The next-generation BMW M3 has actually been spied during cold weather screening in Europe this year. Very little is truly understood about the very sedan at this moment, nor does the heavy camouflage lend much to the creativity in regards to its design, though we can inform the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based on– will be an evolution rather than a transformation.
Caught screening at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the advancement M3 shows that the M division’s new strategy remains in full speed. Although the super-saloon is far from ended up, the car is being executed its paces, suggesting the chassis setup and powertrain are at a sophisticated stage of advancement.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based upon the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to embrace the most recent development of BMW’s CLAR platform, a structural basis currently used by the 5 Series and 7 Series and their M variants, the M5 and M760iX. Through the higher usage of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is declared to play an essential function in minimizing the weight of the new M3 despite a boost in its exterior measurements.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is also preparing to supply the new M3 with a number of light-weight carbonfibre components as standard in a bid to further bring the car’s weight listed below the 1585kg of the M3 CS. Although nothing is official, the new M3 is expected to follow the lead taken by the newest M5 in featuring a carbonfibre roofing as standard.
2019 BMW M3 Engine
Earlier reports suggested the new M3 would be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain with a gearbox-mounted electric motor offering extra efficiency through an additional driving mode. However, sources at BMW M state those reports were wildly speculative. The current word from M division’s Garching head office is that the M3 will stick to a conventional combustion engine through an upgraded version of BMW M’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder unit mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic.
Surprisingly, the new model is expected to provide either a six-speed handbook or eight-speed automatic, dumping the dual-clutch transmission used in the existing version for the new eight-speed torque converter currently including in the new M5.
At this stage, it’s unclear whether the M3 will likewise pick up the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system likewise seen in the M5, though it could be most likely if BMW wishes to dip the M3’s 0-100km/ h time under the 4.0-second mark.
2019 BMW M3 Release Date
The sixth-generation M3 will, like the present car, be joined by a mechanically similar sibling, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively scheduled to make its world launching at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.
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