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Old 02-14-2008, 09:11 PM
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Unhappy Canadian M3 pricing

Although the C$ is at par with US$ the pricing is not at par plus our freinds up north have to pay GST+PST.

Whitby. BMW Canada is pleased to announce pricing for the juggernaut of 2008 BMW M3 models soon to be unleashed to Canadian driving enthusiasts.
The M3 Coupé and M3 Sedan, arriving at BMW retailers on March 8th, will debut with MSRPs of $71,300 and $69,900, respectively. The M3 Cabriolet, with an MSRP of $81,900, will find its way into BMW showrooms on May 17th.

The highly anticipated fourth-generation M3’s will share the same light-alloy, high-revving V-8 engine, producing 414 hp at 8,300 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm with 85 percent of the maximum torque available consistently through 6,500 rpm. This power output represents a 17% increase over the six-cylinder from the last generation M3 yet the new engine weighs 7% less and consumes 8% less fuel than its predecessor.

All M3 variants will transmit power to the rear wheels through a close-ratio, oil-cooled six-speed manual gearbox, via a twin-disc clutch and Variable M Differential Lock rear axle. Equipped with six-speed manual transmission, the 2008 M3 Coupé storms from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, the M3 Sedan a “tick” later at 4.9 seconds even, and the M3 Cabriolet simultaneously rockets from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.

A brand new, race-bred, 7-speed Double-Clutch transmission with Drivelogic will also be offered as an option on all M3 models. The fourth-generation automated manual gearbox developed specifically for the M3, features eleven electronically controlled driving programs – five in automatic mode and six in manual mode. The smoothest and quickest M3 gearbox yet helps to propel the potent new M3 trio, when equipped, from 0-100 km/h in a blistering 4.6, 4.7 and 5.1 seconds, respectively, in the M3 Coupé, M3 Sedan and M3 Cabriolet.

The 2008 BMW M3 stable, in either drivetrain variation, are the highest-performing M3s ever offered by BMW’s M division, setting new performance benchmarks once again.

As M heritage dictates, the potent thrust of the new M3 is matched in all variants with all-new chassis design featuring unprecedented levels of torsional rigidity, all-new suspension with forged aluminum track control arms and a plethora of other purpose-designed lightweight components, bringing a new level of handling dynamics to the new M3 family. The optional Electronic Damper Control features three selectable control maps: Sport, Normal and Comfort, allow the driver to tailor the vehicle’s chassis dynamics to his or her preference and even store the preferred setting to the available steering-wheel-mounted “MDrive” button for quick access.

As expected, the most competent M3 chassis’ yet are complemented by equally competent high-performance brake systems with massive, cross-drilled ventilated compound brake discs, producing track-worthy deceleration capability.
When the driver is done enjoying the symphony of eight cylinders, the sumptuous and functional interior comes standard with the powerful LOGIC 7 sound system with 13 speakers (11 speakers in the M3 Cabriolet). For serious audiophiles, an all-new BMW Individual Audio System is available as an option. Featuring 16 speakers with rigid HexaCone® diaphragms and neodymium magnets driven by a 9-channel, 825 watt digital amplifier (12 speakers and 675w amplifier in the M3 Cabriolet). The system also includes DIRAC Live™ Technology - used exclusively in an automotive application by BMW – ensuring a perfectly timed sound experience in all seats.

The 2008 BMW M3 family of thoroughbreds is poised to transcend their legendary predecessors and redefine the benchmark for ultra-performance Coupés, Sedans and Cabriolets.

For more detailed information on each of the new M3 models, please visit the BMW Press Club at: www.press.bmw.ca where you can find individual press releases and a full library of photos.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:24 PM
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:43 PM
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The taxes we pay in Canada are not relevant when comparing prices against the US. We're going to pay these no matter where we buy the car (including 6% duty and a bunch of other charges if we import from the US).

The big question is, how do the Canadian base prices compare against the US base prices (which don't appear to be released yet).

The other thing we'll need to know is what equipment is included in the base price. Canadians cars typically come with a few extra options in the base price (ie HIDs on all E53s).

BMW is one of the last companies to adjust their Canadians prices (because their sales are still on a roll). It will be interesting to see if they did their homework on the M3. Lots of people will be shopping south of the border if the gap is a several thousand dollars or more.
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The big question is, how do the Canadian base prices compare against the US base prices (which don't appear to be released yet).
US prices for M3 were released officially on Jan 13th, 2008.http://www.xoutpost.com/other-bmws/41...ing-sheet.html
Coupe will be priced at $57,275 and the Sedan at $54,575.
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Unfortunately the manufacturers have made it difficult for us to shop south of the 49th with lack of cooperation for paper work and warranty transfer issues. Adjusting new car prices to be more in line with the US prices would be good for buyers but it would kill used car prices for current owners.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:51 AM
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US prices for M3 were released officially on Jan 13th, 2008.http://www.xoutpost.com/other-bmws/41...ing-sheet.html
Coupe will be priced at $57,275 and the Sedan at $54,575.
Thanks! Missed that post.

That's a helluva gap. The difference will make it worthwhile buying used from the US. After paperwork and fees, the savings will be $5000+. (assuming the cars are similarly equipped)
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