The new BMW M3 Saloon – Supercar performance with four-door practicality

bmwm3saloon.jpg Hot on the heels of the arrival of a new M3 Coupé, BMW Ireland has announced details of the four-door M3 Saloon.

While four generations of M3 have been built, this is only the second time an M3 Saloon has been offered. Thirteen years after the launch of the original M3 Saloon, the new car offers the same levels of scintillating performance as the latest Coupé. With the added practicality of the four-door bodyshell, the new M3 Saloon will appeal to an even broader audience.

Class-leading engine and drivetrain

Like the Coupé, the engine in the new M3 Saloon develops 420hp at 8,300rpm and 400Nm of torque at 3,900rpm. The 3,999cc V8-power unit red-lines at 8,400rpm but to highlight the real-world driving flexibility of the engine, 85 per cent of torque is available over an engine range of 6,500rpm. Power is transferred to the road by BMW M’s six-speed manual gearbox and variable M differential. This conveys up to 100 per cent of available power to the wheel with most grip.
The M3 Saloon completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupé, before going onto a limited top speed of 250 km/h. BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme, however, ensures that these supercar levels of performance do not compromise economy with the car delivering 12.4 l/100km on the combined cycle.

BMW EfficientDynamics, even in M cars

In common with all new BMW models launched in 2007, the new M3 Saloon features Brake Energy Regeneration. This technology uses an Intelligent Alternator Control and Absorbent Glass Mat battery to recognise when the engine is on over-run and activates the alternator to charge the battery with what would previously have been wasted energy.

Another aspect of BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme is lightweight technology. Although not featuring the carbon-fibre roof panel from the Coupé, it does use other lightweight, but high-strength, materials. Using a light-alloy engine block manufactured alongside F1 engines at BMW’s foundry at Landshut, Germany, the new V8 powerplant weighs a mere 202kgs. To put this achievement into context, this is 15kgs less than the six-cylinder engine in the previous-generation M3.
To further highlight the weight advantages, the crankshaft in the new engine is made from one complete forging and weighs only 20kgs. Additionally, the front axle components are built entirely from aluminium. Even the five-link rear axle, normally constructed from high-strength steel, has aluminium components to save weight.

Personalised settings

Like the M3 Coupé, the Saloon variant also features an M Drive Manager that brings together numerous personalised functions of the car. The optional Electronic Damper Control (Normal, Comfort and Sport), three DSC+ traction control settings and three specific engine control maps, plus the response rate of the Servotronic power steering can be controlled with one button on the steering wheel. Once the desired settings are created in the iDrive menu, part of the standard Professional navigation system, one push of the MDrive button transforms the M3 from a car suitable to collect the kids from school in into supercar-beater.

Four doors but clearly an M car

BMW M’s philosophy of redesigning the ‘standard’ car from the ground up is showcased well in the new M3 Saloon. Although visually similar to the 3 Series Saloon, almost all the bodyshell parts are different with the emphasis on the sporting dynamics of the car. So much so that the M3 Saloon features the same, sleek front end design from the Coupé. This includes the lowered, sportier headlamp design and striking power dome in the bonnet. Primarily, the design of the front of the car is created by the need for significant volumes of air for the induction system. As a result, the M3 does without front fog lamps, whilst three large air ducts in the front lower valance keep the engine breathing.

Like the Coupé, the new M3 Saloon features 18-inch Dark Graphite double-spoke light-alloy wheels as standard, with a forged and polished 19-inch wheel available as an option. Another BMW M trait, the side gill in the front wing, has been elongated for the Saloon, mirroring the design from the M5. Also carried-over from the two-door are the aerodynamically-effective door mirrors.
From the rear, an aerodynamic diffuser emphasises BMW M’s trademark twin double exhaust pipes protruding from beneath the valance. The bootlid also features a discreet lip spoiler.
Details about the launch date and pricing of the M3 Saloon will be announced in the future.

News from BMW Ireland

Call to reduce motor insurance costs

Following the publication of a report by the Financial Regulator, which show that male drivers between 17 and 20 on a provisional licence pay almost €4,300 each year, the National Youth Council of Ireland has accused motor insurers of robbing young drivers, by charging them exorbitant prices for motor insurance.

Despite claims from the insurance industry that premiums have fallen sharply since 2002, the report shows some young drivers were paying more in 2005 for their insurance premiums than they were in 2002.

The council has called for Government action to reduce the cost to young drivers.

