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TRD Rs200 07-09-2013 12:43 PM

BMW builds last ever M3 Coupe
 
http://images.freshnessmag.com/wp-co...w-m3-coupe.jpg

BMW builds last ever M3 Coupe - BBC Top Gear

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It had to be orange. Of all the colours this BMW M3 Coupe could have been, orange feels the most correct. This is because BMW has announced production of the ‘E92' M3 Coupe is over, and that car in picture number 1 above is the very, last, one.

A moment of silence then, for the end of a modern performance hero. It's the car, don't forget, that prompted Jeremy to don his finest Bluetooth earpiece and announce that the V8 M3 Coupe was in fact, "a masterpiece".

And what a V8. A lot of adenoids burst when BMW first launched the new M3 in 2007, because gone was the old 3.2-litre straight-six - a shrieking masterstroke of combustion - and in came a 4.0-litre V8. A V8? In an M3? Yes. And it worked rather well.

It produced 420bhp and 295lb ft of torque, could hit 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds (4.6 with the double-clutch auto ‘box) and was good for a limited top speed of 155mph. It also won the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre class of the International Engine of the Year Awards five times in a row, and when provoked, made a sound good enough to make parts of your anatomy fizz.

It wasn't perfect - that 1,655kg kerbweight meant the M3 had officially become a podgy old thing - but it handled like a hooligan, and that gets a big TG Thumbs Up.

A few special edition coupes appeared during its six-year run: the bombastic 4.4-litre, 450bhp GTS (also quite orange), with its track-orientation and monster rear wing; the M3 DTM Champion Edition, with a limited run of 54 models (one for each of BMW's DTM race victories) and the lovely BMW M3 GT2 Art Car created by Jeff Koons.

Sad to see it go? Over 40,000 Coupes were built, but it's the last of the line for the ‘M3' badge on the two-door, because the next one will be called the ‘M4', after the new 4-Series Coupe. Which means the long history the E30, E36 and E46 generation coupes have built is now at an end.

Have a click through the gallery and tell us which was your favourite version of the M3 Coupe (and you can't all say ‘E30'). Then, let us know what you'd like to see from the next M4. Super lightweight body, buzzy, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot with rear-wheel-drive and no power assistance... wishful thinking?

Energy 07-09-2013 12:51 PM

Goodbye E92 M3! Goodbye to the high revving NA V8, you will be missed.

freakshow 07-09-2013 12:56 PM

they're still making verts till sept :)

bcrdukes 07-09-2013 01:02 PM

Maybe they will bring back a sedan M3. :troll:
Spoiler!

Timpo 07-09-2013 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Energy (Post 8277620)
Goodbye E92 M3! Goodbye to the high revving NA V8, you will be missed.

:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

trollguy 07-09-2013 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bcrdukes (Post 8277627)
Maybe they will bring back a sedan M3. :troll:
Spoiler!

i actually prefer the sedan versions :whistle:

Presto 07-09-2013 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8277711)
:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

Damnit, Timpo. You make me click a whole bunch, hoping the fail button would pop up, at least, one more time.

twitchyzero 07-09-2013 03:56 PM

what if they put a NA V8 in this chassis...imagine the possibrulities

http://www.forcegt.com/wp-content/up...M4-Coupe-1.jpg

dangonay 07-09-2013 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8277711)
:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

Sorry, but making a 4 banger hit 9,000 RPM is much easier to do than a V8. The BMW, Ferrari or Audi V8's are infinitely cooler than an S2000.
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JoshuaWong 07-09-2013 04:09 PM

If the M4 is anything like what the F10 M5 did to the E60 M5, it would utterly destroy the E92 in every way possible. At the same time, the V10/V8 twins born from the BMW Sauber F1 legacy would live on as probably the golden age of M naturally aspirated motors. No new M cars will ever feel/sound just like it.



