Is it? Is it not? What is it? Whose is it? April’s Fool’s? Well, now it looks like BMW has officially recognized the beast, and taken back the covers from this skunkworks project.
Power is developed from the same 4.0-litre V8 developing its 414bhp at 8300rpm and 295lb ft at 3900rpm via the standard 6-speed gearbox.
In order to accomidate the new trunk and gate, substantial modifications had to be made to the rear suspension. The M3 pick-up still weighs in 50kg under the M3 convertible’s weight. Wind tunnel tests have also revealed the pick-up to be just as drag conscious as the Coupe counterpart.
The most obvious statistical improvement comes to the M3s load capacity Now at 450kg with an added trailer tow hitch, a first … CONTINUED
For those of you who thought you called BMW’s april fool’s joke with the M3 pickup edition, look again. Here is BMW UK’s April Fool’s joke, the M3 Royal Edition.
Here is the official press release describing the new royal edition.
The first three G-power M3 GTS have arrived and their engine displacements have been bored to an increase of 10% and rebuilt with low-compression forged pistons. This extra displacement, combined with a specially tuned version of their SK II CS supercharger system, has resulted in 720hp! This represents an increase of 270hp over the factory M3 GTS (450hp). How much faster this catapults the car from the factory figures (4.4 sec 0-100km/h and 305km/h) is not yet known, but will surely be announced in due time.
Live through an M3 european delivery vicariously via this lucky M3post member’s 25 minute video detailing the experience one goes through on a BMW european delivery. Watch a BMW motorbike ridden inside the Welt, footage of various parts of the Welt and BMW Museum, the excitement BKMK5 experiences when picking up his new M3, some spirited driving, and finally some German sights.
Ok, one M3 GTS is impressive enough, but three M3 GTS gathered in one place at a time, especially when that place is the Nurburgring track, is on another stratosphere of awesomeness. Check out the footage of the triplet M3 GTS being ogled as well as some eye and ear candy from their runs on the track.
There’s write-ups, and then there’s WRITE-UPS. M3POST member mr_yogi posts what is one of the most comprehensive M3 decision, ordering, and performance center delivery journals we have ever had the pleasure of reading. Congrats to yogi and his wife on their beautiful new Le Mans Blue E90 M3. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to follow the journal and photos, it’s well worth it.
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The Chinese have previously seen a special edition M3 exclusive to their market – in the form of the M3 Tiger Edition. Apparently demand was good enough to warrant yet another special edition – the M3 Matte Edition
Like most of the other special M3 edition models, this one is cosmetics only – concentrating on the exterior color finish. The exterior will be offered in gunmetal gray or black, each in a metallic matte finish (achieved by combining a metallic finish with a matte clear coat). The other unique cosmetic styling bits include black chrome side M gills and exhaust pipes, and red brake calipers. A BMW Performance shift knob is also included.
Interior styling includes carbon fiber trim with matching black carbon fiber leather seats with contrasting … CONTINUED
Autoblog now has definitive confirmation that the M3 pickup is BMW’s 2011 April Fool’s Joke (last year featured their Political Roundel Attachment Tag gag). According to Autoblog: In a chat with BMW’s Munich head of product communications, Dirk Arnold, he offered up this quote: “Ah, yes, everyone’s been talking about that pickup. But, no, this is… how you call it, an April Fool’s Joke” [in German "Aprilscherz" - ed.]. There will be no M3 pickup in our futures, kids. But then Arnold sort of overcommunicated to us by dangling one of those “…in this generation” qualifiers. He then also managed to immediately clarify, “It is hugely doubtful that BMW will ever during our lives produce such a vehicle, in any segment.” Oh, pooh.
This is a must action video of the monstrous 700+hp Manhart V8RS 4.4L M3 with the engine transplant from X6M! It’s in German, but when you have sights and sounds like this, words are barely necessary. Just look at the driver’s reaction and you can imagine the fury of this car.