New M3 variants testing

The M3 saloon is back
The M3 saloon is back
The new M3 coupe doesn’t have its international launch until next month, but here’s proof that the development of its sister models is moving apace.

Although the cars wear light disguise over some of their M specific details, the trademark quad exhaust pipes and power bulge bonnets can clearly be seen.

As can also be seen from the pictures, the convertible (the black car) uses the folding metal roof from the new 3 series convertible, unlike the soft fabric roof of the old E46 M3 Convertible. The saloon version (the silver car) is making a comeback since the days when it was offered as a variant on the E36 shape M3.

M3 Convertible uses folding metal roof
M3 Convertible uses folding metal roof
It looks doubtful that either of these new M3 variants will be seen before early next year, as the coupe isn’t due to be launched until the autumn. A saloon M3 at the Detroit show and the Convertible at Geneva 2008 seem a fair bet.

The much – rumoured M3 Touring remains a mystery, with the car supposedly testing in private. BMW board members are said to be watching closely the sales progress of the recently launched M5 Touring before making a decision on whether to expand the M3 range to a fourth model. If they go for it, don’t expect a Touring until late 2008.







 

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  • taffyracer 23 Jun 2007

    Just sold mine, 48000 miles, june 04, lots of kit, 24,000 p/ex, paid 36,000 with 3k on the clock so £12,000 over 2 years and 45,000 miles is ok for a car of this sort

  • m12_nathan 23 Jun 2007

    Is now a good time to point out that 4wd is gay?

  • MK4 Slowride 23 Jun 2007

    Crimp a Length said:
    Mate of mine has gotta an 03 M3 all the bits/bells and whistles etc,in other words fully loaded. 40k on clock FSH and wants around 20k for it!!
    I'm surprised but he can't shift it, and claims he will lose hand over fist on it.
    The residuels on these is poor nowadays isn't it?
    I was looking at replacing her indoors car with something a bit more practical to replace the RX8 and thought the M3 would be a reasonable choice as an RS4 which is what she would like (dream on!!) are still mega bucks.
    Looked on here and theres 100's for sale, maybe cheaper in the long run to hold onto the RX8? scratchchin
    Or land myself a cheap saloon like the M3
    03-M3 FSH full loaded with 40K will be worht at least £25,000. Had a mate who sold his individual M3 with 52,000 miles for £20,000.

  • taffyracer 23 Jun 2007

    So it's lost about 55% of its value over 4 years, doesn't seem too bad to me

  • Crimp a Length 22 Jun 2007

    Mate of mine has gotta an 03 M3 all the bits/bells and whistles etc,in other words fully loaded. 40k on clock FSH and wants around 20k for it!!
    I'm surprised but he can't shift it, and claims he will lose hand over fist on it.
    The residuels on these is poor nowadays isn't it?
    I was looking at replacing her indoors car with something a bit more practical to replace the RX8 and thought the M3 would be a reasonable choice as an RS4 which is what she would like (dream on!!) are still mega bucks.
    Looked on here and theres 100's for sale, maybe cheaper in the long run to hold onto the RX8? scratchchin
    Or land myself a cheap saloon like the M3

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