Next-generation Bmw M3 will arrive in four-door guise first

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2011

Although fans are eager to put their hand on the new M3 Coupe it appears that BMW has another plan for them as the M3 Sedan will be launched first. According to Autocar, there are two reasons to do that: one is that the new model will be introduced sooner as BMW will not wait for the coupe version of its new sedan; the second reason is because the M3 is losing some of its hardcore character.

When the new Coupe and Convertible versions of the new M3 will arrive, these vehicles will be set up with more traditionally extrovert driving characteristics.

Moreover, the new Coupe and Convertible versions are expected to receive the M4 badge. Regarding the engine, the new M3 Sedan will not receive a V8 like the current version and according to sources an in-line six or a V6 is expected.

BMW M GmbH shows the next evolutionary step for high-performance sports cars with the unveiling of two new-generation cars: the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe. The trademark BMW M spirit has been retained and adapted for the M3 on its fifth generation.

BMW produced at least 40,000 units of the fourth-generation M3 Coupe, and they fully expect the new M4 Coupe to be just as, if not more successful. The "M4" badge identifies the new model’s originating series. This is the first time that BMW is simultaneously debuting both the coupe and the four-door sedan. The latter will be designated the M3 Sedan, as it was speculated.

Dr Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH, states that the four previous BMW M3 generations expressed motor sport traits in a decidedly practical package while retaining a prevailing premium concept. Both the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe carry forward the legacy of this philosophy.

The core of all M models has to be the engine, and both cars are powered by a new turbocharged 6-cylinder power plant that maximises the advantages of a high-revving naturally aspirated motor with that of turbocharger technology. Dedication to a lightweight design concept resulted in approximately 80 kg being shed from the preceding M3. While the BMW M3 and M4 are both designed for the road, they both adapt motor track automotive technology.

This transition has been validated by thousands of successful test laps around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is among the most challenging race tracks in the world. The passionate and precise developmental process facilitated the production of two high-performance sports cars with elevated conceptual, agility and precision levels.

The innovative high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe attains up to 431hp of power. Its 550Nm (406 lb-ft.) peak torque is obtainable within a wide rev band and is around 40 percent more than the preceding BMW M3’s capability. Amazingly, the engine is also roughly 25 percent more fuel efficient. The optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission allows 0-100 mph acceleration times of only 4.1 seconds for both cars.

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