March 7, 2007
BMW announces new M3 concept car
Munich, Germany – BMW has unveiled a new M3 concept car at the Geneva Auto Show, based on the all-new 3 Series Coupe and using an M-tuned V8 engine. The company says it gives “a first impression of what a future BMW M3 might look like.”
The M3 features an aluminum Powerdome hood and large air intakes, forward-positioned front apron, sharply defined wheel arches, and 19-inch light alloy rims. Only the headlamps, taillamps, two doors and luggage compartment lid are adopted directly from the production 3 Series. The concept vehicle also uses a carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof (CFRP), using an exclusive production method in which the structure of the material remains visible, and is only coated with a layer of clear finish. The CFRP roof’s light weight reduces the overall vehicle weight and lowers the car’s centre of gravity.