The next-generation BMW M3 has actually been spied during winter screening in Europe this year. Very little is actually understood about the extremely sedan at this moment, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the imagination in regards to its style, though we can tell the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based upon– will be an evolution instead of a transformation.
Caught testing at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 shows that the M division’s new strategy is in full swing. Although the super-saloon is far from finished, the car is being executed its rates, recommending the chassis setup and powertrain are at a sophisticated phase of development.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based upon the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to adopt the latest development of BMW’s CLAR platform, a structural basis already used by the 5 Series and 7 Series and their M variants, the M5 and M760iX. Through the higher usage of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is declared to play an important function in decreasing the weight of the new M3 despite an increase in its exterior dimensions.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is also preparing to provide the new M3 with a variety of light-weight carbonfibre elements as basic in a quote to additional bring the car’s weight below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although absolutely nothing is official, the new M3 is anticipated to follow the lead taken by the newest M5 in including a carbonfibre roofing system as requirement.
2019 BMW M3 Engine
Earlier reports suggested the new M3 would be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain with a gearbox-mounted electrical motor providing additional performance via an additional driving mode. Nevertheless, sources at BMW M state those reports were hugely speculative. The latest word from M division’s Garching head office is that the M3 will stick to a traditional combustion engine in the form of an updated version of BMW M’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder unit mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automated.
Surprisingly, the new model is anticipated to use either a six-speed handbook or eight-speed automated, dropping the dual-clutch transmission used in the present variation for the new eight-speed torque converter already including in the new M5. At this stage, it’s unclear whether the M3 will likewise pick up the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system likewise seen in the M5, though it might be likely if BMW wants to dip the M3’s 0-100km/ h time under the 4.0-second mark.
2019 BMW M3 Release Date
The sixth-generation M3 will, like the existing car, be signed up with by a mechanically similar brother or sister, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively scheduled to make its world debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.