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Story by Michael Ho

Since the third-generation M3 that was first introduced in year 2000, BMW has taken a massive leap in the design and technology—now the fourth-generation M3 is set to carry the world renowned M badge.

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With its remarkable 3.2L inline-six to its 4.0L V8, you’ll want to rev the engine up to the 8400 rpm redline just to hear the roar of 414 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This lightweight, high-revving engine delivers massive power with high response and precision. As one of the lightest and highest-revving mass-produced V8 engines in the world, it yields 24% more horsepower than the previous generation M3 and is 33 pounds lighter than the previous 6-cylinder engine.

The innovative M DCT Drivelogic 7-speed dual clutch transmission with precise and swift shift points is a new feature in this generation of the M3 and substitutes for the old SMG transmission. With new aluminum suspension for lightweight and strong performance, electronic damper control, and near 50/50 weight distribution, the new M3 easily takes control of all that

power around corners. These new features combine to mark the performance and control elements of the new M3.

From the exterior, the M3 can be easily differentiated from its siblings. The M3 features more muscular proportions and powerful wheel arches. Large intakes in the front air dam ventilate the enormous engine that punches a hump in the hood. It has a carbon-fibre reinforced roof and a two double tailpipe exhaust system; aerodynamically designed side view mirrors; and it sports the typical side gills that screams out its identity as the newest member of the powerful M family.

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Building upon the heritage of over 30 years of BMW performance excellence, with the 2008 M3 BMW has once again proven their position at the top of the podium of sports cars. With its exhilarating performance and outstanding control, its practicality and comfort, you can enjoy the pleasure of driving this car anywhere from the racetrack to the city. This is what makes BMW sports cars so dazzling. Besides the M3 Coupe and the M3 Sedan, the M3 Convertible also began production in April, and it features a unique retractable hardtop.

M3 customers can now choose between a manual gear box and a Dual Clutch Transmission called M DCT Drivelogic. BMW is the first manufacturer to offer this technology on a high-performance sports car. It offers instant, racing-style shifts via paddles on the steering wheel with no interruption in the delivery of power to the wheels. Its acceleration from 0 to 100km/h is 0.2 seconds faster than manual transmission. At the same time, it also enhances comfort, as gear changes are almost imperceptible in automatic mode.

Other attributes of the optional M DCT Drivelogic include improved fuel economy, which saves 1.4L fuel per 100 km than models with manual transmission. M DCT Drivelogic will start production from June 2008 and will be available in all three M3 models.

To add more sophistication, MDrive Package, Executive Package, Audiophile Sound Package and Extended Novillo Leather are optional equipments, too. The new BMW M3 is bound to be the most stunning and powerful sports car of its generation.

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