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Everything we know so far about the new BMW M3

All of the latest information about BMW's new small super saloon

Ever since its release in 1986, the BMW M3 has remained one of the most coveted performance cars on the market. After the immense success of the previous model, the production of which ceased some two years ago, we are finally catching a glimpse of what the next M3 might be like. Here's everything we know so far about BMW's next super saloon.

The new M3 is expected to be powered by BMW's latest performance powerplant, the 'S58' twin turbocharged 3 litre straight-six, which has been tried and tested in the X3 and X4 M models and produces around 480bhp. BMW will also build a 'Competition' version of the new M3 with over 500bhp, as well as uprated suspension, brakes and various cosmetic enhancements.

The new BMW S58 engine can produce up to 500bhp in 'Competition' guise (Image Credits: Arteum.ro)

The new BMW S58 engine can produce up to 500bhp in 'Competition' guise (Image Credits: Arteum.ro)

Reassuringly, BMW have taken steps to ensure that this power can be deployed safely - higher trim levels of the M3 will be fitted as standard with xDrive, BMW's advanced all-wheel drive system. BMW are to offer a wide range of trim levels for the new M3, from the 'Pure' model - with a detuned engine driving the rear wheels only via a six speed manual gearbox - to the aforementioned 'Competition' model, a 500bhp four-wheel drive monster. Furthermore, for the first time in the history of the M3, BMW are building an estate version with 500 litres of boot capacity in order to compete with rivals such as the Audi RS4 Avant and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate.

However, recent spy shots have revealed that the new BMW M3 will feature a controversial new large grille design that is becoming increasingly common on new BMW models. The motoring press have been almost unanimous in their antipathy towards this unusual design, making it all the more curious that BMW have decided to feature it on their most popular sports car. It is hard not to draw comparisons to the Chris Bangle era, when BMW stubbornly continued to implement controversial designs created by the then Chief of Design at BMW, Chris Bangle. This saga continued for years until 2009, when Bangle finally resigned after almost a decade of constant criticism. Hopefully BMW have learnt their lesson and the errors of the Bangle era won't be repeated.

Either way, prices for the new M3 are expected to start at around £60,000 in the UK, which is good value considering that it is more powerful than the Audi RS4 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, both of which cost well over £65,000. Thankfully, the new BMW M3, sounds, so far, like a stellar super saloon with unparalleled levels of practicality and performance.

What do you think of the new BMW M3? Comment down below!

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Comments (6)

  • It'll have a stupid nose, but will be brilliant everywhere else. That should sum it up.

      1 month ago
  • I can put up with the big grill, the big news is the estate which I’m realy looking forward to seeing, I’d even consider financing one 😂😂😂

      1 month ago
  • It's RWD with 6-speed manual. How good is that! Bain of my life rev-equalization is obviously here to stay, since everyone now has it, including Porsche. Hopefully BMW will follow Toyota and will offer it as an Option.

      1 month ago
  • As already hinted at by others it will be uglier than the previous model but technically excellent. I couldn’t love an ugly car. It would make me sad when I looked at it 😢

      1 month ago
  • Huh- more turbo power, more lag? Most testers of high power turbo performance cars seem to say” there’s almost \ virtually no lag” - that means that there is some, and for me any is too much for a complete drivers car.

      1 month ago

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