Once the pinnacle of sports coupes, the BMW M3 has grown in venerability and aged at the same time. Now it’s being noticed again when a new generation is about to be launched. But the M3 is not on offer anymore. It’s being axed after the 2018 model year due to new, more stringent WLTP emissions standards. We still have the M4 around, although just like the M3, its replacement is on the way as well. According to Car and Driver, the next-gen M3 and M4 will be unveiled in 2020.
By now, we have become familiar with the way the German carmaker operates. After it launched the regular 3 Series (currently in its seventh generation), it put next-gen M3 prototypes on their paces at the Nurburgring. And then some teasers will show up, followed by the official debut and sales that commence several months after that. This is routine at this rate.
Car And Driver says the next-gen M3 and M4 should deliver the same level of performance as the current cars. They will come with the usual features that make them sporty such as bigger air intakes, diffusers, fender flares and spoilers among others. They will also have 19-inch wheels and up. Exclusive color and trim choices are expected as well. It’s all sounds good, but what will actually excite people is what powers the cars.
Reportedly, the powerhouse lying under the hoods of the M3 and M4 will be the S58 3.0-liter straight six engine, the same unit that propels the outgoing X3 M. The powerplant will be offered in two variants, one of which that powers the standard M3 will produce 473 hp, while the other used in the Competition versions will match the Mercedes-AMG C63 S with 503 hp. The transmission used will be either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a manual one offered as an option.
Previously, we heard rumors about an available all-wheel drive option, which is corroborated in the latest report. It’s also possible that BMW will offer a configuration similar to that of the M5. Pricing is expected to start from around $70,000.