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BMW M3

(2008 model)

Brief specs of 2008 BMW M3

2-door 4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3246 cm3 / 198.1 cu in / 198.1 cu in, 253.0 kW / 339.3 hp / 339.3 hp @ 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm, 365.0 N·m / 269.2 lb·ft / 269.2 lb·ft @ 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed, consumption 11.9 l/100km / 23.7 mpg-UK / 19.8 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from2008
ModelM3Issued until
SerieM3Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeNumber of seats4
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)410 l / 14.48 cu ft / 14.48 cu ft
Passenger space (volume)2633 l / 92.98 cu ft / 92.98 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4500 mm / 177.2 in / 177.2 inTotal (curb) weight1570 kg / 3461 lb / 3461 lb
Width1790 mm / 70.5 in / 70.5 inDry weight
Height1380 mm / 54.3 in / 54.3 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2740 mm / 107.9 in / 107.9 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance100 mm / 3.9 in / 3.9 inFuel capacity63 l / 13.9 UK gal / 16.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.64  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.10 m2 / 22.6 sq ft / 22.6 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves32
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore87.0 mm / 3.43 in / 3.43 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke91.0 mm / 3.58 in / 3.58 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.96
Fuel supplyIndirect injection, multi pointEngine displacement3246 cm3 / 198.1 cu in / 198.1 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity540.97 cm3/cylinder / 33.012 cu in/cylinder / 33.012 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio11.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power253.0 kW / 339.3 hp / 339.3 hp at 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm
AspirationMax. torque365.0 N·m / 269.2 lb·ft / 269.2 lb·ft at 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)127.5 kW / 171.0 hp / 171.0 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output77.9 kW/l / 1.713 bhp/cu in / 1.713 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque112.4 N·m/l / 0.98 lb·ft/cu in / 0.98 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears6
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)4.50 s / 4.50 s / 4.50 sPower-to-weight ratio219.1 kW/ton / 166.0 bhp/ton / 166.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)11.9 l/100km / 23.7 mpg-UK / 19.8 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions278 g/km / 448 g/mi / 448 g/mi (est.)
  Range529 km / 329 mi / 329 mi

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle12.0 m / 39.4 ft / 39.4 ft
Suspension frontWishbone (A-arm, control arm)Suspension rearMulti-link
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front255/35-R18Tyres rear255/35-R18
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), ASC (automatic stabilisation control)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW M3

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