Next-gen M3 confirmed to feature RWD and manual

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 May 2019

BMW has confirmed the 2020 M3 will come with a rear-drive version, with power fed through an old-fashioned three-pedal manual transmission.

The news comes soon after AMG boss, Tobias Moers, announced that its cars will henceforth be all-wheel-drive-only.

BMW’s reveal came via an interview with chairman of BMW M, Markus Flasch, who said that the upcoming M3 would be available in multiple guises. One of these will be the manual-shifting, rear-wheel-drive version.

He believes that all-paw technology is better suited for large and medium cars that are driven throughout the entire year. Cars like the M2, M3 and M4 are usually bought as an addition to a garage, rather than a daily driver, and can get away with being offered with RWD and a manual transmission. It’ll be interesting to see just how many people spring for the ‘driver’s’ M3, given current buying trends for performance cars are tracking towards automatics.

During the same interview, Flasch announced plans for new CS models, which could extend right out to BMW’s SUV family. As an added bonus for the BMW purists, Flasch hinted at the return of the CSL, saying it would have “the purest M character that you can achieve on a car which has still got license plates.”

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