Production start for iconic sports car at BMW Group’s Munich plant

Munich. This week sees the start of series production
of the new BMW M3 at BMW Group Plant Munich. 35 years after the debut
of the very first BMW M3, BMW M GmbH presented the latest generation
of its high-performance cars in the premium mid-size segment in
September: the new BMW M3 and the new BMW M4. Earlier this week,
series production started at the BMW Group plant in Munich. “We are
very pleased to be producing the new BMW M3 at our parent plant going
forward,” commented Plant Director Robert Engelhorn. “It’s such an
iconic car and has many fans among our team at the plant, me included.”

The arrival of the new BMW M3 completes the 3 Series range at the
Munich plant. From the 3 Series Sedan and 3 Series Touring to the M3,
including all plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel engines – all models
and drive variants are made on the same line. “The integration of the
M3 went absolutely smoothly. We benefitted from the vast experience
gained with previous generations of BMW M vehicles,” explained Robert
Engelhorn. The BMW M4 was produced in Munich until well into the
spring; it has now found its new home at the Dingolfing plant. This
has meant that the stand-alone assembly process for the CFRP roof of
the M4 Coupe, for example, could also be adopted for the new M3. At
the Munich plant’s in-house seat production where the newly developed
M carbon bucket seats are manufactured, on the other hand, totally new
manual workflows are being introduced. The hood and the side panels of
the M3 are also handcrafted and assembled manually.

The market launch of the new BMW M3 and the BMW M4 Coupe will begin
in March 2021. In addition to the stand-alone vehicle concepts of a
sedan with room for five passengers and a four-seater coupe, the drive
technology also offers room for individuality: Both new BMW M models
are powered by a high-revving inline-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo
technology and with two different power delivery levels available. A
unique option in the segment is that the high-performance sports cars
can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Other options
include an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the
intelligent M xDrive all-wheel drive system as an alternative to the
traditional rear-wheel drive. For the first time in the history of the
BMW M3 and BMW M4 models, an all-wheel drive system will be available
from summer 2021 onwards.

For further information on technologies and equipment options, please
see the press kit[1]

The new BMW M3 Sedan:
consumption combined: 10.8 l/100 km [26.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 248 g/km.

The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan:
fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l/100 km [27.7
mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 234 g/km.


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