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BMW M3 Preview Holland MI

The first-generation BMW M3, introduced twenty years ago, was powered by a 2.3L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 195 hp. Flared wheel arches and large spoilers (radical at the time for a street driven vehicle) differentiated the M3 from the standard versions of the BMW 3 Series.

BMW of Okemos
(517) 853-2600
2186 Jolly Rd
Okemos, MI
Dealership Hours
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu-9:00 AM - 8:00 PM-Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM-Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

BMW of Okemos
(517) 853-2600
2186 Jolly Rd
Okemos, MI
 
BMW of Traverse City
(231) 922-2002
3464 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI
 
Harold Zeigler BMW
(269) 375-4500
4201 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
 
Harold Zeigler BMW
(269) 375-4500
4201 Stadium Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu-9:00 AM - 8:00 PM-Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM-Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bavarian Motor Village, Ltd.
(586) 772-8600
24717 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI
 
Sharpe BMW
(616) 452-5101
1010 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
BMW of Traverse City
(231) 922-2002
3464 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI
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Mon, Thu-8:30 AM - 8:00 PM-Tue, Wed, Fri 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM-Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Erhard BMW of Farmington Hills
(248) 306-6800
38700 Grand River Ave
Farmington Hills, MI
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Mon, Thu-8:00 AM - 9:00 PM-Tue, Wed, Fri 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM-Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

BMW of Ann Arbor
(734) 663-3309
501 Auto Mall Dr
Ann Arbor, MI
 

BMW M3 Preview

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Critical Knowledge:
  • Fourth-generation BMW M3

  • First M3 with a V8 powerplant

  • Carbon-fiber roof to lower the center of gravity

  • Available 6-speed manual transmission

  • M Drive allows driver customization of vehicle dynamics

  • Aggressive styling differentiates it from the standard 3 Series

  • BMW claims 0 to 62 in about 4.8 seconds

  • North American sales start in 2008

Introduction
The first-generation BMW M3, introduced twenty years ago, was powered by a 2.3L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 195 hp. Flared wheel arches and large spoilers (radical at the time for a street driven vehicle) differentiated the M3 from the standard versions of the BMW 3 Series. BMW specifically designed the M3 to homologate the car for Group A Touring Car racing so the coupe was light, nimble, and built to race. Popular with the public (nearly 18,000 units were sold), it was also a winner"many consider it the world's most successful racecar. Two decades later, with its first V8 powerplant, the fourth-generation 2008 BMW M3 takes a bow.

Model Lineup
Unlike the standard BMW 3 Series Coupe, offered with many different engine and suspension configurations, the M3 is only available with one powerplant"a Formula 1 inspired V8. Differentiating itself further from the standard BMW, the only exterior lines in common with the 3 Series Coupe are the two doors, trunk lid, windows, and headlights.

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