Source: RTE News

Like that’s going to happen, or at least not for another few years.
Every year we have to call around few insurance companies to get the best quote, and sometimes we do but there is always a catch.
Either no windscreen cover, the “Excess” is too high, No Protected “No Claims” Bonus, etc…

Why can’t the current insurance company that you are with at the moment, appreciate your custom and loyalty, offering you the best possible price?

New driving regulations implemented

New measures that affect drivers on provisional licences come into effect today.

From today, applicants for a provisional licence will be issued with a new learner permit.

Drivers with the learner permit will have to be accompanied by a fully licensed driver of at least two years when they are out on the road.

AdvertisementDrivers who receive a learner permit will not be allowed to apply for their test for at least six months.

First, third and subsequent provisional licence holders who do not pass their test before their licence expires will also be issued with a learner’s permit.

However over the weekend, it was announced that drivers currently on a second provisional licence have until the end of June 2008 before the new laws apply to them.

Separately, tough proposed new motoring penalties in the North could mean that careless drivers who cause death on the roads could face up to five years in jail.

The step follows a three-month public consultation last year on the issue.

Similar measures are already in place in England and Wales.

Source: RTE News

Provisional licence rules deferred

The learner driver rules announced during the week are to be deferred.

Minister Noel Dempsey said on RTÉ’s This Week programme that he was deferring the introduction of the accompanied driver provision until 30 June 2008.

The proposed scheme would have meant that motorists on a second provisional driving licence would no longer be able to drive alone from midnight tomorrow.

Under the scheme, motorists on second licences would need to be accompanied by drivers who have held full licences for at least two years.

Speaking on RTE’s Marian Finucane programme earlier, Fianna Fáil MEP Eoin Ryan had said he gathered the minister, Noel Dempsey, would announce today that the scheme will not be introduced immediately.

A statement from the Dept of Transport said that from Tuesday next all new applicants for driving licences will be issued with a learner permit.

The rules applying to a new applicant’s learner permit will stipulate that:
· The holder must be accompanied by a driver who has had a full licence for at least two years;
· The holder must have the permit for a minimum of 6 months of supervised practice before applying for a test.

From 30 June 2008 all provisional licence holders must be accompanied by a fully licenced driver of at least two years experience.

Source: RTE News

Changes to Driver Licensing Laws for Learner Drivers

An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D., the Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D., and the Minister for Justice Mr. Brian Lennihan T.D. have launched Ireland’s third Road Safety Strategy, in Government Buildings, Thursday 25th October.

The primary aim of the Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 (Click here for Irish Version), which has been developed by the Road Safety Authority, is to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries on Irish roads by 30%.

It aims to bring Ireland in line with countries that are considered to have the safest roads in the world, countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom.
There are a total of 126 specific measures or actions identified in the strategy which must be implemented by the end of 2012.

The primary actions include;

To reduce road deaths to no greater than 60 fatalities per million by the end of 2012 with demonstrable  downward reductions in each year of the strategy.

To reduce injuries by 25% and develop a reliable database for serious injuries based on data from the healthcare system and insurance industry by 4th quarter 2008.

Implement a Safety Camera Network in the region of 6,000 hours enforcement per month to increase conformity with speed limits.

Increase adult front seatbelt wearing rates from 86% to 95% or better and increase the adult rate in the rear seat from 63% to 85% or better by 2012.

The Strategy also identifies the need to

Legislate for and introduce a reduction in the legal Blood Alcohol Level for drivers.
Review legislation on the issue of drug driving and consider appropriate enforcement options.
Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D., speaking at the launch said; “This new road safety strategy is all about saving lives. As a direct result of this strategy over 400 people who would otherwise have died on our roads will be alive at the end of 2012.  Awareness of road safety and of the contribution each individual can make to saving lives is increasing all the time and the best modern thinking is embodied in this new strategy. This Government is committed to ensuring the strategy works by providing the leadership, action and resources to make it work.”

Mr. Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority also said, “This Strategy is a major step towards saving lives. Its proposals, some of which were proposed by members of the public, are backed by national and international research. But I hope the comprehensiveness of this strategy does not detract from one central truth – Road safety comes down to individual behaviour. I can make a difference. I will make a difference. Will you?”

Ireland’s third road safety strategy also contains proposals to radically reform the way people learn to drive in this country. It provides for the introduction of  a graduated driver licensing (GDL) system.

Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D., said “The aim of the GDL system is to reduce the number of collisions, deaths and injuries among novice drivers, particularly the high risk 17 to 24 year olds, during the learning period. A total of 17 measures are under consideration that will apply to all drivers with a learner permit. Some measures will continue to apply for the first two years after acquiring a driving licence.”

