Bmw announced a special edition of the M3 for the Chinese market called M3 Matte Edition. As expected, this car follows the M3 Tiger Edition launched back in 2010 in order to celebrate China's year of the tiger. Many of you already know, due to the name, that the M3 Matte Edition comes with a choice of two new exterior finishes dubbed gunmetal grey or black, both combining a metallic finish with a clear matte coat.
The design of the car is completed by the red brake calipers found behind the 19-inch alloy wheels, the all-new black air intakes and the exhaust tips. Inside, the car features a carbon fiber finish, and black leather seats, door armrests featuring red stitching.
Under the hood, we find the same 4.0-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 309 kW/420 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. The M3 is capable to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph.
One of the key attributes of the new BMW M3 is its superb performance. This is mainly achieved by fitting into the M3 a powerful engine, a 4.0 liter V8 high-revving engine that could develop up to 309 kW (420 bhp) of output. This power is more than enough to allow the new BMW M3 to become one of the more potent cars available. Usually, when a vehicle develops more power, it also consumes more fuel.
But that theory is not applicable with the new BMW M3 since this car is very fuel efficient. This attribute is helped by the so-called Auto Start Stop Function, which helps prevent unneeded fuel consumption by switching off the engine during a stop in congested traffic or at junctions and then re-activates it seamlessly as soon as the driver indicates intention to move forward.
Auto Start Stop Function is employed in a BMW M3 using standard six-speed manual transmission and in conjunction with the M dual clutch gearbox with Drivelogic. This means that the BMW M3 -- along with the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – is the first model to feature Auto Start Stop Function to complement an automatic manual transmission.
Putting its fuel savings in numbers, the results are astonishing. In fact, the Auto Start Stop Function helps improve vehicle efficiency by up to 8 percent, or 24 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, depending on the model and transmission type.
For instance, the V8-powered BMW M3 Coupé (or the Sedan) is fitted with the seven-speed M dual clutch transmission and Drivelogic consumes just 11.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average (EU test cycle). The manual version, meanwhile, consumes just 12.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average (EU test cycle). On the other hand, BMW M3 Convertible specified with M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic consumes just 11.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average (EU test cycle).
Its manual variant consumes 12.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average (EU test cycle). Interestingly, all BMW M3 models already comply with the stringent EU5 rules applicable in the years to come. Both the BMW M3 Coupé and the BMW M3 Convertible are accentuated by modified rear lights with glass covers in a homogeneous red color.
BMW is offering a special kit – the Competition Package -- for the M3 Coupé and the Sedan, as well as an array of retrofit options from Original BMW Accessories specifically developed for the BMW M3.
The Competition Package simply lowers the suspension by around 10 mm and includes 9 x 19 inches light alloy wheels at the front and Y-spoke design at the rear. This package also includes a map-based control and DSC (driving stability control) function that adjust the control of the EDC (electronic damper adjustment) function -- including a Sport mode -- to the chassis modifications. Available retrofit options for the BMW M3 cover new items from the Original BMW Accessories program.
These items include a rear spoiler and front apron flaps in carbon that will be offered starting spring 2010. These parts do not only complement the Competition Package, but they also help reduce lift force for better driving dynamics.