Just how many visible "M" badges does the 2015 BMW M3 Sedan have? One of those who were curious enough to find out was Michael Simari, online staff photographer of Car & Driver. In order to put this question to rest, Car & Driver proceeded to do an actual count of the number of badges.
The count was started on the underside of the M3 Sedan and 3 M’s were found on the engine undertray. Two M’s were found on the exhaust shielding as well and another 2 were seen on the sound deadening material on the underbody. Eight such M’s were further found on the front suspension along with 20 more seen among the different links in the rear suspension.
Car & Driver also found a logo on the liner of each rear wheel and each of the four brake calipers also sported its own M logo. Car & Driver proceeded to look at the body and saw 4 M logos underneath the hood. There were also logos found on the radiator, engine cover, and the drip rail under the A-pillar.
The headlight bracket of the M3 had 2 logos and 2 more were seen on the sills of the front door. On the interior part, Car & Driver saw the “M” logos on the foot rest, steering wheel and shift knob. The backrests of the front seat each sported the M logo.
Car & Driver also found out that the gauge cluster display screen had 2 logos that would glow every time one of the doors of the M3 was opened. Over-all, Car & Driver declared that there were 67 visible “M” logos in the M3 Sedan.
Car & Driver however says that other M markings that can be found if a panel was removed were not considered. Still, Car & Driver confirms that they arrived at the same figure when the same test was done on the Roush Ford Mustang.
The new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, both from BMW, reveal a design which displays a rather attractive style with their extraordinary handling properties and exceptional outstanding performance. According to BMW Automobiles Head of Design Karim Habib, the superior performance of these two models is clear even with one look. He explains that the exterior of the M3 and the M4 has been designed to have a visual impart that brings the M design language of the brand to new heights of expression.
He adds that this is then highlighted with that dynamic verve, an emotional appeal, and purposeful character. The sides of the two models both have dynamic lines and a low-slung silhouette. These two models have front sections that create a dynamic impression and this is extended by the flanks. Signature BMW proportions are present like the short overhang in the front, long wheelbase, long bonnet, and the set-back glasshouse.
This helps put more highlight on those well-known M design elements. Habib shares that the attractive surface forms and muscular wheel arches obviously highlight the dynamic potential present in the M3 and the M4. These dynamics-accentuating details include the M gills, which come with a new design, and offer both a functional and stylistic role. Air Breathers have been integrated to them and when combined with the Air Curtains placed on the front apron, they optimize the flow or air present around the vehicle’s wheel arches. It also enhances the model’s aerodynamics.
When looked at from the front, both the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe are able to stand out in a more prominent manner due to the strongly defined three-dimensionality and the strong contours. This gives the face of the two models that powerful expression. The front end also shows various characteristic design elements that prove the model are indeed part of the BMW M range.
Then there is that more contemporary interpretation of the twin headlight arrangement, which offers LED technology as an option. Its unique twin-bar kidney grille has the bars painted in black and mirrors the design of the BMW M double-spoke wheels. The grille also bears the brand’s M logo. An additional characteristic feature is the front apron with its strong design. It comes with a trio of large intakes in order to feed cooling air to the vehicle’s high-performance engine and brakes.
There are signature M design features like the bonnet’s distinctive power dome which provides a clue at the potential of the M TwinPower Turbo engine and even allows space for the intercooler. The exterior mirrors are just as striking and with their suggested twin-stalk mounts demand one to pay extra attention. The mirrors have been designed to optimize the aerodynamics of both the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe.