• Nov 17, 2006
It's been rumored for some time that the new 400 HP, V8-powered BMW M3 would likely be available in sedan form. We haven't seen much in the way of proof of such a beast existing, until now.
Three shots of the hi-po four-door surfaced today over at the German Car Scene, which upon first inspection don't lend much to their credibility. That's until you check the rear undercarriage shot that sports the M-specific quad exhaust outlets and vaned rear differential.

It's unclear when and where this M3 sedan will make its debut, as the M3's unveiling is expected later in 2007 and another variant would likely come around at later date.

[Source: German Car Scene]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      400 HP, V8

      What took them so long? They should have done this three years ago. Now they are going to land smack in the middle of a dog-fight.

      Cost is going to be their biggest enemy. No way I'd buy this model M3 over an '08 CTS-V, even if the V didn't cost 10 - 15 thousand dollars less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 Ant -

      Well, first of all none of us have weights yet, so 500lbs is at best a guess. Second, both cars are already so heavy that it doesn't really matter. The M-cars get their kicks through power, not tossability.

      #11 Tommy -

      Oh yeah, I must be making stupid comments. After all NO ONE EVER CALLS THE BOXSTER THE I-CANT-AFFORD-A-911-MOBILE. Nope, not 80 billions car guys and 2 million automag writers worldwide.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Survey says: 335diesel xi [one can hope]

      The N54 in the 3 series coupe has only one outlet per muffler and has an interconnecting pipe between mufflers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Cost is going to be their biggest enemy. No way I'd buy this model M3 over an '08 CTS-V, even if the V didn't cost 10 - 15 thousand dollars less."

      Really? I mean it looks ugly but not CTS-V ugly. And while the BMW interiors are not nearly as good as Audi's, they are sure as heck better than GM's.

      I am sure I would take this car over a CTS, and I am not a fan of BMW by any stretch. Not to knock the Cadillac too hard, it's got solid performance, but at the end of the day it's a Cadillac. It lacks a lot of the refinement in places such as the gearbox, clutch, steering and throttle response. It's not just a game of numbers on paper. The car has to be fun to drive every day, I think for the money the new M3 will be much better.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I not going to say it's not an M-3 sedan, but I am going to say, " What the hell happened to it?" either this is an older new body style 3-series, or they have been beating the hell out of this test car. Look at those tail pipes! That should'nt happen to a new car, even if it driven hard, right?

      And why would someone leave a secret test car uncovered at a dock. It looks like it's on a podium, you might as well put little lights all around it and a sign saying "Please take many pictures, share them with everyone!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike/#2 -

      The M3 Sedan will weigh at least 500 pounds less than the M5 and will have a similar power-to-weight ratio. Thus M3 Sedan == funner-to-drive M5.

      --tony
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike - get real...please. The M3 has never been a "I can't afford an M5". M5s and M3s are very different in character and purpose - always have been. The 3 is a lot sportier option than a 5, M trim or otherwise. Generation for generation you can make the same argument/comparison.
      • 8 Years Ago
      M3 sedan = I can't afford an M5. Lame.

      The E46 had it right. The M3 should have two doors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The M3 Sedan is nothing new really. I caught one testing on the central coast of California, and I got photos to prove it too. I chased it for a while, and I got plenty of pictures too, anyone care to see?
      • 8 Years Ago
      one of the most glaring design flaw, also a bangle legacy, is the division of the kidney grill. that is just wrong.
      by the way, saw a silver new series coupe driving to work this morning. at first, from the distance behind it, i thought it was a 2-door honda civic from 1999.
      terrible design.
      i doubt the m3 will much better.
      i guess i will stick with my e46 m3 for now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought the next M3 will come in as a Coupe (E92) and a Sedan (E90).

      Older/Other shots here:
      http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12853&highlight=m3+sedan
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mr_Oak:

      If I were on the market for an entry-level luxo-sport sedan, I would be with you on that. The CTS-V won't match the new M3 in handling, speed, or interior, but the M3's extra cost will hurt it. (Realistically speaking, this thing will run for what a Carrera S does when you factor in dealer charges and options.)

      A four-door M3 is as deplorable as a four-door Civic Si. Whoops. Stick with coupes.
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