The head of BMW’s M-division also said that the company is in the final stages of testing the prototypes of the M3 at the Nurburgring, adding that the high-performance sedan will be available with both a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic transmission with dual connector. He specified that the sports sedan will have versions with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, and identical configurations are provided for the M4.
Also, Marcus Flash promised that the two high-performance models will have “up to 510 horsepower”, which corresponds to the X3 M and X4 M Competition. Although he did not mention what the maximum torque will be, it is expected to amount to 600 Nm – as in both crossovers.
It is worth noting that the S58 engine in the Competition models will be available exclusively with the eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive four-wheel drive system. The M3 and M4 manual transmission versions, called “Pure”, will only be in reverse. In other words, buyers must choose either manual gears or dual drive. Hotter versions such as the M3 CS as well as the CSL model are expected to appear, but this will happen later in the life cycle.
BMW will start production of the new M3 and M4 in November, with deliveries scheduled to begin early next year. Later in 2021, an M4 convertible will appear.
Meanwhile, the new generation BMW 4er will debut on June 2 along with the M440i M Performance.