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2007 BMW M3 Concept

2007 BMW M3 Concept

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Perhaps BMW really intended the M3 Concept to be seen as a preview of the real car coming later this year. But with production-ready touches and finishes and exotica like a carbon-fiber roof, the M3 Concept seems more than 90-percent ready to charge on to autobahns and interstates alike.

The concept on display at theGenevamotor show starts, as usual, with the 3-Series two-door. But, BMW says, almost every bit of the 3er has been rethought in the transition to becoming the M3.

 

The focus begins on the engine bay, where an “M3-typical” V-8 engine is present — though not on display in Geneva, as the M3 Concept was tucked away in a corner of the BMW display, behind the new 5-Series and 1-Series three-door.

 

The changes reshape the familiar 3-Series profile into a huskier, more menacing shape. In front, a sharper spoiler, a hood power bulge, and big air intakes sketch out the M3’s putative performance. Down the sides of the body, more pronounced wheel arches, fender gills, and side skirts give the silhouette some additional ballast. The M3 concept also wears striking 19-inch alloy wheels. Rear air diffusers and dual exhausts complete the impression. Only the doors and decklid are carried over from the standard car.

 

No small effort has gone into making the M3 Concept a lighter vehicle than it might have been, with its added engine heft. The hood is aluminum, side panels are made of composite materials, and the roof is crafted from carbon fiber and plastic, which lowers weight and the car’s center of gravity.

BMW says the M3 Concept Car “is a vision that shows where striving for the ultimate driving experience will take us in the future.” Anyone taking bets on a production version at the Frankfurt show?

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