BMW Malaysia launched the E92 M3 Coupe in December last year with a manual transmission, but for those who prefer a junior M5 with 4 doors and clutch-less shifting, they have just introduced the E90 BMW M3 Sedan here in Malaysia.
From the front, the BMW M3 Sedan looks nothing like its non-M siblings. From A-pillar forward onwards it uses the E92 M3 Coupes nose, which features a more aggressive kidney grille and headlamps. It rides on large M light alloy Double-spoke 260 M style alloy wheels wrapped with 245/40 R18 tyres at the front and 265/40 R18 rear tyres.
Under the car’s hood is the new 4.0 litre V8 engine in the M3 Coupe which produces 414 horsepower at 8,300rpm and 400Nm of torque from a relatively low 3,900rpm considering the car’s very wide rev range. 340Nm is constantly available across the whole rev range up to 6,500rpm. The M3 Sedan also gets what is probably BMW’s most widely implemented EfficientDynamics feature, Brake Energy Regeneration.
Clutchless shifting is via BMW’s new M Double-Clutch Transmission, or M DCT. This is BMW’s first twin-clutch transmission in a production vehicle, featuring 7 gear ratios that is computer-shifted according to 6 Drivelogic programs.
The programs vary from setting 1 which provides maximum shifting comfort up to setting 6 for maximum performance. Drivelogic programs vary the speed at which one clutch engages and the other disengages.
The interior features electrically adjustable M seats, a multifunction M leather steering wheel with the M Drive button and Carbon Stucture Leather interior trims, and â€œNovilloâ€ leather seats in special colours. Also standard is BMW Individual headliner in Antracite. The Carbon Structure Leather trim is quite a nice touch as instead of brushed aluminium or wood trim, you get leather trim. You can see this in the photo available after the jump.
The E90 BMW M3 Sedan with the 7-speed M DCT carries a premium price of RM713,800, compared to the E92 M3 Coupe with 6-speed manual’s price tag of RM668,800. The best part is… its 4.0 litre road tax is now RM200 cheaper! :P
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