Does your aesthetic? Simply stunning with the back spoiler, the lip removable front and the nuances in color, Acid Orange.
For now, here ends the History of the BMW M3 and the five generations that we’ve reviewed in previous articles. What’s your favourite?