The four-door gets faster.
The fifth-generation BMW M3 (F80) might be stuck with four doors, but it still has that special performance DNA that has made the model so special over the past couple of decades. The new M3 offers up quite a bit of potential and Kaege GmbH was able to take advantage of it.
The main focus for the German automotive dealer/tuning company was with the chassis. This is what has made the BMW M3 such a performance automotive icon since its inception. The superb driving dynamics and handling of the car were improved upon with a variety of suspension options from the nimble to the track-day corner slicer.
For BMW M3s with the factory adjustable sports suspension, Kaege will optimize the settings via the axle geometry. A new KW spring set also drops the ride height by 20 mm at the front and rear for a better center of gravity. Also coming as an option are new swivel bearings that adds more than 2.5-degrees of camber for better handling properties and steering response. A full wheel load setting option is also available for the track-day enthusiasts.
But that’s just the start. Kaege can add on a new KW variant 3 coilover setup that optimizes handling especially on M3s without the factory sport suspension. For those that want the most track-oriented setup, Kaege can add on either a KW Clubsport two-way suspension with support bearing for fall adjustment or a KW Clubsport three-way suspension with support bearing for fall adjustment. Both options give drivers the ability to gain up to 3-degrees of camber for better dynamics.
With the suspension tight and honed to carve up corners, Kaege shifted their focus to the wheels. Here, they opted for new BBS CH-R wheels in a 9.0 x 20 front and 10.5 x 20 setup instead of the larger 21-inch diameter wheels to preserve driving dynamics. These are fitted with 255/30 R20 front and 285/30 R20 Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires for maximum grip.
The focused chassis of the BMW M3 is definitely one of the car’s bright sports but the engine isn’t exactly a forgotten part of the sport sedan. The 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six engine was equipped with a new auxiliary plug-and-play module that boosts output to 517 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque for 2,799 Euros and a two-year guarantee.
The final part of the conversion occurs on the inside. Here, Kaege created a carbon fiber panel set that includes the backrests and neck supports. The pieces complement the factory carbon fiber trim set and can be easily installed with glue to the original parts for a sportier look.
The full list of upgrades for the BMW M3 is currently available from Kaege as a complete package or as individual options. These upgrades can be installed at the Kaege headquarters or by the buyer.
Kaege BMW M3 (F80) Specifications
Displacement: 3.0 liters
Number of Cylinders: Inline-six
Maximum Horsepower: 517 horsepower / 380 kW
Maximum Torque: 516 lb-ft. / 700 Nm
-Auxiliary plug-and-play tuning module
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: BBS CH-R
Front Wheels: 9.0 x 20
Rear Wheels: 10.5 x 20
Tires: Michelin Pilot SuperSport
Front Tires: 255/30 R20
Rear Tires: 285/30 R20
Suspension: KW suspension options with different camber and alignment setups
-Carbon fiber seat backs
-Carbon fiber neck support rears
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