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Fourth Generation BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 History

Oct 23, 2020

What Makes the BMW M3 E90, E92, and E93 Special?bmw e93 m3

Everything about this generation was greater, better, faster and more efficient – starting with the aggressively customized V-8 engine and all its unconstrained 414 horsepower. The transformation was completed with a total rework of the exterior body style as well as the restyling of the interior.

The Debut of the BMW M3 E90/E92/E93

The concept model of the new design was revealed during the Geneva International Motor show in spring of 2007. Six months after the fact, the official production version came under the limelight at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

It was not until October 2007, the M3 E92 Coupe was shown to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, and soon to follow was the debut of the E90 sedan. The E93 convertible premiered a year later in the Geneva International Motor Show.

Cosmetic and functional upgrades were made to the new M3 line-up such as the new paint colors, manually adjustable front seats with heat options, Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Plastic (CFRP) roof, aluminum hood with power dome, and the new LED taillight design featuring luminous strips.

In addition, there were five important milestone innovations that made the BMW M3 E90, E92 and E93 unique during the seven years these models were in production.

The Top 5 Innovative Upgrades of the BMW M3 E90/E92/E93bmw e92 m3

1. The First of the BMW M Double Clutch Transmission or DCT

The 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission was first launched in the M3 E90/E92/E93. It was a compact design of the two gearboxes combined in one housing. The gearboxes were meant to work interchangeably in order to eliminate interruption during gear change and ensure smooth power flow.

2. Power-Upgraded to the 90-degree V8 Engine S65 B40 (From the E46 6-CylinderS54 B32)

The S65 B40 was a lighter but more powerful engine that operated on a Double VANOS Variable Valve timing system in the M3 E90/E92/E93.3. The Introduction of the “A” Automatic Engine Start/Stop Function in the M3 E90/E92/E93

The automatic engine start/stop function stopped the engine when the car was at a complete halt in order to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

4. The Addition of the POWER Button

The POWER button was located on the Center Console. By pressing this button on the M3 E90/E92/E93, throttle response and acceleration sensitivity would increase as the pedal became more sensitive.

5. Optional “ZCP” Competition Package

The ZCP Competition Package is exclusively available in the 2010 and Later M3 E90 Sedan, as well as in the M3 E92 Coupe.

The ZCP Competition Package Include the following:

  • Electronic Damping Control (EDC) in “Sports” mode was improved. The “shock absorber” or damper on the M3 was individually adjusted to deliver optimal traction, maximize driving comfort, and minimize the jolting effect on rough roads
  • Exclusive 19-Inch Cast Alloy Y-Spoke Wheels
  • The suspension was lowered by 10mm (the spring was shortened)

BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 Specificationsbmw m3


414 HP


4.4-liter 8-Cylinder (S65 B40)


295 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

Production Year

  • 2007 (Europe and North America; E92 Coupe, Sedan)
  • 2008 (Europe and North America; E93 Convertible)
  • 2011 (Europe; E90 CRT Sedan)


  • ZF Type G 6-speed Manual (Standard)
  • M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT; A Performance Option)


  • 18-Inch Cast Alloy M Radial-Spoke Wheel (Standard)
  • 19-Inch Alloy Forged M Double-Spoke Wheel (A Performance Option)
  • 19-Inch Cast Alloy Y-spoke Wheels (ZCP Competition Package Exclusive)


  • 0-60 mph in 4.9-sec (M3 E90 Sedan)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.8-sec (M3 E92 Coupe)
  • 0-60 mph in 5.3-sec (M3 E93 Convertible)

Standard BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 Production VersionsE92 M3 Coupe

  • E92 M3 Coupe (European Version LHD; 2007)
  • E92 M3 Coupe (European Version RHD; 2007)
  • E92 M3 Coupe (North America Version LHD; 2007)
  • E90 M3 Sedan (European Version LHD; 2007)
  • E90 M3 Sedan (European Version RHD; 2007)
  • E90 M3 Sedan (North America Version LHD; 2007)
  • E93 M3 Convertible (European Version LHD; 2008)
  • E93 M3 Convertible (European Version LHD; 2008)
  • E93 M3 Convertible (North America Version LHD; 2008)
  • E90 M3 CRT Sedan (European Version LHD; 2011)
  • E90 M3 CRT Sedan (European Version RHD; 2011)

Limited Edition BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 Production Versions

  • E90 M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) Sedan (2011)
  • E92 M3 GTS Coupe (2010)

Special Edition BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 Production Versions

  • E92 M3 Coupe Frozen Black Edition (2010)
  • E92 M3 Coupe Frozen Grey Edition (2010)
  • E92 M3 Coupe M3 Competition Edition (2011)
  • E92 M3 Coupe Frozen Limited Edition (2013)
  • E92 M3 Coupe DTM Champion Edition (2013)