Available as the E92 2-door coupé and the E93 2-door convertible, the V8 M3 is part of BMW’s 3 Series. Designed by Karl John Elmitt and Hans-Bruno Stark, these cars have some series power. The first model, the E90 4-door saloon was also available, but production of this model was discontinued in 2011. Transmission could vary between 6-speed manual or DCT transmission systems.
Meant to be part of the M4 Series, the E90 is fitted with a BMW S65 V8, producing an insane 309kW of power. In 2008, Motor Trend tested the acceleration of a 6-speed manual E90, showing its ability to go from 0-97km/h in a hair-raising 4.3s, matching the performance of an M3 Coupé.
Based on the E90, the E92 has a carbon-fiber roof, in addition to the same engine fitted in the E90 and DCT transmission, which Exotic Car Hacks refers to as “remarkable”, and enabling a smoother shift. In 2011, the E92 had a make-over to include a few minor interior modifications LED rear tail-lights.
Fitted with the same engine as the previous two models, the E93 is hindered by its 200kg hardtop, the added weight bringing down its performance. The seats are designed to reflect the sunlight, so drivers have the advantage of not suffering third degree burns to the butt when the roof is down. If you ask us, that almost makes up for the decreased performance!
BMW also offered a number of special editions, including the E90 M3 CRT and BMW M3 E92 Special Edition South African model. This South African model was to make up for us not getting the M3 GTS, another special edition. This model was only available in 3 colours and could produce 330kW of power, due to a couple of engine tweaks.
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