The next-generation BMW M3 has been spotted with a manual transmission
One of BMW's test cars has been spotted with the elusive three pedal arrangement
About a year ago BMW M CEO Markus Flasch revealed that the upcoming M3 would be available with an all too rare manual transmission. However, since his announcement last September we haven't seen much of anything in the way of proof. Flasch went on to say that the manual versions of the M3 and the M4 will not be the highest-performance variants; as a modern double-clutch transmission car shift faster than any human-being.
BMW have previously said that if it weren't for the US market they would no longer be offering a three-pedal setup. These latest photographs prove to us the BMW weren't joking, the next M3 really will have a manual transmission!
Going on sale in 2021 the new M3 is rumored to be powered bt a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six as found in both the X3 M and X4 M. Though still unconfirmed, the base M3 should have just over 470 horsepower, and 500 for the competition spec, it is still unknown if a manual will be available with the higher-performance competition-specs, however, we can say for certain that it will be available on the "standard" M3. The car will also come with all wheel drive as standard, with the ability to engage rear wheel drive mode just like its older brother the M5.