(from BMW Group Press
Release) THE BMW M3 CONCEPT CAR
• Concept study of a BMW M3 by BMW M GmbH, dimensions and
fundamental form based on BMW 3 Series Coupé, exclusive new
engineering of almost every body element, purpose-built for
individualistic form and maximum sporting potential.
• At the core of this concept study is an M3-typical V8 engine tuned
to the high revving M concept.
• Front design conveying a high performance sports car, functional
execution of the front apron and engine compartment lid, a robust
Powerdome and large air intakes that express the vehicle's superior
drive power, particularly voluminous air intakes for ample air
supply to the engine compartment through the elimination of fog
lamps, typical of M, and a front apron in a pronounced forward
position that symbolises the car's motoring spirit.
• Sharply defined wheel arches, gill-shaped openings in the front
side walls with an elaborate three-dimensional design typical of M
cars, and chrome brackets with integrated direction
indicators.Characteristic M-brand side skirts providing the side
view with an energy-laden accent, visual emphasis of the rear-wheel
drive and car's wide track, 19-inch light alloy rims with the
characteristic Y-spoke design, exclusive exterior mirrors with an
aerodynamically optimised design.
• Rear design with horizontal lines accentuating the car's wide
track, pronounced wheel orientation as a symbol of its powerful
stance, rear diffuser that mirrors design elements of the front
apron, balanced proportions underlining the BMW M3's supremacy,
M-typical double tailpipes arranged toward the centre of the
• Intelligent lightweight construction that directly influences the
vehicle's agility and dynamic performance, aluminium engine
compartment lid. Side walls made of synthetic material and CFRP roof
that optimise weight distribution and centre of gravity, visible
CFRP roof construction as an additional design element, emphasis of
flat silhouette and high tech character of the vehicle.
The Vision of Ultimate Driving Pleasure:
The BMW M3 Concept Car.
Its very name is a symbol for unique performance on the racetrack
and in everyday traffic. For two decades, BMW M3 has embodied the
athletic heart of the brand in its most fundamental and succinct
form. Its dominating role in motor sports and the ultimate driving
experience it affords the driver on the road are inseparably
intertwined. The qualities on which this synthesis is founded have
given the BMW M3 the exceptional status it enjoys the world over.
At BMW M GmbH, engineers have persisted in continuing this success
story with the presentation of the new BMW M3 Concept Car. The
concept study being presented to the public for the first time at
the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva (8th to 18th of March,
2007) gives a first impression of what a future BMW M3 might look
The basic form for the BMW M3 Concept Car is a derivative of the new
BMW 3 Series Coupé. The few components adopted directly from the
series model are the headlamps and taillamps and, as the only body
elements, the two doors and the luggage compartment lid. In all
other respects, the BMW M3 Concept Car, which is being presented in
the Chrome Shadow finish characteristic of BMW M GmbH concept
studies, is obviously an individualistic and athletic vehicle with
technology at the focus of its engineering.
Individualistic body concept with emotional aesthetics.
In keeping with tradition, the engineers at BMW M GmbH developed the
BMW M3 Concept Car as a fundamentally individualistic vehicle. The
level of commitment to this approach is clearly demonstrated by its
body. While it is based on the dimensions and the underlying form of
the BMW 3 Series Coupé, virtually all body elements have been newly
developed and designed from the ground up. Apart from the supporting
vehicle structure, only the doors and the luggage compartment lid
were taken over from the series model.
All other components were specially engineered for the BMW M3
Concept Car, lending the vehicle exterior unique aesthetics that
accentuate its superior power. Unmistakable features that make the
BMW M3 Concept Car instantly recognisable are the special trim at
the front and rear, the engine compartment lid with its bulging
Powerdome and two air intakes, the lateral air slots in the front
side walls, the side skirts and the exterior mirrors in a BMW M
Faithful to the principle of "form follows function" in designing
the body for
the concept study, designers at BMW M GmbH used elements that not
only visually emphasise the increased sportiness of the vehicle, but
also serve a technical purpose. Conspicuous at the front are three
large air intakes below the cooling grille that supply the engine
with additional intake and cooling air. Strong, vertical struts
delineate the air intakes and enhance their characteristic form.
The aluminium engine compartment lid exhibits a wide bulging
curvature known as the Powerdome. Like the air intakes beside it,
the Powerdome suggests the great potential that can be expected of a
powerplant in the engine bay of a BMW M3. The M3 Concept Car
features a high revving V8 engine that is anticipated for the series
car once it goes into production.
