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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  • smele 14 Jun 2007

    That looks like a very big folding metal roof. Perhaps largest available today?

  • MK4 Slowride 14 Jun 2007

    Super sweet M3's, I wander what lap times they were setting if they were being pushed at all. If you want one better order now as there's going to be a big wait as you'd expect for a superb piece of machinery as a BMW M3.

  • dazren 14 Jun 2007

    Hope they make the M3 saloon with a manual gearbox.

  • andyinPembs 14 Jun 2007

    Odd wheels on the soft-top. Mind you, can;t really call it a soft top can I?...

    I want the M3 touring!

  • Wanta996 14 Jun 2007

    It will be interesting what price the 3 Series saloon will drop at and what market is it targeting? Evos? C55s? I just find the 3 series too cramped in the back to buy as a 4 door alternative, the M5 makes sense but not sure about an M3 4 door.

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