BMW F30 M3 and F32 M4 will have at least 320kW/500Nm from turbo-6

BMW has revealed a few tidbits of information about the forthcoming M3 and M4 performance twins. Except a further drip feed of information in the lead up to the cars’ official launch.


According to BMW the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe will have at least 320kW (430hp) of power and 500Nm (369lb-ft) at its disposal. All that power and torque will be generated by a new turbocharged straight-6 engine that can rev all the way up to 7,500rpm. The rear wheels are driven via an electric Active M Differential, and either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

By way of comparison the outgoing M3 has a 4-litre V8 churning out 309kW of power and 400Nm of torque. The new M3/M4 will feature an electric power steering system with three power assistance settings

Thanks to the use of aluminium for various panels, as well as a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof on both the M3 sedan and M4 coupe, the new cars are said to tip the scales at just under 1,500kg. No doubt, the adoption of a smaller engine helps with the weight loss too.

The M4 Concept coupe (seen above) runs on 20-inch alloy wheels and ceramic brakes.

Comparison

  E90/E92/E93 BMW M3 F30 M3 / F32 M4
Displacement 4 litres (unknown)
Cylinders 8 6
Turbocharger No Yes
Power 309kW 320kW *
Torque 400Nm 500Nm *
0-100km/h 4.8s (unknown)
Fuel economy (EU) 12.4L/100km 9.3L/100km †
Weight 1,580kg (coupe) 1,500kg †

* Minimum power output, as stated by BMW.
† Estimate based on information from BMW.

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Derek Fung

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