Meet the new BMW M3 - one of the most-anticipated cars of 2007. A near-production ready concept version has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
In production guise this performance sedan will be BMW's fastest M3 yet.
The production model will make its appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, while South African sales will probably only kick off early in 2008.
Although there's no word yet on this super sedan's engine details or performance figures, we do know that there will be a red-hot 4.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet.
The expected power output is 313kW, which is 88kW more than that of the already impressive 335i coupe.
According to insider information it will take the M3 an amazing 4.9 seconds to do the 0-100km/h sprint. Naturally top speed is limited to 250km/h.
This V8 will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed SMG automatic transmission.
Apparently the production M3 will come with BMW's active M differential, which allocates drive to the wheels with the best traction improving handling.
The BMW M3 concept's design is also pretty close to the "real thing".
BMW showed a similar concept of the M5 in 2005 and it went into production virtually unchanged.
Although the basic shape is similar to that of the 3 Series coupe the beefed-up M3 features a more muscular face.
There are a deeper front spoiler with extra cooling ducts and a power dome on the bonnet, which is made of aluminium.
It also gets a carbon-fibre roof, rear diffusers and vented front plastic fenders.
The rear is characterised by four chunky tailpipes and a reworked bumper.
The M3 concept's nineteen-inch, sixteen-spoke alloy wheels should make it to production too.