The next generation M3 is still at least 3 years from its debut, but it’s never too early for speculation, particularly about its powerplant. While the current E9x M3 is powered by the marvelous high-revving V8 engine (S65), it’s been widely speculated that that the next generation M3 will return to using a 6-cylinder engine. Emissions regulations have forced the move, much like the new upcoming F10 M5 getting the more efficient S63 V8 Twin-turbo engine instead of continuing to use the iconic V10.
So far so good. However, according to our source with close ties to BMW M, BMW has not settled on exactly which engine layout the company will use for the F30/F32 M3. Rather, the guys at BMW M are currently testing no less … CONTINUED
Here is a new rumor regarding the next generation F30/F32 M3’s powerplant - that a 3.3L V6 tri-turbo motor is a possibility! One turbo would power the motor generally, and the other two turbos would each be dedicated to 3-cylinders each.
If Auto Motor Und Sport is to believed, the lightweight E90 M3 will also receive the “GTS” moniker, like the E92 M3 GTS coupe. AMS claims the power output will be 440hp, 10 less than the 450hp GTS coupe. This would be consistent with BMW’s acknowledgement that the GTS sedan would have more power than the standard M3, but less than the GTS coupe. AMS also says that the M3 GTS sedan will utilize the 7-speed DCT transmission and feature a lightened interior with lightweight components in the center console and door panels, recaro seats, M3 steering wheel, and 6-point safety belts - similar to the GTS coupe interior.
The GTS sedan also features 19″ wheels wrapped in 255/35 front tires and 285/30 rear tires with … CONTINUED
Many speculated that a AWD F10 M5 was possible in the works when BMW released the promo videos of the new M5 undergoing serious snow testing. It appears there may indeed possibly be an F10 M5 xDrive version sometime in the future. In an interview with Autocar, BMW M’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann, indicated that “There will be some all-wheel-drive surprises on M cars in the future,” apparently to satisfy demand from the US’s snow belt. This would represent the first time that the M5 come in a xDrive variant.
The only transmission details released so far for the concept F10 M5 is that it uses a Getrag 7-speed M DCT with M Drivelogic and has an Active M Differential.
Once a year BMW holds a “Technology Day”, a showcase of new technology and developments BMW has recently introduced, is about to introduce, or is looking into to make cars better. This year’s press release on the matter has quite some interesting bits about BMW’s technology, and one of the hottest things they mention is the progress they made in processing CFRP, short for carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The developments made for the BMW i models will be used across the BMW group sooner or later.
To demonstrate some possibilites, BMW shows a prototype of an E9x M3 bonnet in CFRP. According to BMW, “The lid consists of two carbon layers enclosing either a Nomex plastic or a recycled-paper honeycomb.”. It doesn’t stop there as a new … CONTINUED
On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.
Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).
M3post member swamp2 has put together this technically based prediction of the next generation F32 M3’s performance specs. His predictions are 0-60mph of 3.7-3.9s, 0-100mph of 8.6-8.8s, 1/4 mile time of 11.9-12.1s, Nurburgring lap time of 7:53-7:58. These numbers are based on certain assumptions and unknowns, but it’s still a fun topic to discuss and digest.
Autoexpress previews the 2012 F30 3-series sedan and 2014 F32 M3 coupe. Not much info is new here than what we have previously posted, but their renders are a fun look at what the next generation F30 and F32 3-series and M3 may resemble.
Consistent with what we have posted in the past, the front fascia features a more upright angle, consistent with BMW’s current designs seen in the Z4, 5-series and 7-series. The F30/F32 3-series is also expected to be slightly larger in size, but with shorter front and back overhangs.
Next generation 3-series engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor. The F30/F32 M3 is rumored to be lighter than the … CONTINUED
We bring confirmation of the 1 series M coupe’s power numbers! Seen here is a screenshot of upcoming BMW motors, including the 1M coupe’s 340hp motor, and a potential 451hp motor for a US version (or more likely, the next gen F30/F32 M3)!