3D Design announces new BMW M3 Sedan (F80)

Article by Anita Panait, on February 15, 2015

Japanese company 3D Design has never been about extreme tuning or even outrageous body kits. This is evident in their newly released 3D Design kit for the F80 M3. The kit has parts that are composed of carbon fiber giving the car just a bit of that style and class it needs.

The kit allows an air splitter to be fastened to the front bumper to make the car more aerodynamic. It also has side skirts and a boot lid spoiler that while subtle, adds to the car’s good looks. While the kit makes it a gentleman’s car, it can go wild when needed.

This is because under the hood is a S55 3-liter inline and 6-cyclinder biturbo engine that can deliver 431 horsepower and reach a torque of 406 lb-ft. With a 7-speed DCT gearbox, the F80 M3 is able to go from 0 to 100 kph in 4.1 seconds.

There is also the option to go instead with the 6-speed manual box which decreases the time to 4.3 seconds, a small and barely noticeable difference. The F80 M3 retails for $62,000 but these additions can extend the price to more than $70,000.

The performance potential and astonishing handling traits of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe are properly expressed through their stunning design. As remarked by Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles, superior performance of the new M3 Sedan and new M4 Coupe should be apparent at first glance.

He noted that the exterior design of these models delivers a visual impact that takes the BMW M design language to a new level of expression, as underscored by their purposeful character, dynamic vitality and emotional appeal.

Powerful contours and a well-defined three-dimensionality mark the front end of the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe, allowing these models to stand out with their expressive faces. They are undeniably creations of BMW M, as proven certain design elements, like the distinctive twin-bar kidney grille with black grille bars and the M logo.

Other design elements that identify these models as part of the BMW M family are its twin headlight arrangement (LED technology is optional); the dynamic front apron with three large intakes channeling cooling air to the engine and brakes; the characteristic power dome on the bonnet; and the stunning exterior mirrors with suggested twin-stalk mounts.

The flanks of the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe also exude high levels of dynamism. When viewed from the sides, these M models reveal a long bonnet, long wheelbase, a set-back passenger compartment and short front overhang, as well as a number of M design elements.

Habib noted that the dynamic potential of these new M models is underlined by the muscular wheel arches and the stunning surface forms. These details are reinforced by further elements like the newly designed M gills that features integrated Air Breathers. These Air Breathers, along with the Air Curtains in the front apron, help optimize the airflow around the wheel arches to enhance the aerodynamics of the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe.

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