The next X3 M could be built on the Neue Klasse platform.
Electric BMW performance cars could have up to 1,300 horsepower.
This has yet to be confirmed by the automaker.
A rumour says that the next generation of the BWM X3 M will get an entirely electric powertrain when it arrives in 2026 or 2027.
According to this report, the X3 M will be built on the upcoming Neue Klasse platform that will be introduced with the future i3 and iX3 in 2025.
Following BMW’s naming convention, this could mean that this model will be renamed iX3 M, but we will have to wait for the official announcement to be certain.
Surprisingly, lower-trim X3 models will continue to offer gasoline engines later on in the decade in a new generation model that has been spotted on the roads of Germany already, but the top-of-the-line X3 M is expected to abandon its inline-six engine in favour of an electric drivetrain.
In order to improve the performance of its M models, BMW is currently developing a new electric technology that could give it the ability to produce EVs that deliver over 1,300 horsepower.
This level of power is not expected to make its way under the hood of the next X3 M, but it means that a future electric version will likely be more powerful than the current model, which benefits from up to 503 horsepower in Competition form.
Giving credibility to the report is the fact that an i4 M50 prototype fitted with an experimental quad motor setup was spotted after a testing session. This could be an early test bed for the type of powertrain that will differentiate M models such as the X3 M from sporty versions of regular BMW models, such as a potential iX3 M50.