BMWs M Power division has been synonymous with performance. When you think of a four door performance sedan with incredible power and capable of pulling insane drifts along with staggering lap times, one car definitely springs to mind – the M3.
The M3 sedan and the M4 coupe (which is essentially a coupe version of the M3) will be launching on November 26, which will be a big day for thrill seekers and drivers with a heavy foot (including me). These cars share the same underpinnings of carbon-fibre which dramatically reduces the overall weight. The engine is also the same. The power mill is a 3.0litre, in-line 6 gulping air through twin turbochargers, producing 430bhp and a peak torque of 550Nm. This is a driver’s car so power will be sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. No, we will not get the 6-speed manual gearbox. It is mainly offered in the US and other markets, lucky them. Mind you, the dual clutch is no slouch; it takes just 4.3 seconds to send these cars across the 100kmph mark from standstill. Top speed – as is with all German cars – is restricted to 250kmph. The previous generation was powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine and the howl and wail which is music to any car guy’s ears will be sorely missed.
Performance is more than sprightly and the engine responds with alacrity at the lightest dab on the throttle. The power is laid to the pavement ferociously with burnouts, skid marks and drifts being a staple for the M3 owner. There are electronic aids present to let you harness the power effectively, like – Stability Clutch Control (SSC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). There are also three driving modes you can put the car in, Comfort – this mode softens the ride and makes cruising easier, Sport – if you’re feeling brave and want to have some fun and last but not the least, Sport Plus – use this mode if you just had an altercation with your wife and are feeling a wee bit more suicidal than usual. Just kidding fellas! Make sure this setting is used only on track days to get killer lap times.
The M5 is already available in India and retails less than Rs-1.3 crores (ex-showroom). The M3 and M4 Coupe will be brought to India as CBUs and we expect them to be priced between Rs-1 to 1.1 crore. Competition is available for these sports cars in the form of Audi’s RS5 and Mercedes C63 AMG. We will bring you the latest updates when they break. Please share your valuable comments below and let us know what you think.