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BMW M3 Coupe news - Geneva show: BMW M3 - 2007

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Even as the covers came
off its shimmering M3, BMW was steadfastly insisting that the sport-tuned
version of its 3-Series Coupe was merely a concept.

Concept it may be, but we
reckon the M3 is pretty damn close to production.

In fact, replace the fancy
reflective paint with something a little less ostentatious and you could be
looking at the production model M3.

Check out the power bulge
in the aluminium bonnet - a hint to the beast that lurks underneath.

BMW has confirmed that the
M3 will definitely be powered by a V8, and we’d put good money on it being a
400bhp 4.0-litre effort.

So it’s no surprise to see
the gaping air intakes at the front and quad exhausts at the back.

With the exception of the
doors and luggage compartment lid, the entire body of the M3 is original.
Especially the carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof, which reduces overall
vehicle weight and lowers the centre of gravity.

And if you needed any more
proof that this is a near-production concept rather than the result of some
tripped-out brainstorming session, check out those totally plausible 19-inch
aluminium alloys.

Why, they’re just the sort
of wheels you might see on the road in the very near future…

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