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.
Among the BMW Ms, the M3 is special because it always lives up to its automotive lineage. Starting with the first M3 in 1986, its superiority has shone bright and clear all the way past the two following generations until 2007.
Even though it was developed based on the 3-Series Coupe, the latest BMW M3 stands apart from a typical coupe both in form and function. BMW M’s engineers were told to apply leading lightweight technology for a singular design, drivetrain, and suspension to achieve ultimate performance. This brief became reality with engineering that is smart and lightweight, highlighted by a power-to-weight ratio of just 3.8 kg (8.4 lb) per horsepower.
The M3’s light weight is the segment’s first production car to feature a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof. Except for a small number of components, the BMW M3 Coupe sports completely new engineering and styling, expressing BMW M’s success. The car’s load-bearing build, doors, boot cover, windows, and head and rear lights are the same as the 3 Series. The rest were designed specifically for the BMW M3.
The M3’s uniqueness is immediately obvious. Beyond the compelling power-dome and two air intakes of the engine compartment, the functional designing of the front and rear air dams, the front side panels’ “gills”, the distinct side-sills, the clear carbon fibre roof, exterior mirrors, and light-alloy wheels define the new model from top to bottom. The exterior’s sporty, clean look punctuates the car’s athleticism.