BMW M always claims that it subscribes to no dogmas while considering all possibilities in developing new models. That now includes the possibility of all-wheel-drive M5 and M6 models.
In a recent interview with Motoring, BMW M CEO Dr. Friedrich Nitschke acknowledges that “I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now.”
He then confirms that: “On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won
Now that much tech specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 have been revealed, do you perceive the M3 any differently when seeing it in action?
We can finally be sure that what we are seeing and hearing is an M3 powered by its 3.0L bi-turbo inline 6 S55 engine outputting approximately 430 hp, far beyond 369 lb-ft, and to a redline just north of 7500 RPM.
Here is the F80 M3 prototype continuing some final testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its January debut at the Detroit auto show. Order banks should open in January-February 2014, followed by production in the Spring and deliveries by late Spring – early Summer.
BMW Canada has announced some M5 and M6 limited production models, available in Frozen Black and Santorini Blue II.
They also include black kidney grilles, side markers, door handles and 20″ wheels. On top of this, they add M Performance Titanium Exhaust.
Production begins in November and December.
We have both good and bad news on Active Sound technology in the M3/M4. For those unfamiliar, Active Sound technology was first introduced in the M5/M6 and has extended to other models such as the M135i. The system modulates existing frequencies, which are played over the stereo speakers at varying sound levels based on throttle input, speed, and engine revs, as well driving the mode (louder in Sport and Sport+ settings). See BMW’s original press release on this.
So, the bad news is yes, the M3/M4 does feature Active Sound.
But, the good news is that we’ve confirmed with BMW Germany that it’s a live amplification of the S55 engine’s natural sounds. There is no artificially generated sound or pre-recorded track being played. This sound amplification takes … CONTINUED
Now that the M3 M4 technology day has come and gone, with access being granted to the press for the first time, BMW has released a slew of official track video footage of the prototypes. And since these are officially released videos, they feature some of the best quality video and audio yet of the F80 M3 / F82 M4.
For all the videos that have come about from the recent M3/M4 technology day, check the Videos section of our Tech Guide thread.
We’ve now had confirmation of the s55 engine’s sightly above 7500 RPM redline via the official released specs, but seeing as how the tachometer and redline were ever elusive all these months and years of spy photos, we’re happy to finally share with you images of the M3/M4′s redline.
Though the actual redline starts at the 7500 mark, expect the rev limiter to kick in a bit after that.
You’ve already seen the M3/M4 technical presentation slides in our Official Tech Guide Thread. Now view the presentation as it was meant to be digested – in animated form.
Who doesn’t like fancy 360 degree rotating views and animated technical blow-ups… we definitely do.
Today’s tests at the Nurburgring were stopped by a BMW F80 M3 crash ten minutes before the end of the session. The accident occurred at a section called “Metzgesfeld” where the driver lost control and crashed into the right guide rail.
Fortunately, the test driver is OK and was only fitted with a neck collar. The F80 M3 prototype was transported back to the BMW technical center at the Ring.
Unfortunate that this happened, but it gives us more looks at the advanced M3 and M4 prototypes and a peek at what appears to one-piece sports seats, different than the ones in the prototype M3/M4 we rode in recently (compare).
Could these one-piece seats also possibly have carbon fiber backs as the ones which appeared in this earlier … CONTINUED
We have added and updated more technical specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 in our Official Technical Guide.
Please see inside.