It is widely regarded that exhaust notes are the music of automotive symphony, created by an orchestra. And in each orchestra, a conductor leads a myriad of instruments, namely strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
Showcasing this German orchestra, we have the BMW M3… Well, this time round, it’s another generation of the famed M3 — The F series. As the Blech-instrumente, or better known as the brass, we feel their vibrations while they rumble the streets.
The generation F of the M3 marked a change in direction with regard to M3 body styles. This is the start of the generation where sedans are the norm for M3, and all other body styles were shifted to the other models (i.e. coupe to become M4). Frankly speaking, we say it’s about time this happened.
Also, the F80 M3 is the first M3 to feature turbocharging, powered by the BMW S55 twin-turbocharged straight-six engine. Despite the smaller displacement than the V8 engine used by the previous generation of M3, the switch from NA to turbo resulted in the increase in peak power and peak torque. Some might argue that the loss of the V rumble is too much of a change, but we think it’s called ‘progress’ for BMW.
To be continued…
This piece is filmed in collaboration with BMW M Club of Singapore