The next BMW M3 with its manual gearbox is already on the Nürburgring
Even if the automatic transmission is becoming increasingly popular on high-end vehicles, it will not be systematic on some sports cars. Thus, the next generation of the BMW M3 will receive in addition to an automatic transmission, an old-fashioned manual gearbox. This was also confirmed by Markus Flasch, head of the BMW M division, at Top Gear magazine.
Good news for purists as very powerful manual cars are becoming increasingly rare. The Aston Martin Vantage AMR is one of these rarities, still offering a manual gearbox coupled to a 510 hp V8. On the Nürburgring, spies have spotted a prototype of the future BMW M3 and by listening, it is possible to notice something special...
Even if the engine offers us delicious revs, we can detect a fairly long time when the mechanics shifts. This time is indicative of a clutch pressed by a human being.... In other words, this prototype is equipped with the famous manual transmission so dear to fans.
As far as engines are concerned, we already know that the M3's rear-wheel drive variant will use an engine installed under the hood of the X3 M and the X4 M SUVs. This engine is an in-line six developing 503 hp in the radical "Competition" versions of the SUVs. This gives us a vague idea of the power of the future M3 and M4. The future BMW M3 will be presented in 2020 and the M4 will rapidly follow.