The New V8 Power Unit for the M3
BMW Press Release


* European press kit - US specifications not finalized at press time.
Page 2: Description in Brief
Page 3: Short Version
Page 8: Long Version
Page 23: Specifications
Page 24: Output and Torque Diagram

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  • First eight-cylinder for the BMW M3 sports car.
  • Supreme performance ensured by 309 kW/420 hp from 4.0 litres.
  • Maximum torque of 400 Newton-metres (295 lb-ft) at 3, 900 rpm, 85 per cent of maximum torque over a speed range of 6,500 rpm.
  • Unique thrust and muscle ensured by consistent implementation of the M high-speed engine concept, maximum engine speed 8,300 rpm.
  • Consistent lightweight construction of engine and ancillary units, new V8 power unit one of the lightest eight-cylinders in the world, lighter than the straight-six power unit in the former model.
  • Variable camshaft control, low-pressure double-VANOS for an optimum charge cycle, system offering full power and performance even with normal engine oil pressure.
  • Eight individual throttle butterflies for spontaneous engine response.
  • Consistent and reliable oil supply with longitudinal and lateral acceleration up to 1.4 g ensured by two oil pumps and wet sump oil lubrication optimised for supreme dynamic behaviour.
  • Exhaust system optimising cylinder charge, optimised for weight and function by means of internal high-pressure remoulding, exhaust emissions fulfil EU4 and LEV 2 standards.
  • Upgraded MSS60 engine control unit for optimum coordination of all engine functions with the various control systems in the car.
  • Ion flow technology recognising and distinguishing engine knocking phenomena as well as misfiring and miscombustion by measurement of ion flow in the combustion chambers.
  • Brake Energy Regeneration with intelligent alternator control.

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