The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied during cold weather testing in Europe this year. Not much is really understood about the extremely sedan at this point, nor does the heavy camouflage provide much to the creativity in terms of its design, though we can tell the next-gen M3– and the 3 Series it will be based upon– will be an advancement rather than a transformation.
Caught screening at the Nürburgring under heavy camouflage, the development M3 shows that the M division’s new strategy remains in full swing. Although the super-saloon is far from finished, the car is being executed its rates, recommending the chassis setup and powertrain are at an advanced stage of advancement.
2019 BMW M3 Platform
Based upon the new 3 Series, the M3 is set to embrace the latest advancement of BMW’s CLAR platform, a structural basis currently utilized by the 5 Series and 7 Series and their M variants, the M5 and M760iX. Through the higher use of aluminium and high-strength steel, the new platform is declared to play an essential function in lowering the weight of the new M3 despite an increase in its exterior measurements.
In addition to the new platform, BMW M is also planning to offer the new M3 with a variety of light-weight carbonfibre parts as basic 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 latest M5 in including a carbonfibre roof as requirement.
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 supplying additional performance through an extra driving mode. However, sources at BMW M say those reports were extremely speculative. The latest word from M division’s Garching headquarters is that the M3 will stick to a traditional combustion engine in the form of 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 automated.
Remarkably, the new model is expected to provide either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, dropping the dual-clutch transmission utilized in the existing version for the new eight-speed torque converter currently featuring in the new M5. At this phase, it’s unclear whether the M3 will also get the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system also seen in the M5, though it could be most likely if BMW wants 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 current car, be signed up with by a mechanically identical sibling, the second-generation M4 Coupé and Cabriolet. It is tentatively set up to make its world debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor program, prior to the start of UK sales in early 2020.