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The new BMW M3 Sedan

Snapshot: The new BMW M3 comes with better figures on the spec sheets and more usability - 4-doors

The launch of the BMW M3 Sedan brough about a new meaning to the term 'high-performance sports car'. It carries the BMW M philosophy over to the 5th generation of this sports car. Over 40,000 production models on the streets and tracks across the world hold testimony to the success of M models. This is the first time however, that a M series has been launched in a 4-door variant.

This move by BMW is to ensure more usability, while keeping the M-series DNA intact - the same performance and thrill when it is wanted, and usability when needed.

The M3 comes with a high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe produces a maximum output of 431 hp. Its peak torque of 550 N-m. These new figures are 40% higher than the previous model. The BMW M3 Sedan can hit speeds of 100 kmph in 4.1 seconds with the 'M Double Clutch Transmission' engaged. The interesting bit is that even with such improvements in the performance of the car, it actually has better figures in terms of fuel efficiency. It uses 25% lesser fuel and has better figures in terms of emissions as well.

The BMW M3 is lighter by 80 kgs compared to the previous model, and this is brought about by the use of lighter, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, and an aluminium chasis.

To bring out the character in the M3, it has been developed with BMW Motorsport's pro racing team.

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