2014 BMW M3 / M4 (F80/82) to get a turbocharged straight-six engine for the first time ever

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2012

Before the next BMW M3’s scheduled debut next March at the Geneva motor show, it was spied while being tested at the Nürburgring. Earlier this month, the M3 was observed as it underwent hot-weather testing in Death Valley. In comparison, the test mule has significantly flared wheel arches and a stance that’s lowered and more aggressive.

This is suggestive that there would be a sportier M flagship than the former M3s, reminiscent of the eccentric 1M Coupe. The M3 will have a turbocharged straight-six engine for the first time ever. Furthermore, it won’t be available just with a dual-clutch transmission. This powerplant is a significantly revised version of the N55 that is used in the M135i and 640i.

The M3 is comparable with its rivals like the Audi RS5 and Mercedes C63 AMG and is likely to deliver about 450bhp and 480lb ft of torque. It is expected to receive the M5’s dual-clutch gearbox but the new installation will get a revised set of seven speeds. Also for the first time on an M3 is electro-mechanical steering. However, the electronic M differential will be kept.

A three-stage dynamic damper control will be used by the M3, the same one used on the larger M5 and M6. Similar to the older E92 model, this ‘F80’ M3 will maintain a unitary steel structure. Nonetheless, aluminium is expected to be widely used in areas like the bonnet and doors to get the new car below the 1605kg kerb weight of the previous version.

The release of the latest BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M3 Sedan sees BMW M GmbH launching a new take on the top performance sports vehicle - and carrying the BMW M principle on to the 5th batch of the M3. More than 40,000 samples of the 4th batch of BMW M3 Coupe were manufactured, and currently the BMW M4 Coupe is set to continue its legacy. The "M4" badge is a signature of the model roster in reference to the latest M model - and, it is only now that the Coupe will be launched together with the four-door model. It is easy to see that the latter will be dubbed as the BMW M3 Sedan.

President of BMW M GmbH Dr. Friedrich Nitschke said that four batches of the BMW M3 have mixed motor sport DNA and unparalleled daily functionality within a dramatic overall idea. The BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M3 Sedan stand for a continuing promise to this principle. The engine is the center of each M model, and the latest turbocharged six-cylinder unit installed in the two new vehicles mixes the values of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the power of turbocharger innovation.

A lightweight style concept cuts a whopping 80 kg off the weight of the previous M3. The BMW M4 and BMW M3 put motor sport innovation from the race track to the streets, and hundreds of laps of the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife - the most exacting track all over the world - have prepared the latest models for that move. Strict and passion-driven improvement work has facilitated the production of two top performance sports vehicles that set a new benchmark when it comes to agility, accuracy and overall concept.

Topics: bmw, bmw m3, bmw m4, engine

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