The contours of the Powerdome and air intakes are in line with the
forward-pointing sweep of the engine compartment lid and
harmoniously blend into the overall design of the front, which is
longer than that of the BMW 3 Series Coupé. Together with the double
kidney grille typical of BMW and the flat headlamp units, they lend
the BMW M3 Concept Car a highly dynamic character.
Wheel arches and side skirts communicate agility and stability.
The muscular front wheel arches of the BMW M3 Concept Car symbolise
the high level of agility and driving stability achieved by this
vehicle.Together with the forged 19-inch light alloy rims in the
classic Y-spoke design, they emphasise the vehicle's wide track,
while a glance through the spokes of the rims reveals the compound
high performance brakes developed exclusively for M vehicles.
The opening behind the wheel arch on the front side wall, which the
designers refer to as gills, has an elaborate three-dimensional form
that is split by a discreet chrome bracket containing the direction
indicator and the M3 logo.
Two arched surfaces form the pronounced side skirt, creating a
purposefully designed contrast between light and shadow. By giving
the side wall a lower appearance, the side skirt lends the car a
lighter, sportier look from this angle. The incidence of light on
the likewise sharply defined rear wing and wheel stresses the
dynamic character of this vehicle and visually highlights its
The design of the side skirt corresponds with the shape of the
strongly pronounced contour line. The play of light and shadow
between the parallel contours of the skirt and contour line brings
about a tightness in design that emphasises the individual character
of the BMW M3 Concept Car even more strongly.
Exclusive exterior mirrors developed for the BMW M3 Concept Car
feature the characteristic black double foot that reminds the viewer
of the wings of an aircraft. Even this small detail is in keeping
with the principle of "form follows function". With their horizontal
contour line and tapered shape toward the outside, the exterior
mirrors not only contribute to the overall impression of the
vehicle, but their aerodynamic shape, optimised in a wind tunnel,
is advantageous to air resistance values.
Wide track, muscular stance - rear design emphasises dynamic
The rear of the BMW M3 Concept Car picks up on the design of the
car's front. The side lines gradually sink toward the rear and the
wings end in a modelled hollow flute, emphasising the rear-wheel
drive and visualising the superior dynamics of this vehicle. From
any angle, the rear creates the impression of a pronounced wheel
orientation and a muscular stance.
Its proportions lend it confidence and a calm yet powerful
A visually discreet spoiler lip on the luggage compartment lid, also
a Gurney flap, optimally channels the air at the rear and
reduces lift on the rear axle.
The contours of the diffuser, whose design is subdivided by modelled
struts, mirror the shape of the air intakes at the front. The
diffuser and the double exhaust tailpipes positioned close to the
vehicle's longitudinal axis appear to pull the rear together at the
centre and build up a tension in conjunction with the horizontal
lines of the bumper. The tailpipes have a round cross section and
are cut off vertically, as is typical for BMW M GmbH engineering.
Exclusive roof with visible carbon fibre structure.
There is hardly a body element in the BMW M3 Concept Car that
exhibits the level of advanced technology as clearly as the roof. It
is constructed of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
Specialists at the BMW Plant in Landshut, Germany, rely on an
exclusive production method in which the structure of the Formula 1
material remains visible and the finely structured surface is only
coated with a layer of clear finish.
As a highly visible advanced technology component, the CFRP roof
dominates the technically innovative appearance of the BMW M3
Concept Car. Seen from the side, it lets the roof edge appear
flatter and thus lowers the perceived body height. Apart from the
exclusive appearance, the CFRP roof also offers a real technical
advantage: It is considerably lighter than a steel roof. This not
only reduces the overall vehicle weight, but by reducing the weight
of the highest element in the body, the centre of gravity is lowered
as well. Thus, the reduction in weight at this location is
particularly beneficial to the agility and dynamic performance of
The CFRP roof is a perfect example of how interlinking technical
innovation with an individual design strategy was central to the
development of the BMW M3 Concept Car. Following the tradition of
the previous three generations of the BMW M3, this concept study
represents a high performance sports car interpreted for use in
everyday diving, with its every detail being yet another example of
the objective pursued by the engineers. The BMW M3 Concept Car is a
vision that shows where striving for the ultimate driving experience
will take us in the future.