The German automaker BMW is preparing the next generation M3 and a brand new M coupe patterned after the second-generation 1 series to bring to the market in the 2014 model year.
The next 3 and 1 series models will be introduced in the latter part of 2012 as a 2013 model. BMW, in its aim to lower displacement and reduction in overall vehicle weight to preserve performance, will return the M3 back to a 6-cylinder unit.
The company is still deciding however if it's going to be an inline-six or a V6. The latter would offer better balance and more packaging adaptability; however, an inline-six would be more lightweight, an essential element in the future designs of BMW.
BMW is not saying at this point if the new six-cylinder M powerplant, which is not patterned on the present 3.0-liter range, will be a twin turbo or not. What's more definite is that it's going to be a turbo six-cylinder unit. The carmaker acknowledges that they have not yet started the M3.
The German carmaker is seeking to revive the spirit of the 4-cylinder E30 M3 through a 1 Series M. It was considered an exciting ride although it needs more horses now, between 420 and 450, to provide it with a respectable acceleration rate, unlike twenty years ago.
The car comes with impressive stopping and high cornering capabilities. It will come with less than 2900 pounds overall weight and generate a minimum of 300hp, and the company hopes to get the attention of young customers with it. Still in its foundation stage, the BMW M is currently working on its feasibility.