According to fresh reports, the BMW​'s upcoming G80 M3 will be available as either a rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive. While this isn't an official announcement from BMW M​, news about the sports sedan is slowly leaking from sources within the Bavarian automaker. The sixth-generation M3 is said to use an xDrive system similar to that seen in the F90 M5, that will allow the driver to toggle between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive modes. Power is expected to come from a new S58 motor - an evolution of the current S55 - paired with an eight-speed automatic. Like its predecessor, it will be a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six, but power is expected to leap to 353kw and 650nm - significantly more than the 317kw and 550nm the F80 M3 debuted with. There is even talk that the M3 Competition will pack as much as 368kw - as much as the limited-edition F82 M4 GTS. The 3 Series dropped weight with its redesign and the M cars are going down the same weight reduction path with a predicted 65kg trimming. And thanks to xDrive, this more powerful M3 is expected to not only trump its predecessor in all regards, but also be quicker than its primary rivals too. However, if you feel offended by the M3's switch to all-wheel drive, BMW is said to be preparing a 'Pure Edition', which will be a stripped out version of the G80, feature a six-speed manual, as well as a slight detune to around 338kw. While there has been no confirmation from BMW South Africa​, the new M3 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show​ in September. Until then, here's another render of the G80 M3 to keep you salivating. #StayTuned #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA

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