Wobbled out our hearts to the mouths when learnt that BMW discontinued the M3 from its repertoire! But swallowed in the same when got to know the German carmaker decided to make a replacement for filling in the empty place of M3.
The spy shots that we had got this time on our online radar made us to know that, M3 is there in the process, and the latest test mule (of M Series) Bavarian bug had stripped down a lot to reveal the most of it, especially just for us to get the aspiring excitement notched till the upcoming launch.
The spotted test mule is a sedan version of M3 and shares the same performance and styling cues with that of the next-generation M4, which is the coupe avatar of M3 being called so in the new-generation avatar. The designers had worked endless nights to give in the M3 a muscled-up appearance. Bloated wheels, 19” alloys, a power dome on the hood, an M double-spoke grille, aggressively styled front and rear bumpers, bespoke mirrors, a rear diffuser, side skirts and a rather discrete boot lid spoiler, are all those workmen making the new M3 a holistic epic once again for the performance heads. And lastly, those the typical M-style four-pipe exhaust system can also be witnessed in this new M3.
However, wheels seems quite snagged to the body, thanks to the sports-tuned suspension, and that massive shiny big disc brakes peeping from behind the wheels also looks a bit beefed-up. Sources had said a different steering system and unique software to be deployed there for the electronic aid.
Hence, powering to the engine bay may come from the all new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, which was earlier doing with the naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V8. The new powerplant is expected to be more powerful than the previous one (but only by a slight margin), BMW is learnt to have laid concentration reducing the (M3’s) weight, so as result to achieve better performance, handling and fuel-economy the best in class.
BMW’s gear-shifting was meant to do away with the stick shift in the new BMW M3, but the sources speaks, a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to be there lugging for the legacy to be carried on as same.
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