New BMW M3: An agent of change for M Division
The 2014 BMW M3 is coming into better focus. We believe that we dodged a bullet with the V6 variant but purists are still miffed that the in-line 6 will be turbocharged. But power will be up over the naturally aspirated V8 in the current M3.
Torque is king on the new six, and, as many have stated before, horsepower sells cars, torque wins races. And this engine will have a ton a torque right off idle. The F80 M3 engine will be better than the ‘is’ 1M, and that is a good engine with great reserves of power. It WILL be a blast on the track.
And there’s the buzz that a manual transmission is not an option (and that doesn’t mean a manual only), instead it will come with a DCT. And that makes sense given what M has been saying about taking the pure M cars up a notch. M believes that the new M3 should be more biased towards track than road. Given that bias, the DCT is the transmission of choice. If you want a manual, you’ll probably have to wait for the M 335i.
The renders that have been showing up are looking more and more believable. But what we have yet to see is whether or not BMW will risk renaming the coupe from M3 to M4. Yes the two door version of the 1er will become the 2, and yes the two door version of the 5er is the 6 (and even the ‘stretching it’ four door coupe 6) but the 3 series is the heart and soul of BMW. It will be interesting to see if they pull the trigger and use the M4 name on the two door (but they have my blessing to call the four door coupe version the M4).