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FOR THE LOVE OF MOTORSPORT.FOR THE LOVE OF MOTORSPORT.

FOR THE LOVE OF MOTORSPORT.

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BMW M3 E92, E90 and E93.

A powerful V8 engine wasn't the only special feature that the 2007 BMW M3 had to offer. A portrait.

10 September 2020

In the autumn of 2007, BMW M launched the fourth generation BMW M3 E92 sports coupé. Two further launches followed in 2008, as the high-performance vehicle was made available in three body styles: the E92 Coupé, the E93 Convertible and, for the first time since the E36, as the E90 Sedan. Just like their predecessors, the models set new standards in terms of technology and driving dynamics. But one new feature in particular was to make the headlines: never before had the BMW M3 been powered by an eight-cylinder engine.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

  • Fourth generation of the BMW M3
  • Production period: 2007 to 2013
  • V8 engine with high speed concept
  • Max. output: 309 kW (420 hp)
  • Introduction of the M Drive System
Blauer BMW M3 E92Blauer BMW M3 E92

UNIQUE M.

8.300 rpm8.300 rpm

8.300 rpm

With its high-reving capability, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93 provides a motorsport feeling and outstanding performance. At this rev speed, each of the eight pistons covers a distance of 20 metres per second.

V8 ENGINE FROM MOTOR RACING.

The V8 engine oft the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93.The V8 engine oft the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93.
The V8 engine oft the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93.

Another visual highlight of the fourth-generation BMW M3 is the particularly pronounced power dome on its bonnet. As well as giving the sports car a muscular appearance, its striking shape has a tangible purpose: to accommodate the eight-cylinder engine powering the BMW M3. This engine is the S65B40, which brought with it more cylinders, more displacement, more power, and more revs.

INSPIRATION FROM FORMULA 1.

2008: Nick Heidfeld drives the BMW Sauber F1.08.2008: Nick Heidfeld drives the BMW Sauber F1.08.
2008: Nick Heidfeld drives the BMW Sauber F1.08.

As is typical for BMW M, the V8 engine features numerous technologies such as double VANOS, individual throttle valves and powerful engine electronics. At the same time, the number of cylinders, the M high-rev concept and the low weight of only 202 kilograms indicate that the M engineers were inspired by the BMW Sauber Formula 1 team’s eight-cylinder engine.

202 kg

is what the S65B40 weighs. That not only makes it extremely light – it also makes it 15 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, which only had six cylinders.

SOFTWARE MEETS M POWER.

SHIFT FASTER.

M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic of the BMW M3 E90, E92 und E93.M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic of the BMW M3 E90, E92 und E93.
M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic of the BMW M3 E90, E92 und E93.

 

The M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic launched in 2008 illustrates the interaction of modern software and precise mechanics particularly well: the newly developed M DKG transmission featured seven gears and eleven electronically controlled drive programs. Six of these were intended for manual mode via the shift paddles. Launch control for maximum acceleration from a standing start is also available. The drive programs can be configured by the driver, saved and then recalled by pressing the M Drive button. The transmission’s complex cooling system also ensures stability suitable for the racetrack. All in all, the M DKG played a major role in the overall performance of the model; up until this point, no BMW M3 has been able to transfer drive power from the engine to the wheels faster. For advocates of pure driving, the manual six-speed transmission was of course still available.

BMW M3 E93BMW M3 E93
BMW M3 E93: The luxury of open-top driving meets the driving dynamics of a BMW M3.

FULL DRIVER ORIENTATION.

SPECIAL MODELS.SPECIAL MODELS.

SPECIAL MODELS.

BMW M3 GTS.

BMW M3 GTS.

Numerous special models were made during the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93’s production period. 2010’s BMW M3 E92 GTS attracted particular attention, and not only due to its Fire Orange paint finish: the special model also achieved a maximum output of 450 hp from its larger 4.4-litre engine. A roll cage, coilover suspension and a striking rear spoiler were just three of the features that made this highly limited-edition car an uncompromising sports machine. Without a rear seat bench and by using lighter materials in the door panels and polycarbonate for the rear windows, it saved around 50 kilograms of weight. If customers also chose the free option of dispensing with the audio system and automatic climate control, it weighed in at just 1,530 kilograms. The resultant driving performance was correspondingly high: the GTS accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, reaching an impressive maximum speed of 305 km/h.

3,4 kg/hp

the power-to-weight ratio of the BMW M3 GTS is one of the reasons why this model has such outstanding driving dynamics.

BMW M3 CRT.

BMW M3 DTM CHAMPION EDITION.

SUCCESS IN MOTORSPORT.SUCCESS IN MOTORSPORT.

SUCCESS IN MOTORSPORT.

BMW M3 GT2.

BMW M3 GT4.

BMW M3 DTM.

BMW M3 ART CAR.BMW M3 ART CAR.

BMW M3 ART CAR.

THE BMW M3 ART CAR BY JEFF KOONS.

Jeff Koons mit dem BMW M3 GT2 Art CarJeff Koons mit dem BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy. You can participate with it, add to it and let yourself transcend with its energy. There is a lot of power under that hood and I want to let my ideas transcend with the car – it’s really to connect with that power.
Jeff Koons
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE.NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE.

NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE.

The BMW M3 E92.

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