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      03-06-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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2008 BMW M3 Coupe (E92) - Official Press Pictures + Press Release Text

Looks like official press pics for the new M3, nice shots...
Live pics from Geneva show - http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49988











Press Release:

The BMW M3 Concept Car.
Table of contents.
The BMW M3 Concept Car.
Description in Brief. .................................................. .................................................. ...... 2

The Vision of Ultimate Driving Pleasure:
The BMW M3 Concept Car.
.................................................. ........................................ 3


The BMW M3 Concept Car.
Description in Brief.

Concept study of a BMW M3 by BMW M GmbH, dimensions and fundamental form based on BMW 3 Series Coupé, exclusive new engineering of almost every body element, purpose-built for individualistic form and maximum sporting potential.
At the core of this concept study is an M3-typical V8 engine tuned
to the high revving M concept.

Front design conveying a high performance sports car, functional execution of the front apron and engine compartment lid, a robust Powerdome and large air intakes that express the vehicle’s superior drive power, particularly voluminous air intakes for ample air supply to the engine compartment through the elimination of fog lamps, typical of M, and a front apron in a pronounced forward position that symbolises the car’s motoring spirit.
Sharply defined wheel arches, gill-shaped openings in the front side walls with an elaborate three-dimensional design typical of M cars, and chrome brackets with integrated direction indicators.Characteristic M-brand side skirts providing the side view with an energy-laden accent, visual emphasis of the rear-wheel drive and car’s wide track, 19-inch light alloy rims
with the characteristic Y-spoke design, exclusive exterior mirrors with an aerodynamically optimised design.

Rear design with horizontal lines accentuating the car’s wide track, pronounced wheel orientation as a symbol of its powerful stance, rear diffuser that mirrors design elements of the front apron, balanced proportions underlining the BMW M3’s supremacy, M-typical double tailpipes arranged toward the centre of the vehicle.
Intelligent lightweight construction that directly influences the vehicle’s agility and dynamic performance, aluminium engine compartment lid.
Side walls made of synthetic material and CFRP roof that optimise weight distribution and centre of gravity, visible CFRP roof construction as
an additional design element, emphasis of flat silhouette and high tech character of the vehicle.


The Vision of Ultimate Driving Pleasure:
The BMW M3 Concept Car.

Its very name is a symbol for unique performance on the racetrack and in everyday traffic. For two decades, BMW M3 has embodied the athletic heart of the brand in its most fundamental and succinct form. Its dominating role in motor sports and the ultimate driving experience it affords the driver on the road are inseparably intertwined. The qualities on which this synthesis is founded have given the BMW M3 the exceptional status it enjoys the world over.
At BMW M GmbH, engineers have persisted in continuing this success story with the presentation of the new BMW M3 Concept Car. The concept study being presented to the public for the first time at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva (8th to 18th of March, 2007) gives a first impression of what
a future BMW M3 might look like.

The basic form for the BMW M3 Concept Car is a derivative of the new
BMW 3 Series Coupé. The few components adopted directly from the series model are the headlamps and taillamps and, as the only body elements,
the two doors and the luggage compartment lid. In all other respects,
the BMW M3 Concept Car, which is being presented in the Chrome Shadow finish characteristic of BMW M GmbH concept studies, is obviously
an individualistic and athletic vehicle with technology at the focus of its engineering.

Individualistic body concept with emotional aesthetics.
In keeping with tradition, the engineers at BMW M GmbH developed the BMW M3 Concept Car as a fundamentally individualistic vehicle. The level of commitment to this approach is clearly demonstrated by its body. While it is based on the dimensions and the underlying form of the BMW 3 Series Coupé, virtually all body elements have been newly developed and designed from
the ground up. Apart from the supporting vehicle structure, only the doors and the luggage compartment lid were taken over from the series model.
All other components were specially engineered for the BMW M3 Concept Car, lending the vehicle exterior unique aesthetics that accentuate its superior power. Unmistakable features that make the BMW M3 Concept Car instantly recognisable are the special trim at the front and rear, the engine compartment lid with its bulging Powerdome and two air intakes, the lateral air slots in
the front side walls, the side skirts and the exterior mirrors in a BMW M typical design.


