2012 BMW M3 Sedan
The BMW M3 represents the pinnacle of sedan performance, and remains one of the most respected nameplates both on the streets and on the track. With a history dating back to the 1980s, the M3 is one of only a handful of cars surviving today that can claim to be born from racing. The fourth-generation M3 continues that high-performance legacy, now packing a 414-hp 4.0-liter V-8 engine and a suspension tuned by BMW's M Division
BMW added the orangalicious, bewinged, and stripped-out GTS to the M3 coupe lineup last summer; the next model in the special-edition pecking order, apparently, is the M3 sedan.
Such a model was previewed by the Lightweight M3 Sedan Concept shown this past April, and now the company is putting the production version through its paces at the Nürburgring. Heck, the car seen here may actually be the “concept,” as it looks identical—right down to the black wheels—excepting windows you can actually see through and the missing chin spoiler.
This special M3 won’t be an exact, tit-for-tat partner for the GTS. BMW says that, in the interest of streetability, the GTS sedan will instead occupy the wafer-thin real estate between that hard-core variant and the stock car. It’s thus unlikely to make as much power as the 444-horse GTS (or get that car’s bored-out 4.4-liter), instead utilizing a slightly brawnier version of the regular 4.0-liter S65 V-8, which is good for 414 hp in basic tune.