Since the first BMW M3 debuted in 1988, it has grown in just about every way, and the new 2008/2009 M3 coupe is no exception. It is anticipated to be the fastest one yet. Following in hot pursuit of the M3 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the maker has unveiled the images of the production 2008/2009 M3 coupe. Similar to the concept, the production car features a high-revving V8 powerplant, tuned suspension, a six-speed manual transmission, a carbon-fiber roof, and all the exterior modifications typical of an “M” car. This mighty auto will offer 420 hp from 4.0 litters and maximum torque of 295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm. In keeping with BMW’s high-revving “M” tradition, the maximum engine speed is 8,300 rpm. Furthermore, it sports the lightest V8 engine in the world, weighing less than the previous M3’s inline-six.
Due to go on sale in North American in mid-2008 as a 2009 model, Convertible and sedan options are expected to follow later in 2008.