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The BMW M3 Will Retain its Turbo Inline-Six For At least Another Generation

The current BMW M3 is likely to receive a gasoline-powered successor to go along with the upcoming electric version.

  • This model should launch in 2027-2028, alongside an all-electric M3.

  • A related M4 coupe is not likely to follow.

  • This could be the last gasoline-powered M3 ever.

BMW is reportedly working on a new generation of the gasoline-powered M3 sports sedan, which should arrive in 2027 or 2028.

While BMW has previously announced it will launch an electric-powered M3 around the same timeframe, a post on BMW Blog claims the current model will see a direct replacement called G84.

This model should use the same S58 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine as the current M3, with updates that will make it compliant with upcoming Euro 7 emissions requirements.

These updates could include electrification in the form of a mild hybrid system, but BMW hasn’t confirmed this information and the recent changes to Euro 7 regulations mean electrification might not be necessary after all.

2024 BMW M3 CS | Photo: BMW

Unlike the upcoming electric model, this future gasoline-powered M3 won’t use the upcoming Neue Klasse platform, preferring the CLAR architecture used by the current 3 Series.

While we don’t know much about this future gas-powered M3, it is likely to be much less powerful than the electric version, which could make up to 1,341 horsepower, as confirmed by BMW.

While emissions regulations have been relaxed a bit, the future G84 M3 is still expected to be the last of its kind, before the electric version becomes the only choice in the lineup.

This means BMW will probably keep it on sale as long as it can, depending on additional changes in regulation and the popularity of the electric model.

Something to notice is that the closely related M4 is not expected to receive a new generation, at least not with a gasoline engine.

Until the new model arrives, the current M3 will continue in production until the spring of 2027 thanks to a facelift which will be unveiled in the next few months.

2024 BMW M3 CS | Photo: BMW

Source: BMW Blog

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