2015 BMW M3, it seems as BMW has blown it this time

2015-05-08 11:33:36
2015 BMW M3, it seems as BMW has blown it this time
2015 BMW M3, it seems as BMW has blown it this time

The latest M3 of the F80 generation is collecting lots of hate messages on the internet which is primarily pointing towards its engine specification.  For the Bavarian Engine Factories, engines are holy subjects and the money you pay for the M cars is partly for the special engines they are fitted with, and BMW blows it with the latest M3.


The 3.0 Liter six-cylinder turbo engine you find in the M3 looks very much like the dead one fitted in the 35i everyday BMW. It seems as if the M3 has been off-loaded with an engine that has been assembled from the parts-bin. If it has happened then, God is no more and has just instigated a war. But a close look, however, reveals something else, that is a double turbo engine named S55 which is brand new and it is as special as any engine of M3 that had been conjured before it. The new design sports two intercoolers, a magnesium oil pan and a rigid closed deck-block.  It generates 425 horses at the rate of 7300 rpm and 406 pounds of thrust at 1850 rpm and it produces an engine noise resembling deep rumble that will make you quiver, unlike the other turbocharged lumps with cotton stuffing. There is a nominal increase of 11 horses over the earlier 4.0 Liter V-8 but the torque is bulging with an extra 111 pounds. Just one blast of thunder is what it takes to realize that you are not riding a M3 that is not special.  Apart from the turbochargers, the F80 is also less in weight than the previous, and it is more than using high-strength steel, aluminum, and carbon though they are employed liberally. BMW has shaved off flesh from where ever it can scratch off even if it’s a gram. The part that lost substantial weight is the drive shaft made of carbon fiber, less by 12 pounds compared to 435i. The rear axle flanges too have lost to the tune of a pound each and these has made the sedan weighing 3580 pounds lose 100. The S55 engine was married to a six-speed m annual borrowed from M 1-series but not before it is upgraded with twin disc installation and synchros. Adding extra power and shedding extra weight has not made the M3 quicker any significantly over the E90. Careful throttling combined with controlled torque use brings 4.1 seconds timing to the 0-60mph and a quarter mile timing of 12.4 seconds, which make the new M3 0.2 seconds quicker over the old car in the quarter and on top of it with the short sprint. The steering may come under fire as it does not offer any feedback, but the M3 still manages communication.  It is spectacular with the brake pedal feel, and it needs just tiny pressure to respond in short travels. Out test vehicle cost an extra $21,725 which gave carbon ceramic brakes upgrade worth $8150, full leather interior spread for $2650 and adaptive suspension for $1k. After adding some more packages, the car collected a grand $84,650 but you can still get better cars for less than $70,000.

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