The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied during cold weather testing in Europe this year. Very little is actually learnt about the incredibly sedan at this moment, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the creativity 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 transformation.
Caught testing at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 reveals that the M department’s new plan is in full speed. Although the super-saloon is far from completed, the car is being put through its speeds, suggesting the chassis setup and powertrain are at an advanced stage of development.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based on the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to embrace the most recent development of BMW’s CLAR platform, a structural basis currently utilized by the 5 Series and 7 Series and their M variants, the M5 and M760iX. Through the higher use of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is declared to play an essential role in decreasing the weight of the new M3 in spite of an increase in its exterior dimensions.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is likewise planning to supply the new M3 with a variety of lightweight carbonfibre elements as basic in a bid to more bring the car’s weight below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although absolutely nothing is main, the new M3 is anticipated to follow the lead taken by the latest M5 in featuring a carbonfibre roof as standard.
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 offering extra performance through an additional driving mode. Nevertheless, sources at BMW M say those reports were hugely speculative. The current word from M division’s Garching head office is that the M3 will stick to a conventional combustion engine in the form of an updated variation of BMW M’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder system mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic.
Interestingly, the new model is anticipated to use either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automated, dumping the dual-clutch transmission used in the existing variation for the new eight-speed torque converter already featuring in the new M5. At this phase, it’s unclear whether the M3 will also get the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system likewise seen in the M5, though it could be most 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 show, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.