BMW dives into M3 engine details

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Mar 2019

BMW debuted the new G20 3 Series last year and initial impressions were good. We actually have the new 330i downstairs right now so expect a review of that in the next magazine. Naturally the cooking models will be the volume sellers but enthusiasts are hanging out for the big dog, the M3. Now, BMW has shared the first official details about the sports sedan.

The 2020 M3 will use the same newly-developed 3.0-litre straight six as already seen in the X3 M and X4 M duo. The base version will offer around 352kW and 600Nm, while the Competition bumps power up to 375kW. Those are the same figures as in the SUVs.

Setting the sedan aside from the high-riders will be a rear-biased xDrive set-up borrowed from the elder M5. The top-tier fiver will also donate its electronic steering and active damper systems, tweaked for M3 duties. Weight should come in around 1600kg, almost 400kg down on the M5 Competition.

Those hoping for an old-school ‘Pure’ version with rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox might be disappointed, although some UK media reckon a future M3 CS could quench that thirst.

We’re expecting to see the M3 in the metal at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, although there’s a possibility of an earlier debut online.

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