Power alert: The 2020 BMW M3 is coming - Price, specs and release date
With the 2019 BMW M3 stealing the show, it was only a matter of time before the German car manufacturer would come out with a successor to it. As you can see, the car is still dressed to the hilt in camo and was seen driving around the Ring, but thankfully that means we will see one soon.
How much will the 2020 BMW M3 cost and when can we see it?
The 2020 BMW M3 is due to have a starting price of around £62,000 which is about standard for a sports saloon these days. This could of course dramatically increase with options. In terms of when we will see the car, it is most likely going to appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September following the release of the new 3-series.
2020 BMW M3 engine and power stats:
The 2020 M3 is set to produce 480 hp (20 hp more than before) as well as increased torque. All this will come from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six which has been fitted with water-injection to cool the high combustion temperatures, and a new petrol particulate filter to please the emissions detectives.
If you thought all of this wasn't enough. The 2020 BMW M3 has been on a bit of a diet. It has lost a grand total of 65 kg which is the same weight as a beer keg.
All this means it will come as standard with 30 more horsepower than an Audi RS5 and is likely to blow the socks off the Mercedes C63 AMG.
2020 BMW M3 handling:
With the significant weight loss, the new BMW M3 will be better round corners with improved aerodynamics and downforce too. It will also come with a stiffer bodywork and reworked suspension.
But obviously, with more power comes the question as to whether the car should send it all to the rear wheels or make the jump to AWD. Well, you'll be pleased to know that the 2020 M3 will be able to do both.
"What?!" You may ask. Well, It will use the same system as the current M5 which allows you to toggle between the two modes. Base versions of the new M3 will be purely rear-wheel drive, while pricier M xDrive all-wheel-drive variants will have this feature.
2020 BMW M3 looks and new 'base' model:
With the announcement of the new BMW M3, will also come the arrival of a brand new entry-level M3 dubbed the 'Pure'. This will also appear in the M4 line-up too. They will have a little less power than the pricier models, 460 rather than 480 hp to be exact. They also won't be available with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission (it isn't known what it will have instead) and M xDrive will not be available either.
As you can see from the photos, the 2020 BMW M3 will the larger brake discs, the (what are now) quintessentially BMW quad-tailpipe exhausts and a revised front and rear with updated lights, grille and small rear spoiler which you can just about make out.
But with all things good, also come some bad things. As far as we know, there are no plans for a BMW M3 Touring. However, according to a source, the M range will include a four-door M4 Gran Coupe, which could be the closest we will get. So, not all hope is lost I guess.
Are you excited for the 2020 BMW M3?