CAR Magazine has learned that the next BMW M3 will offer up to 510 horsepower and xDrive AWD.
We expected some fairly significant changes for the upcoming 2020 BMW M3 and according to British publication CAR Magazine, that’s what we will get.
CAR spoke with BMW M division boss Markus Flasch who confirmed two things. One, the new 2020 M3 will get a two-tiered engine menu comprised of the same twin-turbo, six-cylinder unit powering the new BMW X3 M and X4 M.
That means that the base M3 will offer 480 horsepower while the top-of-the-line will feature 510 horsepower.
The other big news is the addition of all-wheel drive. According to CAR and Markus Flasch, the M3’s xDrive AWD system will be similar in design and function to the all-wheel drive system found in the new BMW M5. That means that it will promote and encourage sporty driving and be rear-wheel-biased. The 2020 BMW M3 will also be offered with rear-wheel drive for the purists.
The addition of all-wheel drive means the 2020 BMW M3 will be a year-round and all-weather performance machine. Like the new M5, we expect it will retain much of the bite of the previous generation but with more user-friendly overall balance, control, and handling.
Oh, we almost forgot. BMW says the 2020 M3 will also get a manual gearbox as well. Now that’s a bit of good news right there even if the automatic will still be the most popular option with buyers. The current BMW M3 and M4 is the only performance sedan in its segment to still offer a do-it-yourself gearbox.
We can also expect a new modern interior complete with glass bits and a fully-digital instrument cluster taken from the new BMW 3 Series.
Source: CAR Magazine