Wider, lower, and faster M3 to debut by the end of the decade.
BMW recently unveiled the limited number, track-focused M3 CS, which signals the end of the road for the current generation 3 Series is nigh. The Bavarian company is already testing a strongly revised version of the compact sedan (see pictures below), which will move to the CLAR platform and will also form the basis for the new M3.
We are still a couple of years away from the debut of the performance vehicle, but Car Magazine is already revealing some preliminary details about it. One thing is considered to remain unchanged – the 3.0-liter, inline-six turbocharged engine under the hood, which in this new application will deliver close to 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts).
The motor will be equipped with a particulate filter and will benefit from a 48-volt mild hybrid system and a more aggressive start-stop function, which will cut the engine and the water injection system earlier. All these measures will help the six-cylinder unit meet the stricter emissions standards.
Probably the biggest news is that, according to the publication, BMW will offer an optional on-demand all-wheel drive which, in combination with a weight reduction and reworked aerodynamics, should make the sports sedan much better on the road. Car Magazine believes the 4×4 system will be somewhat less complex than the xDrive in the current M5.
Needless to say, the weight distribution will remain at perfect 50:50 ratio, but the torsional stiffness will be significantly improved thanks to the new CLAR architecture. Other goodies include a variable-effort electrically-assisted steering, an adaptive suspension, and a brake-by-wire system. Larger 19- and 20-inch wheels, a wider track, and a lower center of gravity will give the Mercedes-AMG C63 S a good run for its money.
Just like now, BMW plans to sell the new M3/M4 in three body styles – sedan, convertible, and coupe. There are gravitating rumors about a really fast wagon, but those remain just speculations and we will have to wait a bit more to confirm or disprove them.
Source: Car Magazine