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12 Jan 2015 | Text by Nicholas Low, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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Peak Performer

Blessed with more practicality than the two-door M4 coupe, the M3 combines the desirability of a performance sports car with everyday driveability.


Like most of the cars we have in Singapore, we hear, see (in pictures) and read a lot about them before we even see them in the flesh. Naturally, there are some cars that we can't wait to lay our fingers on. 

The new BMW M3 is one of them.

Feeding on a diet of low-weight aluminium and exotic carbon fibre, the new M3 is 80kg lighter than the one before

BMW has promised that its new performance sedan is much better (of course). But raising the brows of car nuts across the globe is a new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit under the hood, which replaces the previous 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V8.
 
We wouldn't bore you with the bolts and nuts of the new engine. The mill may seem suspiciously similar to that in the 335i, but it gets entirely new ancilliaries and a new setup. The result is better performance (five more horses and 150Nm more torque than the predecessor) despite being down in capacity.

Exterior

As we picked up the M3 from the dealership, the new car stood there - as if it owned the place. Even when parked next to similarly-fast and equally-flamboyant counterparts, the M3's muscular stance is, at the same time, eye-catching and mouth-watering.

We still have vivid memories of the BMW M4 - the M3's two-door coupe twin, which we tested a couple of months ago. But there are subtle differences. The sedan is 7mm wider than the coupe (although we couldn't spot where the extra inches went to), and 47mm taller.


'Yas Marina Blue' on the new M3 looks dangerously close to Comfort taxis, but is strikingly good when viewed in the flesh
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Car Information

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BMW M Series M3 Sedan 3.0 (A)
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Price

: $392,800

Engine Type

:

6-cylinder in-line M TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

2979cc

Horsepower

:

321kW (431 bhp) / 7300 rpm

Torque

:

550 Nm / 5500 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) M double-clutch

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

4.1sec

Top Speed

:

250km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12 km/L

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