The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied throughout cold weather testing in Europe this year. Not much is really learnt about the extremely sedan at this point, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the creativity in regards to its design, though we can inform the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based on– will be an evolution rather than a revolution.
Caught testing at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the advancement M3 reveals that the M department’s new plan remains in full speed. Although the super-saloon is far from ended up, the car is being put through its rates, recommending the chassis setup and powertrain are at an advanced stage of advancement.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based upon the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to embrace the current evolution of BMW’s CLAR platform, a structural basis currently 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 claimed to play an important function 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 also preparing to provide the new M3 with a variety of lightweight carbonfibre components as basic in a quote 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 featuring a carbonfibre roofing as standard.
2019 BMW M3 Engine
Earlier reports suggested the new M3 would be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain with a gearbox-mounted electric motor providing additional performance by means of an extra driving mode. However, sources at BMW M state those reports were extremely speculative. The current word from M division’s Garching headquarters is that the M3 will stick with a standard combustion engine in the form of an upgraded 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.
Remarkably, the new model is expected to offer either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automated, dumping the dual-clutch transmission utilized in the current version for the new eight-speed torque converter already featuring in the new M5. At this phase, it’s unclear whether the M3 will also pick up the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system also seen in the M5, though it might 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 present car, be joined by a mechanically identical sibling, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively arranged to make its world launching at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.