The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied during cold weather screening in Europe this year. Very little is truly learnt about the incredibly sedan at this point, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the creativity in regards to its style, though we can inform the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based on– will be an advancement rather than a revolution.
Caught screening at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 reveals that the M division’s new strategy remains in full speed. Although the super-saloon is far from completed, the car is being put through its paces, recommending the chassis setup and powertrain are at an advanced stage of advancement.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based on the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to embrace the current evolution 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 higher usage of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is claimed 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 also preparing to supply the new M3 with a number of lightweight carbonfibre parts as standard in a bid to additional bring the car’s weight below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although absolutely nothing is main, the new M3 is expected to follow the lead taken by the latest M5 in including a carbonfibre roofing as requirement.
2019 BMW M3 Engine
Earlier reports suggested the new M3 would be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain with a gearbox-mounted electrical motor supplying additional efficiency via an extra driving mode. Nevertheless, sources at BMW M say those reports were extremely speculative. The current word from M department’s Garching headquarters is that the M3 will stick with a standard combustion engine in the form of an upgraded variation 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 automatic.
Interestingly, the new model is anticipated to use either a six-speed handbook or eight-speed automated, dropping the dual-clutch transmission utilized in the existing variation for the new eight-speed torque converter currently featuring in the new M5.
At this stage, it’s uncertain whether the M3 will likewise pick up the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system likewise seen in the M5, though it might be most likely if BMW wants 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 signed up with by a mechanically similar brother or sister, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively scheduled to make its world launching at the 2019 Frankfurt motor program, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.