- The suspension will also have softer settings to lend a balanced ride quality.
- BMW M3 will adopt CLAR platform like the 5 and 7.
- Part time four-wheel-drive system might also be part of the package.
The next-gen BMW M3 will be arriving in 2020. The super saloon has been spotted testing already near the carmaker’s headquarters and at the notorious Nurburgring. Now, the latest reports surrounding the G80 series suggests that the M3 might feature an active four wheel steering system.
The M3 will be scrounging the system from the bigger 5 and 7 Series. It will use the same CLAR platform like the other two, but BMW might not use an expensive carbon core like the flagship sedan. This is due to the complexity of the system and the larger production demand of the M3. But the new platform will help the new M3 become lighter than lightest M3 CS of the current gen. It will also help the Bavarian sedan to grow in size.
The characteristic rear-wheel drive will be retained in the M3. Power will be sent from the updated 3.0-litre straight-six which will have a higher power output north of 400bhp. Rumours have it that it will use a modern version of the highly critised water injection system from the hardcore M4 GTS. No electrified powerplants are expected at the moment.
BMW will also work on the spring rates of the new 3 Series to make the ride quality more supple. The stiffer setup associated with BMWs will be retained by rigid structural setup. The comfortable setup with a dynamic structure will make the new 3 an all-rounder.
Other advanced technological features will also be added to the G80’s feature list including new iDrive and driver assist system. The M3 will steer away from autonomous techs as BMW wants to keep it driver centric.
Apart from the fully blown M3, the top-spec 3 will be the 340i M-Sport with 360bhp straight-six. An xDrive fitted 340d will have a 320bhp output. The M3 will spawn the M4 Coupe, as well, which will arrive sometime later in 2020. The M3 will also spearhead the 26 model offensive of M Division beginning with the turn of the decade.