Front with additional air intakes, engine compartment lid with Powerdome.
Faithful to the principle of “form follows function” in designing the body for
the concept study, designers at BMW M GmbH used elements that not only visually emphasise the increased sportiness of the vehicle, but also serve
a technical purpose. Conspicuous at the front are three large air intakes below the cooling grille that supply the engine with additional intake and cooling air. Strong, vertical struts delineate the air intakes and enhance their characteristic form.

The aluminium engine compartment lid exhibits a wide bulging curvature known as the Powerdome. Like the air intakes beside it, the Powerdome suggests the great potential that can be expected of a powerplant in the engine bay of a BMW M3. The M3 Concept Car features a high revving V8 engine that is anticipated for the series car once it goes into production.
The contours of the Powerdome and air intakes are in line with the
forward-pointing sweep of the engine compartment lid and harmoniously blend into the overall design of the front, which is longer than that of the
BMW 3 Series Coupé. Together with the double kidney grille typical of BMW and the flat headlamp units, they lend the BMW M3 Concept Car a highly dynamic character.

Wheel arches and side skirts communicate agility and stability.
The muscular front wheel arches of the BMW M3 Concept Car symbolise
the high level of agility and driving stability achieved by this vehicle.
Together with the forged 19-inch light alloy rims in the classic Y-spoke design, they emphasise the vehicle’s wide track, while a glance through the
spokes of the rims reveals the compound high performance brakes developed exclusively for M vehicles.

The opening behind the wheel arch on the front side wall, which the designers refer to as gills, has an elaborate three-dimensional form that is split by a discreet chrome bracket containing the direction indicator and the M3 logo.
Two arched surfaces form the pronounced side skirt, creating a purposefully designed contrast between light and shadow. By giving the side wall a lower appearance, the side skirt lends the car a lighter, sportier look from this angle. The incidence of light on the likewise sharply defined rear wing and wheel stresses the dynamic character of this vehicle and visually highlights its rear-wheel drive.

The design of the side skirt corresponds with the shape of the strongly pronounced contour line. The play of light and shadow between the parallel contours of the skirt and contour line brings about a tightness in design
that emphasises the individual character of the BMW M3 Concept Car even more strongly.

Exclusive exterior mirrors developed for the BMW M3 Concept Car feature the characteristic black double foot that reminds the viewer of the wings of an aircraft. Even this small detail is in keeping with the principle of “form follows function”. With their horizontal contour line and tapered shape toward
the outside, the exterior mirrors not only contribute to the overall impression
of the vehicle, but their aerodynamic shape, optimised in a wind tunnel,
is advantageous to air resistance values.

Wide track, muscular stance rear design emphasises dynamic performance.
The rear of the BMW M3 Concept Car picks up on the design of the car’s front. The side lines gradually sink toward the rear and the wings end in
a modelled hollow flute, emphasising the rear-wheel drive and visualising the superior dynamics of this vehicle. From any angle, the rear creates
the impression of a pronounced wheel orientation and a muscular stance.
Its proportions lend it confidence and a calm yet powerful impression.
A visually discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid, also called
a Gurney flap, optimally channels the air at the rear and additionally
reduces lift on the rear axle.

The contours of the diffuser, whose design is subdivided by modelled struts, mirror the shape of the air intakes at the front. The diffuser and the double exhaust tailpipes positioned close to the vehicle’s longitudinal axis appear to pull the rear together at the centre and build up a tension in conjunction
with the horizontal lines of the bumper. The tailpipes have a round cross section and are cut off vertically, as is typical for BMW M GmbH engineering.

Exclusive roof with visible carbon fibre structure.
There is hardly a body element in the BMW M3 Concept Car that exhibits the level of advanced technology as clearly as the roof. It is constructed of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). Specialists at the BMW Plant in Landshut, Germany, rely on an exclusive production method in which the structure of the Formula 1 material remains visible and the finely structured surface is only coated with a layer of clear finish.

