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Steane Klose | Jun 22, 2008

In a first for BMW Australia the four-door sedan version of the V8 M3 will be heading downunder, with a limited supply expected in time for Christmas this year.

BMW has noted, that in spite of rising prices at the pump, Australia’s love affair with V8 performance cars continues seemingly unabated, paving the way for the addition of the BMW V8 M3 to the M3 range - currently being spearheaded by the highly successful M3 Coupé and soon to be released M3 Convertible.

“The arrival of the BMW M3 Sedan in Australia will make Christmas really special for an exclusive band of our enthusiastic customers this year,” said Tom Noble, General Manager Marketing at BMW Group Australia.

With from the, BMW M3 Sedan customers can expect to reel in the horizon at an astonishing rate, and be entertained aurally in the process.

The unique high-revving 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 309kW and 400Nm and has an 8,400 rpm redline. It will reach 100 km/h from rest in just 4.7 seconds, yet consumes only an average of 11.9-litres of fuel per 100km on the European cycle.

The BMW M3 Sedan will be offered in Australia with both a conventional six-speed manual gearbox and the all new seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic; the latest twin clutch arrangement that delivers even faster acceleration in a completely seamless manner.

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The exterior of the M3 Sedan will carry over many of the unique M features seen on the M3 Coupé and Convertible models such as the aggressive front-end treatment (albeit subtly modified), bulging bonnet with air intake grilles, mudguard gills, sport side sills, rear air diffuser and of course the trademark quad-pack exhaust pipes.

There are 18-inch light alloy M design wheels and hugely powerful brakes, capable of reigning in the M3 from its electronically limited 250 km/h top speed.

“The refined, engaging performance and handling, the five-seat practicality, and the unique visual appeal of the M3 are sure to make it a winner. Of course the concept of a light-weight V8 engine in the already agile and perfectly balanced 3 Series Sedan guarantees a stimulating drive each time you climb in.”

The M3 Sedan chassis carries over only one component from the standard E90 Sedan, and in all, between 70 and 80 percent of the M3 Sedan is unique when compared with the E90 Sedan range.

The new V8 will also be the first M3 model of the current generation to offer seating for five, making it the most practical and fun way to enjoy M3 motoring.

BMW will announce pricing closer to the launch of the car in Australia but the M3 Sedan is expected to be priced in line with 3 Series family policy, that is, at a level slightly below that of the comparable Coupé or Convertible models.

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