You might have heard before that BMW is developing its new iteration of the M3 sedan as well as an M4 convertible and coupe. Spy shots of these vehicles have been floating around automotive circles but we still have about a year to wait for the production M offerings.
A recent report says that the next BMW M3 will be faster, lighter, and a bit more conservative in terms of styling.
Most likely the V-8 under the current version of the M3 will be dropped because of the tighter rules on emissions and fuel efficiency. To replace it will most likely be a twin-turbo V-6 with three liters of displacement and based on the family of B58 powerplants. This will give the standard M3 and BMW M4 an output of around 444 horses and should easily get to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
According to a reliable source, the new powerplant is also highly tunable with reports saying that it can be tweaked to go 500hp thru an ECU reflash. This might indicate that the German carmaker will offer special editions of the new M3 with bumped up horsepower.
In terms of styling, we can expect some refinement of the current M models. The new M3 might be lower and a bit wider than its older sibling. BMW can also give the new models 19-inch rims for a more potent stance. Expect some carbon fiber elements and cool elements like brake calipers in blue and mirror caps made of graphite.
Most likely the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 will get carbon ceramics for their brakes. Rumors say that these will be come with gold painted calipers just to let everyone know that they cannot outbrake you on corners.
There are also words that transmission will come in the form of a manual six-speed or an automated manual seven-speed gearbox. The new M models will also be lighter than the current model. The new M3 might be 95 kilos lighter than the current version.
We can expect a near-production unit come fall and the new M3 will hit the production line by 2014.