T he new F80-generation M3 is drawing its share of cyber hate, mainly because of its engine configuration. Engines are (or should be) holy to a company whose name translates to “Bavarian Engine Factory,” and special powerplants should be part of what you pay for in any M car. But the new M3’s 3.0-liter turbo inline-six seems suspiciously similar to the lump fitted to everyday -35i BMWs. If the M3 has been reduced to a parts-bin fluff job, well, then God is dead and the war’s begun.
On closer examination, however, this new double-turbo engine, named S55, proves to be as special as any M3 mill that came before it. For the most part, it’s a new design, with two air-to-liquid intercoolers, a stiffer closed-deck block, and a magnesium oil pan. It pumps out 425 horsepower at 7300 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque just off idle, at 1850 rpm. Fans of great engine notes will quiver at its deep rumble—manlier and less cotton-stuffed than most turbocharged engines. Compared with the previous 4.0-liter V-8, it produces a modest increase in power (11 horses) but a huge bulge in torque (111 pound-feet).
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- VehicleGreen BMW F80 M3
- Wheel Style / Config.Skol Forged SK6 3-Piece
- Wheel FinishBrushed Raw Aluminum (Satin)
- Wheel SizeFront: 20" / Rear: 20"
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