The next-generation BMW M3 has actually been spied during winter testing in Europe this year. Not much is truly known about the extremely sedan at this moment, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the imagination in terms of its style, though we can tell the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based upon– will be a development instead of a transformation.
Caught screening at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 shows that the M department’s new plan remains in full swing. Although the super-saloon is far from completed, the car is being put through its rates, recommending the chassis setup and powertrain are at a sophisticated stage of advancement.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based upon the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to adopt 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 use of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is claimed to play an integral function in reducing the weight of the new M3 in spite of a boost in its exterior dimensions.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is also planning to provide the new M3 with a number of lightweight carbonfibre parts as standard in a quote to additional bring the car’s weight below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although nothing is main, the new M3 is anticipated to follow the lead taken by the most current M5 in featuring a carbonfibre roof 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 extra efficiency through an additional driving mode. However, sources at BMW M state those reports were extremely speculative. The latest word from M department’s Garching headquarters is that the M3 will stick to a standard combustion engine in the form of an upgraded 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 automatic.
Remarkably, the new model is expected to offer either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, ditching the dual-clutch transmission used in the present version for the new eight-speed torque converter currently including in the new M5.
At this phase, it’s uncertain whether the M3 will also pick up the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system also seen in the M5, though it might 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 present 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.