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Christopher Bruce2013-07-08 13:49:03

Final E90 M3 Coupe Produced

BMW is winding down M3 production. Only the convertible is still being built.

 
 
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The M3s were built in Regensburg with the engines being shipped from Munich

BMW’sBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
8644 photos
43 videos
Regensburg factory has produced the final E90 M3 CoupeM3BMW M3Germany, 2009 > present2 photos
1 video
after over 40,000 have been built. The convertible M3 will remain in production until September, and production of the sedan has already been stopped.

How auto enthusiasts treat the E90 M3 now that production is all but over will be interesting to watch. The car transitioned to a 4.0-liter V8 from the inline-six that had been used for the previous two generations. It turned the M3 into a high-class, German reinterpretation of the American muscle car. With 415hp and 295lb-ft on tap, it was quite a potent performer. The next generation M3 is rumored to drop the V8 in favor of a smaller inline-six with either two or three turbos.

The basic chassis was the same as a 3 Series3 Series Gen.5BMW 3 Series Gen.5Germany, 2005 > present795 versions
1019 photos
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, but the M3 received aluminum stiffening for the front axle, a new rear suspension, improved brakes, aluminum hood, plastic side panels and carbon fiber roof.

The E90 M3 proved to be a major success both on the track and in the showroom. Since 2007, BMW shifted over 40,000 M3 Coupes, 10,000 M3 SedansM3 SaloonBMW M3 SaloonGermany, 2007 > present6 photos
2 videos
and has built 16,000 M3 ConvertiblesM3 Cabrio Automatic LCIBMW M3 Cabrio Automatic LCIGermany, 2010 > present1 photo
and counting. During the production run a few limited edition models were made including the 135 units of the 444hp M3 GTSM3 GTSBMW M3 GTSGermany, 2010 > present5 photos
, 67 units of the 444hp M3 Carbon Racing TechnologyM3 CRTBMW M3 CRTGermany, 2011 > present14 photos
with a wide array of carbon fiber reinforced plastic parts and 54 units of the M3 DTM Champion EditionBMW M3 DTM Champion EditionGermany, 2013 > 2000.

In racing, the E90 M3 won the 2012 DTM Championship, five American Le Mans Series titles and an overall win the in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Encyclopedia
BMWBMW
3 Series3 Series
3 Series Gen.43 Series Gen.4
M3M3
Engine
Straight 6
Displacement
198 cu in
Top Speed
160 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
343 hp @ 7900 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
19.76 US MPG
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 3.321

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