BMW gained’t unveil the redesigned M3 and M4 until September, however that hasn’t stopped the corporate from releasing a brand new teaser video.
That includes Christian Flessa, the pinnacle of driving dynamics programs at BMW M, the clip provides us a have a look at the M3’s testing and improvement on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Right away, Flessa says the upcoming sports activities sedan will likely be supplied with each rear- and all-wheel drive. He goes onto say rear-wheel drive will likely be “commonplace.”
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Regardless of driving “many laps” on the Nordschleife, Flessa stated BMW additionally assessments the M3 on nation roads, motorways and roads with unhealthy surfaces. He says the purpose of that is to search out the “very best stability between racetrack efficiency and buyer suitability, buyer profit, [and] buyer efficiency.” In essence, they’re making an attempt to make sure the mannequin is succesful on the monitor but in addition comfy on the street.
From there, the clip takes a have a look at the automobile’s dealing with and its revealed engineers paid particular consideration to the M3’s steering and dampers. The video additionally notes the stabilization system will enable drivers to take the automobile to the restrict and preserve it there.
Whereas the clip is gentle on specifics, executives have already confirmed the M3 and M4 could have the identical 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine because the X3 M and X4 M. Consequently, the bottom mannequin could have 473 hp (353 kW / 480 PS), whereas the Competitors variant will likely be rated at 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS).
The clip additionally reveal M3s geared up with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission could have a mixed gas economic system ranking of roughly 10.5 L/100 km (22 mpg US / 26.9 mpg UK). The mannequin may also have mixed CO2 emissions of 239 g/km.
The M3 may also be offered with a six-speed manual, nevertheless it’s anticipated to be unique to fashions with rear-wheel drive.