No offense, but I find the new M5 pretty sedate. Its devastatingly fast but as an experience, it doesn't floor me quite like an E60 M5 or the V10 M6. I am guessing the same will happen to the M4.

tofu1413 07-09-2013 04:34 PM

the NA V10 and V8... dat exhaust note :sweetjesus:

BMW135i 07-09-2013 06:43 PM

Can't wait to see the M4 Coupe in action

Stiig 07-09-2013 09:07 PM

Do you guys think the e92 m3 will increase in value (just like the e30 are climbing up in price now) in a few years?

Recently got my e92 m3 and im loving it!

Marshall Placid 07-09-2013 10:48 PM

Can't wait to spot a new 4, or M4.

It's too bad the new M4 is reputed to NOT have a NA V8.

On the other hand, the specs. (reported specs) seem to be high torque and high HP.

OH yeah.

twitchyzero 07-09-2013 11:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stiig (Post 8277962)
Do you guys think the e92 m3 will increase in value (just like the e30 are climbing up in price now) in a few years?

Recently got my e92 m3 and im loving it!

E30 is a limited production car...E92 isn't
E90 could possibly see appreciation 15 years + down the road

Quote:

Originally Posted by slowguy (Post 8277727)
i actually prefer the sedan versions :whistle:


not sure why this post got failed

Timpo 07-09-2013 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dangonay (Post 8277753)
Sorry, but making a 4 banger hit 9,000 RPM is much easier to do than a V8. The BMW, Ferrari or Audi V8's are infinitely cooler than an S2000.
Posted via RS Mobile

9,000rpm is possible with V10

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....lfa-review.jpg

teekaywok 07-10-2013 12:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8278130)
9,000rpm is possible with V10




and how much MORE does that cost from a Ferrari, BMW, or Audi?

Gumby 07-10-2013 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8277711)
:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

Dude, he said HIGH revving, not HIGHEST. If he said HIGHEST, then your post would have some merit. You can't deny that a redline of 8300 rpm is not HIGH.

jpark 07-10-2013 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slowguy (Post 8277727)
i actually prefer the sedan versions :whistle:

why did this post get failed?

trollguy 07-10-2013 10:19 AM

lol! wormiez is a friend of mine, i fail his crap all the time. hahah.

guess hondaracer prefers the coupe :)

Ferra 07-10-2013 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8277711)
:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

http://db78fpdv50x5a.cloudfront.net/.../FZR250R_4.jpg
Yamaha FZR250 (from 20+ years ago)
Redline: 18,500rpm
Bottom line, Yamaha RULES :troll:

In all seriousness, you can't compare a 2L engine with a 4L engine.
RPM limit has more to do with engine size than V8 vs L4..

Everymans 07-10-2013 07:25 PM

They should have made it a dramatically ridiculous version of the m3. Something awesome and purely special for the finale. Try and fit one of those v10's in there and slap on some crazy fenders/rims/spoiler/hood and sell it for a pretty penny. go out with a bang.

Timpo 07-10-2013 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Everymans (Post 8278624)
They should have made it a dramatically ridiculous version of the m3. Something awesome and purely special for the finale. Try and fit one of those v10's in there and slap on some crazy fenders/rims/spoiler/hood and sell it for a pretty penny. go out with a bang.

And it'll still get smoked by the GT-R. Thus, no point.

Not really racist! 07-11-2013 01:16 AM

Was waiting for Timpo to post something bout a GT-R.....

always his go-to to when he goes full potato

Mancini 07-11-2013 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timpo (Post 8277711)
:suspicious:

BMW M3
Redline: 8,300rpm

Honda S2000
Redline: 9,000rpm

Bottom line, HONDA RULES

Honda even beats Ferrari's first 9,000rpm car on the road.
Sorry Ferrari, But Honda Beat You To The First Production 9,000 RPM Car

My old low-tech EX250 had a 14,000 rpm redline. Do you really think it's better than the cars you mentioned for this reason?

And you're drawing direct comparisons about what is possible by using a car with the cost of the LFA? That works against your point, doesn't it?


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