Bidding farewell to something isn’t an easy task to do. It’s a batch of mixed feelings that drive us to various emotional decisions. One of those is to never let go. So before the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 came to market, many BMW fans jumped on the opportunity to own, maybe one of the last V8 M3s ever built. Including our own Chuck Vossler who snagged a beautiful E92 M3 in perfect shape.
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To pay tribute to the almighty E92 M3, we are featuring today a photoshoot with a Silverstone Metallic M3.
The E92 M3 is probably one of the most successful M3 layouts, design and engineered performance cars BMW has ever made. It uses the powerful 4.0 liter V8 engine that sounds and performs great in every aspect. It may not be up to modern standards on fuel consumption, but the fun coming from under the hood is simply worth the gas money.
Similar to the previous M3 generations that introduced a new powerplant, the fourth generation M3 did the same. It featured 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. It was connected to a six-speed manual transmission is standard. It did the highly touted sprint from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in 4.6 seconds which made it one incredibly fast performance car that was a joy to drive.
But starting with April 2008, BMW offered a new seven speed Getrag double-clutch gearbox, which was called M-DKG (Doppel-Kupplungs-Getriebe) or M-DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) as an option. The new option reduced shift timing to less than a tenth of a second, which in turn shortened the car’s 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time by 0.2 seconds. It features both automatic and manual modes similar to the SMG gearboxes in the E36 and E46, but with more speed and efficiency.
This Silverstone Metallic M3 comes equipped with a set of Vossen Wheels with their VFS-2 setup in Gloss Graphite, a carbon fiber front spoiler, rear diffuser and side skirts. The modifications are concluded with an aftermarket exhaust system.
Take a look below for some cool photos and if you own an E92 M3, let us know what your thoughts are.