From the moment you prod its starter button, the 2008 BMW M3 surprises you. Its 4.0-liter V8 is quiet — possibly too quiet — and settles to a lazy, subdued burble. It's obviously a very different kind of engine than the inline-6 that powered the old M3, and for a moment you wonder if the gang at BMW M have botched up the world's finest high-performance coupe....
2007 Porsche Cayman First Drive by Edmunds' Inside Line
Our weekend thrash of the new standard/regular/base/normal 2007 Porsche Cayman on German back roads and autobahns instantly revealed that this S-less wünder retains much of the inherent goodness and finely honed driving behavior of the original high-performance, 2-seat, midengine/rear-drive Cayman S coupe. What has been lost in the S-removal process is 50 horsepower, 0.7 second of 0-60 quickness, and $9,500 in price.
Benz v Bimmer: 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG vs. 2008 BMW M3 Sedan
There will be no Camaro vs. Mustang death match this week due to a distinct lack of Camaro, so can we interest you instead in a muscle-car comparison test? Here we have two classic nameplates, each with a 400-horsepower V8 stuffed into a smallish four-door body shell and powering only the rear wheels.
Naturally we're referring to those two paragons of modern muscle, the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan and the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
Don't be confused by the German nameplates, the aura of high-tech engineering and the rarefied price tags. The 2008 BMW M3 Sedan and 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG match up as naturally as any muscle cars on Woodward Avenue during the 1960s.
Battle of the Bimmers: BMW M3 v BMW 135i v BMW 335i
Before you start sending us flaming e-mails complaining that a comparison between the 2008 Audi S5 and the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe is an obvious mismatch from the get-go, you should know a few things.
Our first full test of the $53,000, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 was a bit of a revelation. With a 354-horsepower version of Audi's direct-injection 4.2-liter V8 under its hood, the voluptuous Audi S5 ran a 13.3-second quarter-mile at 104 mph, just 0.1 second and 2 mph shy of the 420-hp 2007 Audi RS4 sedan. What's more, the S5's slalom speed is within a couple mph of the harsh-riding RS-spec sedan. "It ran a 13.3? With that kind of speed, who needs a $67,000 RS4?" we asked ourselves.
We believe so strongly in the 2008 Audi S5 that it earned our Inside Line's inaugural Editors' Choice Award.
So we acquired (hastily perhaps) another 2008 Audi S5 and set it against the new 2008 BMW M3 Coupe, a car now fortified with V8 power for the first time. Speed-reading the specifications sheets of these two cars, they seem like natural rivals: the 354-hp, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 measured against the 414-hp, rear-wheel-drive 2008 BMW M3.
But as it turns out, we gave the 2008 Audi S5 a bigger challenge than we had initially intended.
2008 BMW M3 - America's Best Handling Car Contender
We test the 2008 BMW M3 for America's Best Handling Car competition. Read the story here:
BMW M3 - part 1 - by Autocar.co.uk
Chris takes delivery of his new BMW M3, and runs through the bizarre rituals that one must undertake before even turning a wheel. For more BMW news and reviews visit http://www.autocar.co.uk/bmw/
2008 BMW M3 Coupe Review by Auto123.com
Watch the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe review video by http://www.auto123.com
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2008 BMW M3 Convertible @ the Track
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The M3 convertible is immensely satisfying on a sensory level, but it's less focused and less capable than the M3 coupe and sedan.
BMW M5 M6 Launch Control - Instructions & How to Setup
http://www.RidesChannel.com Clip 1 of 2 on How to use the Launch Control system in the E63 M6 or E60 M5.
The first clip shows you how to use the buttons around the gear lever and lever to launch.
The second clip shows you how to setup the M mode button to have it ready to Launch with one touch.
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