“As learner drivers are considered to be vulnerable road users and to help improve safety on our roads I am proposing to introduce some of these measures next week. The measures will apply from midnight Monday 29th October 2007 and will mark a significant step forward for road safety in Ireland.”

The main changes are:

The provisional licence is being replaced by a learner permit to emphasise the fact that the holder is learning to drive.

Existing provisional licences will continue in force until their expiry date after which the holder will be issued with a learner permit.

A holder of a second provisional licence/learner permit for a car must be accompanied at all times.

The accompanying driver must in respect of any licence category hold a full licence for the category for at least two years.

From 1 December 2007 a learner motorcyclist must wear the letter L on a yellow fluorescent tabard.

From 1 December a provisional licence/learner permit holder must hold the licence/permit for six months before taking a driving test.

According to Mr. Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority the measures have both “symbolic and practical application.” “The period of time when a driver is learning to drive is of vital importance for road safety. Attitudes and habits formed during this time have a major influence on the way the person drives for the rest of their lives. Because it is essential that learning to drive happens in a safe environment the measures announced today are a balance of additional protections as well as some restrictions.”

There are a number of other changes being introduced also. For more information see the document Introduction of Learner Permit and Changes to the Driver Licensing System and the detailed Q & A document at

The Road Safety Authority has responsibility, in accordance with the Road Safety Authority Act 2006, for producing and formally reporting on the implementation of Ireland’s third Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012, which has received Ministerial and Government approval.

A copy of the Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 can be downloaded from

For further information please contact;

Department of Transport, Press Office: 01 6041090/6041091

The Road Safety Authority: 1890 50 60 80


Stolen Blue Toyota Rav4 in Dublin – Foxrock

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Hi all,

If you see a Toyota RAV 4 Reg no. 02 WW 4184, stolen yesterday from Foxrock.

Here is summary from news:

Gardai in Dublin are investigating the theft of a large quantity of designer clothing in the south of the city earlier this week.

The items were inside a Toyota Rav4 that was taken from outside a house in Foxrock two days ago.

Two people wearing hoodies jumped into the vehicle and sped away towards Leopardstown.

The jeep contained 57 pieces of clothing by designer Paul Costello, seven antique garments by Ib Jorgension and six by Richard Lewis.

if you have any information PM me and I will pass on to owner or contact the Gardai on 01 6665400


The car in question is a Rav4 2.0 GX 5 door in reflective blue.

The 2.0 diesel and petrol models are easy to spot form the far more popular 1.8 petrol as they have the wider wheels and also wheelarch extensions.
The petrol models don’t have an airscoop on the bonnet, only the diesels.

So it’s got the wider arches, but no air scoop.

The car in question should look exactly like the one on the right, (presuming it’s not 2 tone) the one on left being 1.8

The Rav4 in question would look like the one with the square foglights, the round ones are on the facelift model, just in case they’ve stuck 04 or 05 plates on it.

Car Insurance Options Available in Ireland

In Ireland there are three types of insurance cover available from most insurance companies:

1. Third Party Car Insurance
2. Third Party, Fire and Theft Car Insurance
3. Comprehensive Car Insurance

Lets explain them one by one.

1. Third Party Car Insurance

This is the  minimum legally required insurance type to be able to drive your car in Ireland and is the cheapest option available from most insurance companies or insurance brokers. In the case of an accident, this type of insurance will cover you for damages done to third parties or to a third party vehicle.
A few things you are not covered for:
a. It does not cover you for damages done to yourself or your car in the case of a motoring accident.
b. It does not cover you in the case of car theft or attempted theft.
c. It does not cover you if your car goes on fire.

2. Third Party, Fire and Theft Car Insurance

This is probably the most common insurance cover.
In the event of an accident, this covers damage to a third party vehicle, injury to third parties, liability to passengers in the policyholder’s car. This type of cover also includes damage by fire, theft or attempted theft to the policyholder’s car.
A few things you are not covered for:
a. It does not cover you for damages done to yourself or your car in the case of a motoring accident.

3. Comprehensive Car Insurance

In the case of an accident, comprehensive insurance covers damage to a third party vehicle, injury to third parties, liability to passengers in the policyholder’s car and also covers accidental damage to your car.
If available, windscreen cover is also included.
This type of cover also includes damage by fire, theft or attempted theft to your car.
As expected, it is the most expensive cover available, but if your car it’s worth lots of money, it will be the most recommended option.