With 425 hp on tap thanks to its new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, the brand new BMW F80 M3 is no slouch even if the new C63 AMG has 80 hp more in top-spec. But just how fast is the new M3 down the drag strip with street legal tyres?
Well a stunning 2014 BMW M3 finished in Austin Yellow recently hit the Atco Raceway and managed to clock a very impressive 11.66 second quarter mile time at 191 km/h. One of the reasons such a quick time was clocked is that the car was running on 103 octane unleaded fuel inevitably leading to a boost in power over 95 octane and 98 octane fuels commonly used. Additionally, this M3 is fitted with the dual-clutch transmission.
As mentioned, the new M3 as well as its two door sibling, the M4, produces 425 hp between 5390 rpm and 7000 rpm. It also delivers 406 lb-ft of torque from a low 1800 rpm to 5390 rpm. That torque figure is available across a broad rev range and is an improvement over the outgoing BMW E92 M3 of 40 per cent. As a result of this brand new powerplant, both the 2014 BMW M3 and 2014 BMW M4 will sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds which equipped with the optional seven-speed M double clutch transmission. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h but this can be increased to 280 km/h with the optional M driver’s package.
In addition to this increase in power and torque, both new models weigh around 80 kg less than a comparably equipped predecessor model. As a result, the BMW M4 Coupe tips the scales at 1,497 kg while the M3 Sedan stands at 1,520 kg in base specification. These weight savings have been achieved through the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic as well as a carbon fiber roof and aluminium chassis and body components.