It’s not a secret anymore that the next-generation Bmw M3, which will hit the market in 2012, will lose its V8 engine in favor of a smaller and more powerful V6. We found out from our German sources that the next-generation Bmw M3 will receive a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine capable to deliver around 440 hp. Still, the new car will also be lighter than the current model.
For those who don’t know, the current Bmw M3 model comes with a 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 309 kW/420 hp.
Power is transmitted via the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but for those who want more an optional M double-clutch gearbox with Drivelogic is available.
The engine pushes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds using the M double-clutch gearbox with Drivelogic, while the model fitted with a six-speed manual transmission achieves the sames speed in 4.8 seconds.
As usual, top speed is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 11.9 litres/23.7 mpg imp (six-speed manual: 12.4 litres/22.8 mpg imp)/100 kilometres.
Furthermore, the current model comes as standard with a lightweight carbon roof, while the options include Electronic Damper Control and the M Drive menu.