The network got pictures from the tests of the new BMW M3

March 12, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The long-awaited “charged” novelty debuts in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show (Germany).

There have been a lot of rumors about the next-generation high-performance M3 by now, but so far, none of them have received official confirmation from the brand representatives. This week, BMW M Head of Product Planning, Carsten Price, shared the first official information about the sports sedan that will compete with the German Mercedes-AMG C63 and the Italian Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

As expected, at the heart of the new M3 will be the same newly developed 3.0-liter engine with a row “six”, which last month was presented on the “charged” crossovers X3 M and X4 M.

 In its basic version, the S58 engine will produce 473 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. It is reported that a more powerful version of the BMW M3 Competition can boast 503 hp power and the same torque. Again, these figures are identical to the “charged” X3 M and X4 M in the performance of the Competition.

One of the main differences between the new sedan and its powerful crossover brothers will be in the xDrive all-wheel drive system, since the new M3 will receive rear-wheel drive mode inherited from its older brother, the powerful M5. And two high-performance crossovers do not. From the new M5, the younger sedan will get an electronic steering system that will be recalibrated for a lower curb weight M3. The British car magazine Evo expects the M3 to weigh somewhere around 1,600 kg, while the M5 Competition weighs 1,982 kg.