Bmw M3 in Santorini Blue is one sick sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

If you want to order a Bmw M3 and make it unique, then Santorini Blue color is the perfect choice for this car. This new color looks almost like the Mexico Blue, seen on the Porsche models and we have to admit that fitted with those black wheels from the Competition Package, this M3 looks sick. The same color is seen on the interior on the stitching. In terms of performances, the Bmw M3 has the same V8 engine delivering 309 kW/420 bhp and mated to a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission and Drivelogic.

This engine achieves an average fuel consumption on the EU test cycle of 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres (6-speed manual transmission: 12.4 litres). The vehicle is also fitted with Start Stop. And as you can see from the photos, this model also has the Competition Package.

For those who don’t know, this pack comes with a lowered suspension by 10 mm and light wheels in the size 9 x 19 inches at the front and Y-spoke design at the rear and a carbon fiber rear spoiler and front apron flaps.

Compared to the six-cylinder powerplant it is replacing, the new light-alloy V8 engine in the fourth generation BMW M3 offers more power and is now lighter and more fuel efficient. With a displacement of 3,999 cc (4.0 liters) but seven-percent lighter than its V6 predecessor, the new V8 engine delivers 414 hp of max output at 8,300 rpm and 295 pound-feet of peak torque at 3,900 rpm. This means the V8 provides 24-percent more output than the outgoing V6.

Interestingly, around 85 percent of the peak torque is available consistently through 6,500 rpm. With a max revolution of 8,400 rpm, the new V8 engine for the new M3 features a compression ratio of 12.0:1. It is fitted with BMW M’s variable double-VANOS camshaft management that offers dramatically fast and responsive valve timing, resulting to lower charge cycle losses and increased levels of output, torque and response.

In addition, this system lowers both fuel consumption and emissions. Each of the eight cylinders of the V8 engine features separate throttle butterfly – as adapted from BMW M's racing heritage – that allows for instant reaction every time the gas pedal is pressed. Each row of cylinders features two stepper motors operating the four throttle butterflies, which make the engine highly responsive at low speeds.

Likewise, this setup allows for a more immediate reaction whenever the accelerator is down the accelerator for extra power and performance. It’s useful how the engine only gets the right amount of lubricating oil as needed, thanks to a volume flow-controlled, pendulum-slide cell pump.

Making sure that oil is consistently supplied to the engine at all times – and especially during extreme braking maneuvers – is a wet sump oil lubrication that has been optimized to deliver dynamic performance. In addition, this lubrication system comes with two oil sumps –small and large sumps – sandwiching the front axle subframe.

On the other hand, the V8 engine is provided with a new, comprehensive electronic management system that efficiently coordinates all functions while optimizing operational integration with the M3’s clutch, gearbox, brakes and steering. Moreover, the engine comes with a control unit that could perform an array of on-board diagnosis functions while masterminding the ancillary engine units.

Topics: bmw, bmw m3, sports car

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