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M3 Sedan - E90 (2007 - ...) - Powerful Design

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Athletic body design as a clear expression of superior power. The exterior of the new BMW M3 Saloon was designed and developed from the start to give the car a unique and truly sporting look. In designing the body of the new BMW M3 Saloon, the designers at BMW M GmbH have applied the principle of “form follows function”, translating appropriate technical solutions into an authentic, sporting look. The front end of the new BMW M3 Saloon presents that special “face” so typical of BMW M3. The engine compartment lid, made of aluminium, for example, boasts a large powerdome in the middle, clearly bearing testimony, together with the openings at the side, to the huge potential of the eight-cylinder housed within. The contours of both the powerdome and the air intakes follow the forward-pushing arrow shape of the engine compartment lid, blending harmoniously with the entire front end of the car longer than on the “regular” BMW 3 Series Saloon.


Front end feeding the high-performance engine with adequate air.
The front end of the car incorporates three large air intakes beneath the radiator grille feeding the power unit with intake and cooling air. The air scoops border at the side on large, vertical bars further enhancing the design language so characteristic of the new BMW M3 Saloon. Together with the double kidney grille so typical of BMW and the flat headlight units with their bi- xenon headlights featured as standard, these highlights in design give the new BMW M3 a truly dynamic look full of power and performance. The structure and configuration of the front end is determined primarily by the supply of air required by such a high-performance engine, nearly the entire front end opening up to feed air to the naturally aspirated power unit. Precisely this is why the BMW M3 Saloon, like BMW M Cars in general, intentionally does without the foglamps featured on the BMW 3 Series in general.
In their function and size, all air intakes are precisely defined according to technical requirements. They are arranged and dimensioned to precisely meet all of the cooling and intake air requirements of the engine and its ancillaries.

Side-line: typical M features combined with the design language of a BMW Saloon.
The powerfully chiselled front wheel arches on the BMW M3 Saloon clearly symbolise supreme agility and driving stability at all times. Together with the weight-optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, they underline the very wide and muscular track of the car. Forged light-alloy wheels measuring 19 inches are available as an option, allowing the beholder to look through the spokes at the compound high-performance brakes developed exclusively for BMW M cars. The two front side panels boast a special sign of distinction characteristic of a BMW M Car and referred to by the designers as “gills”: The elaborately chiselled contours of these air intakes help to add a further dynamic touch to the body-line at the side, the chrome bracket split up into individual sections enhancing the three-dimensional structure of this element. Deviating from their design on BMW M3 Coupé, the gills on the side panel of the Saloon are more horizontal in shape, the bracket accommodating both the stretched form of the direction indicator and the BMW M3 logo. Rear-view mirrors developed exclusively for the new BMW M3 fulfil an important aerodynamic function also on the Saloon. A characteristic feature in this case is the black-coloured double bar reminiscent in its shape to the wings of a plane. Through their horizontal light contour line and their shape tapering to the outside, the rear-view mirrors not only accentuate the sporting look of the car, but also help to reduce air resistance thanks to this special design optimised in the wind tunnel. Further down the side-line, the new BMW M3 Saloon again boasts the signs of an athletic performer so typical of a BMW M Car, in this case integrated harmoniously into the design language of a BMW Saloon. The pronounced side-sills, for example, give the BMW M3 a light and sporting look. And contrary to the design of the Coupé, the light contour line flowing back in an absolutely straight design runs parallel to the body-line, this parallel arrangement again highlighting the harmonious and well-balanced character of the Saloon.
The play of light and shade created in this way gives the entire car a particularly dynamic flair from the side again bearing unique testimony to the four-door model in its particular design and character.


Discreet spoiler lip and rear diffuser for optimum aerodynamics.
The new BMW M3 Saloon looks just as superior and muscular from behind, its design taking up the particular look of the car’s front end. Compared with the Coupé, the surfaces at the rear end of the Saloon show an even clearer horizontal structure corresponding to the smooth balance also presented from the size and emphasizing the sheer width of the rear end. A discreet gurney flap on the luggage compartment lid optimises the car’s streamlining and reduces lift on the rear axle to an even lower level. In its contours, the split diffuser beneath the bumper takes up the shape of the air intakes at the front of the car, the air guide duct and the dual tailpipes moved far towards the centreline of the car visually contracting the rear end at the lower centrepoint, building up exciting optical tension guiding the eyes of the beholder to the horizontal lines of the bumper. A further feature is the circular shape of the four tailpipes cut off straight at the back in typical BMW M style, the entire rear end bearing a clear focus to the wheels of the car and emanating a powerful stance.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:37  

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