BMW recently introduced a new generation of its popular midsize sedan, the 2019 BMW 3-Series. M division’s gnarlier models will, of course, make their way to dealers soon. Car Magazine reports that the redesigned M3 and M4 are coming to the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. BMW could lace them with all-wheel-drive, and also retain a manual gearbox option.
Car Magazine states that both the BMW M3 and M4 will be available in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The AWD system is supposed to be the same as the BMW M5’s, letting you pilot it in rear-wheel-drive only mode.
BMW is supposedly going to fit both the M3 and M4 with all-wheel-drive in order to increase performance.
The M twins will only be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both the cars will feature a tweaked 3.0-litre straight-six engine putting out 474hp and 550Nm. BMW says it won’t be investing in manuals anymore, and its last such gearbox is not designed to handle torque more than 650Nm.
However, it’s not all sad news for fans and aspirants of the M3 and its coupe cousin, BMW M4. BMW is said to be coming up with “Pure” variants of these two cars, featuring manual transmission only. However, there is a trade-off that comes with the “Pure” trims. You get 454hp instead of the automatic cars’ 474. It’s a small price to pay for a sports car with a manual gearbox, but It still means that one of the most engaging variants of the M brand will be the least powerful.
The BMW 3-Series is lighter in its new-generation avatar, so expectedly the M3 and M4 will go down the same path with a tentative loss of 65kg. However, the more significant news is BMW fitting the M3 and M4 with xDrive. Although people will rant about how it makes them no different from Audi cars, the fact is that AWD provides much higher levels of grip in all situations, enabling cars to go faster, regardless of what they face.
Manual transmissions will die after BMW concludes production of the M3 and M4 "Pure" variants.
This is exactly what BMW has been doing with its M division: making cars that are faster than their predecessors. The company will reveal its new M3 and M4 family, consisting of Competition, CS, and CSL trims throughout the cars’ life cycle. There is no M3 touring estate in the offing, but BMW is said to be working on an M4 Gran Coupe.