As a highly visible advanced technology component, the CFRP roof dominates the technically innovative appearance of the BMW M3 Concept Car. Seen from the side, it lets the roof edge appear flatter and thus lowers the perceived body height. Apart from the exclusive appearance, the CFRP roof also offers
a real technical advantage: It is considerably lighter than a steel roof. This not only reduces the overall vehicle weight, but by reducing the weight of the highest element in the body, the centre of gravity is lowered as well. Thus, the reduction in weight at this location is particularly beneficial to the agility and dynamic performance of the vehicle.

The CFRP roof is a perfect example of how interlinking technical innovation with an individual design strategy was central to the development of
the BMW M3 Concept Car. Following the tradition of the previous three generations of the BMW M3, this concept study represents a high performance sports car interpreted for use in everyday diving, with its every detail being yet another example of the objective pursued by the engineers. The BMW M3 Concept Car is a vision that shows where striving for the ultimate driving experience will take us in the future.
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      03-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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      03-06-2007, 11:23 AM   #3
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      03-06-2007, 11:35 AM   #4
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so did i get it down packed with my photoshops? all im missing are the little holes next to the lump on the hood. the wheels this one has arent the final production those are only CSL wheels. i want to see the real wheels
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      03-06-2007, 11:35 AM   #5
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So wide looking!! Can't wait to see them on the road!
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      03-06-2007, 11:53 AM   #6
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is it me or does the M3 have a resemblance to the Maserati Coupe?
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      03-06-2007, 12:03 PM   #7
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      03-06-2007, 12:14 PM   #8
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Real cool car...

Front: agressive looking
Rear: bit busy styling but OK
Mirrors: upper joint mirror nicely masked up in Carbon.
Sidevents: nice modern looking

I want one...
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      03-06-2007, 12:22 PM   #9
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I WANT ONE!!!
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      03-06-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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it looks like a shark.... a really good looking shark
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      03-06-2007, 12:28 PM   #11
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looks great...except fpr the front guppy lip.
JMO, but the M-sport bumper looks better
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- Full carbon roof!
- Side vents are dope!
- Front looks mean!
- Hood is ok only cause there's a V8 in there
- Mirrors a bit weird, but at least that bar is sorta hidden because it's dark
- Rear bumper kinda busy
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that side profile........ i think im gona cry.
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i am liking those shots sparky, especially side profile.....
still not sure about the bonnet scoops but it is growing on me and fast....

time to pimp the girlfriend .... again...LOL
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it looks fine the way it is. just need to see the original wheels on it not those CSL wheels.
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is it me or does the M3 have a resemblance to the Maserati Coupe?
It´s you

I like the side vents!!
Hope they keep the hood!!
I even like the mirrors!!!
It´s fucking awesome!!!
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THE RETURN OF THE KING!

It would be nice if they release specs.
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hmmm... We'll i guess thats what happens when you get inspired by aftermarket honda civic aero parts... Whats this the old Mitsubishi buldge they moved to the center of the hood . They took a beautiful 3er and complete destroyed it. Sucks...
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hmmm... We'll i guess thats what happens when you get inspired by aftermarket honda civic aero parts... Whats this the old Mitsubishi buldge they moved to the center of the hood . They took a beautiful 3er and complete destroyed it. Sucks...
Hahaha, that's exactly what I said when I first saw the pics. That bump in the center of the hood is awful. The front would look so much cleaner without it..
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Scott about the car;

Unofficially what you are seeing today is a Hybrid of M3 and M3 CSL , Both of these cars will enhance their status by differing exterior elements of the design and an upgraded V8 for the CSL .

Hope that answers your questions without compromising my neck!

later this month we commence photography and film shoot on the production car which will take in some exotic locations such as back to Dubai and Iceland and the A87 in Scotland.

http://germancarzone.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=115
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