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We’ve seen the M3 prototypes all over the place by now…but here she is for the first time minus about 90% of the camo!

This is the first set of M3 coupe pictures showing all these details from the curves of the air intakes to the quad exhaust pipes.

The next-generation M3 is the first V8-engined 3-Series, and offers 400+ horsepower – so expect it to race from 0-100 km/h in a fraction over five seconds, and go on to a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Power will be fed to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox or the latest SMG sequential manual, possibly with seven ratios. The new M3 should maintain the M3’s reputation for outstanding handling. The V8 will be more compact than the current in-line six- cylinder model, while a longer wheelbase will help with weight distribution. Externally, the car takes many cues from the M5 with front wing vents and discreet ‘M’ badges, while the look of the all-new 3-Series means an aggressive nose and deeply sculpted flanks.

We hope to see this in dealer showrooms late in the 2007 calendar year.

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