The new BMW M3 and M4 are closer to launch with the all-new M3 Sedan being tested at the Sachsenring seen attacking the track, dressed in camo.
First pictures of the new BMW M3 have emerged from the official BMW portal as the most potent iterations of the 3 Series, the M3 sedan, was out testing at the Sachsenring in Germany.
The series development process for the new BMW M3 and M4 Coupé is entering its crucial phase as it hits the popular circuit for some hot laps and real-world testing. With a significant increase in performance compared to their predecessors together with an M-specific suspension setup and newly-developed straight-six M TwinPower Turbo engines, the new models will once again set benchmarks in the segment of high-performance sedans and coupés of the premium mid-range class. There have been comprehensive innovations in the areas of drive, wheel suspension, springs, dampers and braking technology that require extensive testing on public roads at the BMW Group testing centres in Miramas, Southern France, in the Swedish town of Arjeplog as well as on a number of different racetracks.
The new BMW M3 and M4 Coupé and Cabriolet models will pack an evolved six-cylinder engine with more power and torque than before. As we reported earlier, they will be offered with a similar specification as the X3/X4 M, with 480 hp and a Competition model with 510 hp. However, the torque output is higher, up to 650 Nm. Further, there is a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed M Steptronic automatic. The M xDrive is a first for the BMW M3 and M4 and will make for intense acceleration. As with the M5, there will be the option of 2WD mode as well to allow for enthusiast shenanigans and sliding the tail a little wider. Preliminary data for efficiency reveals combined fuel consumption of between 9.17-9.52 km/l and CO2 emissions of between 249 to 239 g/km.
The new BMW M3 and M4 will feature revised styling, updated aerodynamics and will have sharper tuned suspension for attacking the track. If the drive modes we’ve seen thus far are anything to go by, expect two or even three cars in one. Although the M sport bucket seats may have other ideas.