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BMW M3 Sedan (E90) 2008-2011

Segment: Medium
Production years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The fourth generation of the M3 and the third generation of the four-door M3 was introduced in 2007 and it was the benchmark in the sport-sedan market. It was the car to beat.

The M3 history started in the '80s with a car built for the street to receive the FIA type approval for the track. The successful E30 M3 was produced only as a two-door vehicle and its successor, the E36 M3, received a four-door version. After that, all of the other M3s were available like that as well as coupe or convertible.

The M3 sedan was easy to differentiate from a standard sedan. In the front, there was a new bumper with a larger grille in the center and two air-dams on the sides. The hood featured a bulge, needed to make room for the bigger engine. From the side, new door mirrors were installed and in the back, four exhaust placed closer to the center were revealed under the bumper.

Inside, the car featured the three colors from the Motorsport GmBH: blue, dark blue, and red, stitched to the upholstery, on the steering wheel and the instrument cluster. The M3 logo was shown as well. The bucket-seats for the front passengers offered a high level of grip in the cornering for its occupants.

But the magic of the M3 was underneath its skin. A 4.0-liter V8 engine in the front sent its power via a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox (dual-clutch). The car was quicker to 100 kph (62 mph) by 0.2 seconds when equipped with the automatic gearbox. The perfect balance and weight distribution granted a great level of cornering speed.

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BMW M3 Sedan (E90) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.0 V8 6MT (420 HP)
  • 4.0 V8 7AT (420 HP)
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BMW M3 Sedan (E90) 4.0 V8 6MT (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0 V8 6MT (420 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3999 cm3
Power
309 KW @ 8300 RPM
420 HP @ 8300 RPM
414 BHP @ 8300 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
400 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
High-rewing concept with single butterflies, dual-Vanos, oil supply optimised for driving dynamics, ion flow anti-knock contro
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 6 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 245/40 ZR18, Rear: 265/40 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.3 in (4580 mm)
Width
70.8 in (1798 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.6/60.6 in (1,539/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
108.6 in (2758 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3538 lbs (1605 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4740 lbs (2150 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.3 mpg US (17.7 L/100Km)
Highway
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Combined
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
290 g/km

BMW M3 Sedan (E90) 4.0 V8 7AT (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0 V8 7AT (420 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3999 cm3
Power
309 KW @ 8300 RPM
420 HP @ 8300 RPM
414 BHP @ 8300 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
400 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
High-rewing concept with single butterflies, dual-Vanos, oil supply optimised for driving dynamics, ion flow anti-knock contro
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
seven-speed M Double-Clutch Gearbox with Drivelogic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 245/40 ZR18, Rear: 265/40 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.3 in (4580 mm)
Width
70.8 in (1798 mm)
Height
57 in (1448 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.6/60.6 in (1,539/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
108.6 in (2758 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3583 lbs (1625 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4740 lbs (2150 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.8 mpg US (15.9 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
263 g/km
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