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BMW M3 and M4 at the Detroit Motor Show: 430 hp from the six-pack

BMW M3 and M4 at the Detroit Motor Show
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Gone are the days of the high-revving V8, also in the new M-Boliden from Munich, which were shown on the NAIAS are giving their world premiere, downsizing is the order of the day. An in-line six-cylinder now provides a fire under the aluminum bonnets of the BMW M3 and BMW M4.

11 hp more, two cylinders less

The three-liter unit, derived from the N55 engine, is fluffed up by two turbochargers. This means that the BMW M3 and M4 have 431 hp at 5,500 rpm. and a full 550 Nm of torque, which is already achieved at 1,850 rpm. concern, ready. 11 HP more power and 150 Nm more torque should comfort even the most hardened M fans over the loss of two cylinders. Despite immense power from the cellar, the six-cylinder does not shy away from high revs. Up to 7,600 rpm. It can be.

Shifting takes place as standard using a manual six-speed gearbox with an automated double-declutching function. For a surcharge, the six-cylinder can also be coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which was borrowed from the M5 /M6 models. An active limited slip differential is always on board. When manually switched, the new M models should spurt from zero to 100 km /h in 4.3 seconds.

BMW M3 and M4 regulate 250 things

With the DKG, the spurt times should be even drop to 4.1 seconds. The DKG also has gadgets such as launch control and a burn-out mode. In terms of standard consumption, too, the DKG variants are just ahead of the curve with 8.3 to 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers. There is always a tie when it comes to top speed. At 250 km /h it is electronically limited. With the optional Driver's Package, it can also be 280 km /h.

The Bavarians have also looked to the limit when it comes to the weight of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4. BMW claims to have slimmed down a full 83 kilograms of the ready-to-drive curb weight. It should have been less than 1,500 kilograms. For this purpose, the roofs and cardan shafts were made from carbon fiber laminate, the tailgate of the M4 is also made from CFRP. There are also numerous chassis components made of forged aluminum and the standard 18-inch forged wheels with 255/40 tires at the front and 275/40 tires on the rear axle.

Prices for the BMW M3 start at 71,500 euros

Of course, the BMW M3 and M4 also differ optically from the more civilized variants. TheFront aprons have cleverly designed air control elements that are intended to optimize the flow to various coolers for water, oil and charge air as well as to the brakes. The latter are also optionally available as a ceramic version. The rear of the M3 and M4 is characterized by a diffuser apron with an integrated four-pipe sports exhaust system. The M4 has its spoiler lip integrated into the boot lid, the M3 got it attached. Another carbon delicacy can be found under the bonnet. A carbon arch around the engine ensures more rigidity.

Carbon fiber also characterizes the interior design of the BMW M3 and M4 models. There is also a sports steering wheel and sports seats.

And BMW answers the question about the price as follows: The M3 is available from 71,500 euros, the two-door M4 is available from 72,200 euros.


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