Bmw M3 F80 (2014 -) – Engine3.0 (431 HP)

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Bmw M3 F80
Bmw M3 F80

Starting with 2014, BMW decided to drop the legendary BMW M3 Coupe and continue placing the ‘M3’ badge only on sedan models, leaving the Coupe style in the hands of a new model, the M4. Previous Sedan M3 models were part of the BMW history, the E36 and E90 versions being instantly recognizable in this segment. Despite having 2 extra doors compared to the Coupe version and using the same engine and transmissions, both cars have the exact same performance figures, therefore making the Sedan a favorite amongst possible customers. The new version is also the first one to return to the classic inline-6 cylinder configuration, using a 3-liter biturbo unit that makes 431 HP and 550 Nm of torque.

Bmw M3 F80 – ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Bmw M3 F80 3.0 6MT (431 HP)

CYLINDERSL6
DISPLACEMENT2979 cm3
POWER317 KW @ 5500 RPM

431 HP @ 5500 RPM

425 BHP @ 5500 RPM

TORQUE406 lb-ft @ 1850–5500 RPM

550 Nm @ 1850–5500 RPM

FUEL SYSTEMM TwinPower Turbo technology with two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, fully variable valve timing (VALVETRONIC) and variable camshaft control (Double-VANOS)
FUELGasoline
CO2 EMISSIONS204 g/km
PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS
TOP SPEED155 mph OR 249 km/h
ACCELERATION 0-62 MPH (0-100 KPH)4.3 s
FUEL CONSUMPTION SPECIFICATIONS
CITY19.6 mpg US OR 12 L/100Km
HIGHWAY34.1 mpg US OR 6.9 L/100Km
COMBINED26.7 mpg US OR 8.8 L/100Km
TRANSMISSION SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVE TYPERear Wheel Drive
GEARBOX6 speed manual
BRAKES SPECIFICATIONS
FRONTVentilated discs
REARVentilated discs
TIRES SPECIFICATIONS
TIRE SIZEFront: 255/40 ZR18,

Rear: 275/40 ZR18

DIMENSIONS SPECIFICATIONS
LENGTH184.3 in OR 4681 mm
WIDTH73.9 in OR 1877 mm
HEIGHT56.1 in OR 1425 mm
FRONT/REAR TRACK62.2/63.1 in OR 1,580/1,603 mm
WHEELBASE110.7 in OR 2812 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE4.7 in OR 119 mm
CARGO VOLUME17 cuFT OR 481 L
CD0.34
WEIGHT SPECIFICATIONS
UNLADEN WEIGHT3351 lbs OR 1520 kg
GROSS WEIGHT LIMIT4630 lbs OR 2100 kg
Bmw M3 F80 engine
Bmw M3 F80 engine

Bmw M3 F80 – Engine and gearbox

One consolation for the loss of the M3’s naturally aspirated engine is the fact the replacement is an excellent turbocharged motor. The F80’s 3-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six revs to a relatively high (for a modern turbo engine) 7300rpm. But rather than just being able to reach those elevated RPM figures, the engine gets more and more intense, responsive and explosive as the revs pile on. It makes it a truly great engine to wring out, with every additional RPM making the engine ever more exciting.

One element that isn’t quite as blissful is the way it sounds. It may be a straight-six, an engine configuration BMW has specialised in for years, but you’d never really guess from the noise. Instead, there’s an industrial rumble from the exhaust with an extra burp at the gear change, the sort that’s now seemingly obligatory on turbocharged performance cars. The engine note is also supplemented by a synthetic growl that emanates from the speakers, and although it’s not unpleasant, it’s far from being inspirational.

The DCT gearbox is a £2495 option while the six-speed manual comes as standard. Unfortunately the latter is not a very popular choice so BMW hasn’t furnished its press fleet with an M3 (or the mechanically identical M4) fitted with the manual ‘box.

As such, the only time we’ve had opportunity to try the M3’s engine with the manual was in AC Schnitzer’s ACL2. The 2-series based car used the more traditional transmission because it’s 25kg lighter than the DCT, but the greater benefit comes from the extra control it grants the driver. Feeding in the clutch at the rate that you consider acceptable, rather than abrupt nature of the DCT ‘box, means you can enjoy the drivetrain significantly more. And, even though the ACL2 has 137bhp more power than the M3, the manual gearbox actually makes it a more approachable car to drive.

Source:
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