2009 BMW M3 will Come to the U.S. in Mid-2008

BMW recently unveiled the M3 Concept at the Geneva Auto Show, but now we have info on the production version, 2009 BMW M3, that is set to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2008.

Autoweek has the first few photos and specs of the new car.

The new car features a 4.0L V8 instead of the 3.2L straight-six in the previous version. The 4.0L is essentially a shortened version of the V-10 in the M5 and it produces 420 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine redlines at 8400 rpm and weighs 30 pounds less than the 3.4L version. The power is put to the ground through a six-speed stick. A double-clutch gearbox may be in the future. BMW estimates a 0-62 time of 4.8 seconds.

The new M3 features all of the latest technology available: regenerative braking, ABS, ASC, CBC and DSC.

There will also be sedan, and convertible versions of the new M3

Full Story: Autoweek2008_m3_side2008_m3_engine_prod2008_m3_interior