BMW planning manual rear-drive M3 Pure?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
21 Jan 2019

BMW debuted the G20 3 Series last year, headed by the M340i. That model comes in both rear- and all-wheel drive configuration, in the US at least, which has led some to wonder if the range-topping M3 will make like the M5 and only be offered with all-paw power.

A new report is suggesting that both rear- and all-wheel drive versions of M3 will be available. Apparently, BMW is cooking up an ‘entry level’ M3 Pure, exclusively with rear-wheel drive, a six-speed manual gearbox and an electronically controlled differential lock. Power will come from a biturbo 3.0-litre straight six with an M4 GTS-derived water injection system and 338kW.

Above the Pure will be a high-end M3 using an xDrive system similar to the one in the M5, meaning it also has a RWD mode. It will ditch the stick shift and employ an eight-speed automatic transmission to direct 353kW of power.

The report goes on to say that there will be different styling between the two models. Expect unique front and rear aprons, alloys and paintwork for each variant, as well as different upholstery and instrument clusters.

Looking even further ahead, BMW is expected to bring out an M3 CS and possibly M3 CSL, with 395kW and 410kW respectively. Meanwhile, the M4 will also spawn Pure and xDrive versions, with an M4 Gran Coupe in the works.


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