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2008 BMW M3 Convertible

2008 BMW M3 Convertible

2008 BMW M3 Convertible

Third body version of the new BMW M3; high-performance convertible from BMW M GmbH unique in its design and technical features; developed on the basis of the BMW 3 Series Convertible; consistent orientation to the high-performance character typical of BMW M, as with the BMW M3 Coupe and the BMW M3 Saloon. Car concept with a consistent, unique tradition: Fourth generation of both the BMW M3 Convertible and the BMW M3 Coupe.

Unique combination of outstanding driving dynamics with aesthetic looks, unparalleled experience of open-air motoring and superior everyday driving qualities in that special combination specific to BMW M. Electrohydraulically operated retractable hardtop ensuring supreme performance in the BMW M3 Convertible with nothing but the sky above.

Authentic BMW M design as the expression of superior drive power; aluminium engine lid with striking powerdome; characteristic front end with large air intakes; powerfully flared wheel arches; specific BMW M interpretation of the classic lines of a BMW Convertible with its dynamically stretched silhouette, low waistline and muscular, low-slung rear end; gill elements in the front side walls; M-specific side sills contoured even more specifically towards the rear of the car as a visual tribute to rear-wheel drive; rear air dam with diffuser optimising the flow of air beneath the car; dual tailpipes typical of BMW M.

Exclusive driving experience: The unique power and performance of a BMW M3 combined with an incomparably intense experience of the sun and wind unique to a BMW Convertible.

The BMW M3 Convertible is powered by BMW M’s brand-new V8 displacing 4.0 litres and developing maximum output of 309 kW/420 hp; maximum torque is 400 Nm/295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm; maximum engine speed 8,400 rpm, optimum muscle and thrust throughout the entire range of engine speed.

Individual throttle butterflies, variable double-VANOS camshaft control, Brake Energy Regeneration; engine 15 kg lighter than the six-cylinder power unit on the former model.

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In Detail

engine MS S60 Aluminum/Silicon Alloy V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/double-VANOS
fuel feed Fuel injection
displacement 3999 cc / 244.0 in³
bore 92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 75.2 mm / 2.96 in
compression 12.0:1
power 313.2 kw / 420 bhp @ 8300 rpm
specific output 105.03 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 511.57 bhp per tonne
torque 399.97 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 3900 rpm
body / frame E92 Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/M Differential Lock
wheel type Forged Aluminum
front tires 245/40 ZR18
rear tires 265/40 ZR18
front brakes Disics w/Single Piston Calipers
rear brakes Disics w/Single Piston Calipers
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Strut Tiebar,
r suspension Five-Arm Multi-Link
curb weight 821 kg / 1810 lbs
wheelbase 2761 mm / 108.7 in
front track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
rear track 1339 mm / 52.7 in
length 117221 mm / 4615 in
width 1804 mm / 71.0 in
height 1392 mm / 54.8 in
transmission SG6 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 4.055:1, 2.369:1, 1.582:1, 1.192:1, 1.000:1, 0.872:1
0 – 60 mph ~4.7 seconds