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.
BMW M3 E92, E90 AND E93.
FULL DRIVER ORIENTATION.
Irrespective of the choice of gearbox, the interior of the BMW M3 E92 radiates an M-typical sports car atmosphere: fine leather seats with strong lateral support, the sports steering wheel with contrasting stitching and the M Drive button, as well as the M specific driving dynamics buttons right next to the gear selector lever. In short: full driver orientation for maximum control in every situation.
BMW M3 CRT.
The BMW M3 CRT, a similarly powerful special model, followed in 2011, but with four doors. Just like the GTS, the M3 CRT’s 4.4-litre engine generates 450 hp, allowing it to sprint to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Produced only 67 times and painted exclusively in Silver Frost, this special model’s abbreviated letters refer to the unique material it incorporates in abundance: Carbon Racing Technology. With a CFRP engine bonnet and numerous other components made of this lightweight material, around 70 kilograms were saved compared to the production vehicle. A flap-controlled titanium exhaust system also contributed to the M3 CRT’s reduced weight – whilst simultaneously delivering an impressive sound.
BMW M3 DTM CHAMPION EDITION.
Even rarer than the M3 CRT is the BMW M3 E92 DTM Champion Edition, which was launched in 2012 to celebrate the numerous DTM victories and driver’s title won by Bruno Spengler. By the end of 2012, BMW Motorsport had achieved a total of 54 DTM race wins, and that is exactly the number of limited-edition models that were produced. In addition to the Frozen Black matt paint finish and carbon fibre flaps and gurney, various features in Dark Chrome and matt black wheels create a close relationship to the successful BMW M3 DTM.
SUCCESS IN MOTORSPORT.
SUCCESS IN MOTORSPORT.
BMW M3 GT2.
Its many technical innovations and sophisticated vehicle concept made the BMW M3 the perfect platform for motorsport. The car made its racing debut in the US in 2009 as the BMW M3 GT2, also known as the BMW M3 ALMS (American Le Mans Series). The newly developed V8 engine came at just the right time: with 357 kW (485 hp), the engine in the racing car delivered slightly more power than in the production version, but only differed from it in a few details. A kerb weight of 1,150 kilograms and a body optimised according to all rules of aerodynamics contributed to the car’s global success. From 2010, it was also used by Schnitzer Motorsport for the VLN Series at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring and the LMS Series at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The results spoke for themselves: it achieved its nineteenth overall victory at the Nürburgring, while it was the winner in its class at Spa.
BMW M3 GT4.
In spring 2009, BMW M presented the BMW M3 GT4 together with BMW Motorsport. As part of BMW's customer sports programme, the car was also to impress with its performance away from ALMS and endurance championships on countless racetracks around the world. The M3, which was built in accordance with GT4 regulations, was also equipped as standard with the V8 engine, which had an unlimited output of 450 hp.
BMW M3 DTM.
The BMW M3 DTM was not only the fastest racing car to have emerged to date in this series. With it, BMW also celebrated its re-entry into the DTM in 2012 – before then, the last time a BMW drove to victory in the German Touring Car Championship was in 1992. Even 20 years later, BMW M still had the right basic engine at the ready: the BMW M3 DTM was powered by a four-valve, naturally aspirated V8 engine with a displacement of 4.0 litres and 485 hp. It accelerated to 100 km/h in around three seconds and was only slowed down at around 300 km/h by the high downforce on its body. The construction of the DTM prototype consisted of a CFRP monocoque chassis with integrated 120-litre fuel tank. On his debut in 2012, Bruno Spengler won the driver’s title with this fast and superbly developed race car. The manufacturer’s and team championships were also claimed by BMW.