The most passionately revered name in the BMW M playbook is about to be conferred on the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, as for the first time ever, a four-door BMW M3 arrives in Australia. The BMW M3 Sedan is a car that both the heart and the head will be able to agree on.

Powered by the unique V8, 4.0-litre, 309 kW engine, producing 400 Nm of torque and revving to a stratospheric 8,400 rpm red line, the BMW M3 Sedan adds the most practical of body shells complete with five seats and substantial luggage capacity, so even more passengers can enjoy this magnificent, race-bred engine on full song.

BMW has never offered the M3 Sedan in Australia before. There was no Sedan in the previous E46 generation model range, and in the E36 generation, only Coupé and Convertible versions of the M3 came to Australia.

The arrival of the M3 Sedan in November, just weeks after the first M3 Convertibles, means BMW high-performance enthusiasts will access to the full range of M3 models.

The new BMW M3 Sedan will be priced from $145,000 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges.

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The BMW M3 Sedan sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and uses just 12.4-litres of petrol per 100 km on the combined cycle in manual transmission guise.

Equipped with the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, the M3 Sedan rushes from 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds. It also uses less fuel than the manual transmission car, at 11.9l/100km.

The BMW M3 Sedan rides on special M 18-inch light alloy wheels shod with 245/40 front and 265/40 ZR 18 tyres, while 19-inch light alloy wheels are optional, fitted with 245/35 front and 265/35 ZR 19 tyres.

The new BMW M3 Coupé, launched a year ago in Australia has been a huge success to date, with around 500 cars delivered in the past 12 months.

The ability of the M3 Coupé to tailor the driving experience exactly to the driver's needs, or the demands of the road or track, is also available in the M3 Sedan. Some of these features are only available on BMW M3 models and not available elsewhere in the market, such as Electronic Damper Control and MDrive.

The BMW M3 Sedan is not only a high-performance sports machine, but comes exceptionally well equipped with luxury features such as Professional Navigation with an 8.8-inch full colour monitor, TV, Voice Recognition, preparation for Bluetooth mobile connection, LOGIC7 HIFI system, Adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, metallic paint, Novillo Leather upholstery, powered and heated M Sport seats with memory functions, and backrest width adjustment and lumbar support.

A unique feature of the M3 range, and available for the first time on a BMW Sedan in Australia, is Brake Energy Regeneration, similar to that which will be applied to Formula 1 race cars in the 2009 season.

Brake Energy Regeneration collects energy on overrun or under braking to recharge the vehicle's battery, allowing the absolute maximum engine power be delivered to acceleration rather than being diverted to power electrical systems.

The new BMW M3 Sedan goes on sale on 22nd November 2008.

"The arrival of the BMW M3 Sedan in Australia is a win for drivers who have longed for the practicality of a four-door/five seat sedan that delivers the punch and excitement of the M3 Coupé," said Tom Noble, General Manager, Marketing, BMW Group Australia.

"The M3 Sedan is truly the car that answers the call of the heart and the considerations of the head.

"With its mighty engine and drivetrain package borrowed from the award-winning M3 Coupé we are certain the BMW M3 Sedan is a classic in the making," Tom said.

BMW M3 Range.

BMW M3 Sedan: $145,000 BMW M3 Coupé $162,901 BMW M3 Convertible: $176,142