Throughout the years from the first incarnation as the E30, the M3 has become the benchmark vehicle against which most sporting saloons are compared. despite aggressive competition from Mercedes-AMG and the Audi quattros.
The fourth generation M3 was first announced in March 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Before its production BMW originally set out to name it the M4 along with the rest of the 3 Series range, however due to the interest in retaining the M3 line and its iconic status, this change was soon abandoned.
The inline 6 S54 engine in the previous E46 M3 was replaced with the S65B40 engine which is a naturally aspirated, 4-litre V8 that is based on the 5-litre S85B50 V10 that powered the E60/E61 M5 and the E63/E64 M6. It delivers 414 bhp at 8300 rpm. The engine comes straight from BMW’s Formula 1 foundry in Landshut cast alongside the Sauber F1 teams powerplants. It uses a pair of oil pumps that feed lubricant between the engine’s two sumps, a double Vanos valve-timing system which increases performance across the awesome 8400rpm rev-range, as well as a throttle butterfly for each individual cylinder to guarantee a fast, precise throttle response. The S65 Engine is also 15kg lighter than previous straight six found in the E46 M3 and has a ECU capable of 200 million calculations per second incorporating efficient Dynamics fuel saving and emissions reducing technology.
The suspension technology in the M3 was conceived from the very start for ultimate performance and was made using almost entirely aluminium, apart from a control arm it differed in every way to the standard 3 series set up. There was also a variable M differential used which features a torque-sensing lock that guarantees optimum traction in almost any condition.
Apart from the car’s unique drivetrain and suspension technology, lightweight technology was crucial to the engineers at BMW M division. With the exception of the two doors, the bootlid and lights which were carried over from the 3 series coupe, it is a completely new design concept with all the other body components specially developed for the M3.
For 2011, the E92 M3 received a model refresh commonly referred to as a LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) by BMW. Those changes included minor interior trim pieces and LED rear tail-lights.
DCT M twin-clutch with drivelogic, Comfort Access, Navigation system Professional, Heated front seats, Electric memory seats, Harman/Kardon Surround Sound, DAB Radio, Parking distance control front and rear, Xenon lights, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Electronic damper control (EDC), Auto start stop, Rain sensor, Light package, Voice input system, Loudspeaker system, Brake energy regeneration, Isofix-System, BMW Online, BMW Assist, Voice Control, USB/audio interface, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, Storage compartment package, Folding mirrors, Interior mirror with automatic dip.
Finished in a pristine coat of factory Space grey metallic this convertible M3 looks every bit the part top down or up. The paintwork is perfect, all original and after two days of detailing glimmering with a better than new finish. As an LCi 2013 model the rear lights are upgraded to all LED versions. Large grilles, bonnet bulges and vents, deep side skirts and twin exhausts all make up this V8 edition of BMWs iconic M3 pedigree first introduced back in the 80s.
The well designed folding hard top is easy to use and with just one button neatly stowed effortlessly providing both the benefits of a full coupe or convertible cruising when the weather allows.
The cabin is finished in black novillo leather, beautifully trimmed and remains as new. Heated seats, cruise control, USB and phone connectivity, navigation and climate control provide all the comforts of a cruiser. In addition the superb Harmon Kardon surround sound system has been specified, significantly upgrading the sound quality in the cabin and a rare option to be found. The programmable M button can transform the car into a formidable driving machine allowing pre programming of the EDC, DCT and traction control settings whilst tightening throttle response.
BMWs convertible features a special leather surface for the seats that reflects sunlight reducing the tendency for the seats to become uncomfortably hot with the top down.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The high revving V8 engine barks into life with a purposeful roar and quietens down after the warm up phase. Top down motoring allows for a more audible experience for the glorious V8 soundtrack. Satisfying blips from down changes from the fantastic DCT transmission are standard and become addictive.
The 7 speed DCT gearbox is superb and a huge step on from BMW last SMG setup providing both smooth fully automatic function or manual changes.
Maintenance has been carried out by BMW Main dealers from new over the cars minimal mileage and age.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The semi gloss black 19″ double-spoke M alloy wheels look fantastic and remain in near perfect condition wrapped in premium Michelin rubber all round with excellent tread having been replaced only a few thousand miles ago.
The M3 was first supplied on the 22nd May 2013 and is registered on a 13 plate. A late LCI model it comes with a huge spec rarely seen on M3 convertibles.
Maintained under a service pack it has only been looked after by BMW main agents at the following intervals:
03/10/13 – 1271 miles
04/11/15 – 11,311 miles
23/08/17 – 22,398 miles
28/12/17 – 25,267 miles
17/05/18 – 26,012 miles
The original service book is present in the history along with the spare key.
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