The BMW M3 was not an attempt to produce a sporting flagship for a volume produced model range; instead it originated from the idea of developing a racing car for motor sport that would also be available in a road-going version. The selected category of racing was Group A production touring cars – as seen […]
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BMW Team RLL will participate in the Nov. 17-18 IMSA test at Daytona International Speedway marking the first public test of BMW’s latest endurance racing challenger, the BMW M6 GTLM.
BMW 328 Berlin-Rome Touring Roadster had a 1971cc, six-cylinder in-line engine. The engine produced 120 horsepower at 5500rpm. The car had four-speed manual gearbox and Alfin drum brakes. The weight of the car was 700kg and it could reach a top speed of 200km/h.
The new BMW M3 Sedan is powered by a six-in-line engine, as used on the second and third generation BMW M3 models. However, unlike those preceding models, this new one is turbocharged. Reaching a maximum 7,600 rpm, it is unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine.
In spring 1995, BMW M GmbH introduced a rather special version when it launched a strictly limited edition as the BMW M3 GT Coupe for homologation. BMW M3 GT Coupe was produced only in a limited edition of 350 cars.
In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.
The second generation BMW 3 Series was presented in 1982 presenting new design, optimised aerodynamics, more space and comfort, extra power and additional body and engine variants. The new car’s lines were significantly tauter and smoother than those of its predecessor, and its drag coefficient had been reduced by almost 15 per cent.
The new Competition Package has been developed with a keen eye on enhancing driving dynamics. It includes a power boost for the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine of 29 kW/40 hp over the standard unit, to 441 kW/600 hp. Peak torque also rises, from 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) in standard tune to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and is available across an extremely wide rev band – between 1,500 and 6,000 rpm.
In 1994, BMW M3 debuted as a four-door sedan. This car enabled BMW to meet the desires of a large number of customers for a compact, luxury saloon with the genes of a high-performance sports car. The four-door BMW M3 Sedan car was undoubtedly the most successful combination of sportiness and everyday road use that had been sold up to that point under the M3 badge.
Following the BMW M3 Coupe, and based on the four-seater BMW 3-Series Convertible, the new BMW M3 Convertible was launched in 1994. BMW M3 Convertible was fitted with a power-operated hood as standard. It also featured innovative safety technology.