The new BMW M models begin a new chapter in the fascinating history of
high-performance sports cars from Germany. The BMW M3 Sedan and the
BMW M4 Coupé are sharing pole position. Their
DNA is rooted in a combination of motorsports genes with full daily driving
functionality. Compared with their predecessors, these models deliver superior
performance with a newly developed high-revving, straight six-cylinder engine
with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivering 425 hp.
The suspension and drivetrain of each M automobile are precision tuned to harmonize with the performance characteristics of the engine. Optimized weight also enhances the overall performance characteristics of these vehicles. Lighter weight is achieved with a one-piece driveshaft made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which reduces the rotating mass for better gas pedal response.
M3 Sedan's Low-Slung Stance
The new BMW M3 Sedan features a low-slung and broad-set, yet finely balanced, stance on the road, highlighting the emphasis on performance capability in the emotional development of M design. Large air intakes at the front end, exposed carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components and the diffuser at the muscular rear end are far from mere design flourishes; they also fulfill functional roles in terms of aerodynamics, cooling and weight saving.
Climbing into the 2015 BMW M3, drivers will be greeted by the interior architecture familiar from the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series, complete with unimpeachable ergonomics and clear driver focus. In keeping with the character of the M model, however, the interior fulfils an even more sharply defined sporting brief. To this end, the host of traditional BMW M equipment details includes M door sill finishers, an M driver's footrest, M gearshift lever, M-design circular instruments with white graphics, M leather steering wheel with chrome trim, color contrast stitching and electroplated look shift paddles (if the M DCT gearbox is specified).
The front seats also represent an evocative expression of BMW M's motor sport genes. Taking visual inspiration from the bucket seats fitted in racing cars, the seats feature a full-size single-piece back panel. This means the construction of the seats is very flat, while the high, width-adjustable side bolsters and low-set seat surface allow an ideal seating position and provide excellent support. Despite their undeniably sporty design, the BMW M sports seats can be specified as an option with comfort-enhancing features including electric adjustment and heating.
Drivers of the new BMW M3 can look forward to piloting their car from behind a double-spoke M leather steering wheel. The M logo, chrome trim and color contrast stitching are central elements of the cabin's racing ambience. Both models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission is available as an option. M DCT allows the driver to change gears using either the selector lever on the center console or the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.