The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied throughout winter testing in Europe this year. Not much is really understood about the super sedan at this point, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the imagination in terms of its style, though we can inform the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based upon– will be a development instead of a revolution.
Caught screening at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 reveals that the M department’s new strategy is in full swing. Although the super-saloon is far from ended up, the car is being put through its speeds, suggesting the chassis setup and powertrain are at a sophisticated stage of development.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based on the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to adopt the most recent 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 greater usage of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is claimed to play an important function in lowering the weight of the new M3 in spite of an increase in its exterior dimensions.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is also planning to provide the new M3 with a variety of lightweight carbonfibre elements as standard in a bid to more bring the car’s weight below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although absolutely nothing is official, the new M3 is expected to follow the lead taken by the newest M5 in including a carbonfibre roofing system as requirement.
2019 BMW M3 Engine
Earlier reports recommended the new M3 would be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain with a gearbox-mounted electrical motor supplying additional performance via an additional driving mode. Nevertheless, sources at BMW M say those reports were hugely speculative. The most recent word from M department’s Garching head office is that the M3 will stick to a standard combustion engine in the form of an updated version of BMW M’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder system mated to either a standard-fit six-speed handbook or an optional eight-speed automated.
Surprisingly, the new model is expected to use either a six-speed handbook or eight-speed automated, dropping the dual-clutch transmission used in the current version for the new eight-speed torque converter currently including in the new M5.
At this stage, it’s uncertain whether the M3 will likewise get the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system likewise seen in the M5, though it could be likely if BMW wishes 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 identical brother or sister, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively arranged to make its world debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor program, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.