The top speed of the BMW M3 E92 on the highway makes us miss the music of the V8
The proliferation of forced induction allowed high-performance cars to get even faster, but some of the magic was lost in the transition. Objectively speaking, the following generations of the E92 are more refined and luxurious, and yet many people would give up all that in exchange for the return of the NA V8. This video shot on the highway shows what enthusiasts will never find in a new BMW M, a large displacement naturally aspirated engine.
It’s not that BMW refuses to do it, but with increasingly stringent emissions regulations and governments pushing to get everyone in an electric vehicle, the S65-powered M3 will become a distant memory with the weather. This latest upcoming M3 in coupe form was taken to an unrestricted section of the legendary German Autobahn where the 4.0-liter unit had enough empty road to stretch their legs by lifting the tachometer needle au- above 8000 rpm.
Hitting 310 km / h (193 mph) in a sports coupe isn’t anything out of the ordinary by today’s standards, but the real excitement is getting there by hearing the V8 sing its sweet tune. Truth be told, the M3 wasn’t really doing that kind of speed, as the car’s speedometer seemed to be hilariously inaccurate. Although it displays above 300 km / h, the GPS-based measurement app on the smartphone does not exceed 276 km / h (171 mph).
It should be borne in mind that this generation of the M3 was not the only one to obtain a V8 since the previous E46 offered a raw GTR version, necessary to homologate the M3 GTR for racing. Only six were made at a quarter of a million euros each, but these are so rare that many consider the E92 to be the only M3 with an eight-cylinder mill.
The silver lining for combustion engine fans is that BMW M is determined to keep the inline six and V8 alive at least until the end of the decade by constantly improving efficiency to meet stricter laws. on emissions. The availability of a manual gearbox in today’s M3 is a rarity in the segment, while the very first xDrive configuration gives customers more options to choose from. With an M3 CS and M4 CSL nearly confirmed, fans of M products have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years.
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