With the focus lately on the new BMW F80 M3 and BMW F82 M4, we decided it would be nice to change it up a bit by taking a look at the previous generation BMW E90 M3. This photoshoot by Thomas Van Rooij Photography gives us a 360 view of the elegant E90 M3 sedan.
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The E90 M3 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) shown here can be easily recognized by the new front and rear lights and some particular aesthetic details. While it may be the previous generation vehicle, the M3 of this generation does produce a nice punch, allows for aggressive driving and showcases a design that still looks fresh, has performance matching levels that allow it to compete even today and exerts great levels of driving enjoyment as well.
Arthur St. Antoine of Motor Trend magazine says: “World’s single greatest car? Seriously? Yes – the new BMW M3 is unquestionably a contender. Probably no other car combines so many virtues – speed, handling, good looks, roominess, practicality – into one package. Driving the new BMW M3 is an absolutely blissful experience, flooding your brain with dopamine as if you were arriving to courtside seats at the Lakers game with Jennifer Connelly on your arm.” -and- “If you put an F1 car and a premium sedan in a blender, the M3 would be the cocktail that pours out. Mmmm, nothing else like it. A toast then: To the BMW M3, the greatest all-around car in the world”
Similar to the previous M3 generations that introduced a new engine, the fourth generation BMW E90 M3 did the same – the BMW S65 V8 engine. The engine produces 414 bhp (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) at 3900 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. As of April 2008, BMW offers a new seven speed Getrag double-clutch gearbox, called M-DKG (Doppel-Kupplungs-Getriebe) or M-DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) as an option, which reduces shift pauses to less than a tenth of a second and shortens the car’s 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time by 0.2 seconds vs. manual.
It features both automatic and manual modes similar to the SMG gearboxes in the E36 and E46, but with more speed and efficiency. Top speed is 155 mph (250km/h) electronically limited where a delimited car will achieve 178 mph (286 km/h).
Many owners out there consider the BMW E90 M3 as one of the best handling cars of their generation with plenty to show on the road and on the track as well. Go take a look at the nice gallery we added below and grab some wallpapers too! We have another BMW M3 build coming up!