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Hamann BMW M3 news - Let the M3 tunage begin - 2008

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It was only a matter of time before the
Euro-tuner brigade got their hands on the new BMW M3. The only surprise is that
it’s taken so long for us to get a look at German firm Hamann’s effort.

But here it is, the car with - and we
quote - ‘everything that makes your heart miss a beat’ (some sort of pacemaker
arrangement, perhaps). In fairness, we expected worse.

There’s the obligatory bodykit - new front
and rear spoiler, side skirts and a rear apron - that Hamann says actually
improves downforce. Oh, and the obligatory aluminium-festooned interior and
black-lacquer 20-inch wheels, which are lighter than the M3’s standard rims.

But the really interesting stuff is in the
oily-bits department. Hamann has tuned the M3’s four-litre V8 from 414bhp to
449bhp, and added an extra 35 lb ft of torque for good measure. That’ll help
see the M3 on to 192mph - the works car is electronically limited to 155mph -
and though there’s no word on 0-60mph time, we’d imagine it might crack the 4.5
 seconds barrier.

So there it is,
the first tuned-up M3. Open the floodgates.

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