The BMW M3 series has been reshaping the way we think about sports cars. Over the years, the M3 has evolved with each generation and great anticipation builds up as the new model is about to be announced. 2018 marked the end of the production stop for the M3 model but it was merely a break caused by the WLTP emissions regulations. The BMW M4 is still being manufactured and sold but according to a new report, both the M3 and the M4 will be reintroduced next year as part of the 2021 lineup.
As we have grown accustomed to, BMW will first announce its standard 3 Series which now has reached the seventh generation. The announcement of the next-gen M3 will follow shortly. BMW has a habit of testing its performance cars on the Nurburgring track. Everyone expects to get some teasers of the upcoming M3 from sneaked photos taken from the test track.
Automotive news sources expect that the future M3 and M4 generations will be just as powerful as the currently running versions that make use of larger air intakes and improved aerodynamic lines. Such sports cars can only go with 19-inch wheels and up to offer a stiffer driving sensation. Color choices are also estimated to be different than the ones for the regular 3 Series but the excitement and anticipation are reserved for the beast hidden under the hood and not its paint color.
According to Car and Driver, the BMW M3 will be running on the same S58 3.0-liter inline-six engine that is used by the current generation of the X3 M. The same engine is being offered in two versions. One offers 352 kW of power or 473 and a beefed-up 375 kW version that is capable of delivering 503 bhp. Both engine versions will be available with either a dual-clutch automatic or manual transmission.
Finally, rumors within the press state that an all-wheel drive is being considered. The all-wheel drive version might borrow the transmission train from the BMW M5. The pricing for the M3 should start at $70,000 but more details and teasers are expected in the following months after the official unveiling of the BMW M3 and M4 series.