The fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series, the E90 will end this year. Also, BMW announced that will stop producing the sedan M3 in October.
M3 coupe and convertible fans have some more time, however. The E92 M3 and E93 M3 will continue to be produced until at least June 2012. So in case you are interested on buying a new M3, well you better be hurry.
The M3 high-performance variant of the coupe debuted in 2007 at the Geneva Auto Show. It features a V8 engine for the first time in a 3-series, the S65B40, which is derived from the BMW S85 V10 that powers the E60 M5. In keeping with BMW’s high-revving “M” tradition, maximum engine speed is 8,300 rpm. The engine is one of the lightest V8 in the world, weighing less than the previous M3’s inline-six.
The M3 high performance variant of the convertible debuted in 2008, sharing the same powertrain as the M3 saloon (which also debuted for 2008) and coupe (released in 2007). Apart from the body structure, only the doors, the retractable hardtop, the luggage compartment lid, the windows and the rear lights come from the standard open-air version of the BMW 3-Series. The range of brand-new body components, therefore, is virtually the same as in the M3 Coupe.