Zen-M : BMW Z4 M Coupe

The new high-performance BMW Z4 M Coupé generates 343hp and 365Nm of torque from its 3.2L straight-six cylinder engine. Maximum power is generated at 7,900rpm while 80 per cent of the maximum torque is available from 2,000rpm.

The renowned power and flexibility of the 'M' engine contributes to a zero to 100km/h time of 5.0 seconds and propels the car to an electronically limited top speed of 248km/h. Power is transferred to the road via a six-speed short-shift manual transmission.

M3 So Sexy : BMW M3 Cabriolet (E46) [review]

It is true that open top cars have less structural rigidity than their coupe counterparts but in this case the E46 M3 Convertible has been strategically reinforced with some 70 kg more steel. Chassis shudder is minimal and only the worst roads revealed any sign of distress, it’s A-pillar remaining wobble-free for the most part. Mind you the suspension seems to be almost as firm as the coupe’s and the car came shod with ultra low profile 18-inch Pilot Sports mk1. (read the primer on M3 E46 HERE)


The M3 actually began life in 1986 although BMW Motorsport GmbH had started way back in 1972 with some legendary models like the M1, M535i, M5 and M635 CSi proudly wearing its red-violet and blue “M” badge. Initially intended for motorsport homologation purposes, the original 5000 examples swelled to 18,000 by the time the first M3 retired from production.

The sassy M3-E46

BMW “M” is the specialist company within the ranks of BMW AG that makes the sporty M-versions of BMW’s production series cars. It started in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH and made the red-violet and blue “M” badge a very sought after icon. Still used to this date but the company has since become known simply as M GmbH. One might remember some legendary models like the M1, M535i, M5, M635 CSi.

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Although BMW intended the Z-3 to be an upmarket MX-5 contender, the scenario quickly changed when Porsche and Mercedes Benz decided to unleash their Boxter and SLK roadsters. Suddenly the 1.9-litre engine was not enough and the 2.8-litre straight six was rushed to the rescue. Not contented, the M department of BMW also made suggestions to the board for consideration.

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