Speculative report: Next generation BMW M3 Sedan to be canceled

Rumors | March 24th, 2010 by 19
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An interesting, disturbing and highly speculative article from Automobile Magazine revolves around BMW’s plans to cancel the next generation BMW M3 Sedan. The new F30 …

Speculative report: Next generation BMW M3 Sedan to be canceled

An interesting, disturbing and highly speculative article from Automobile Magazine revolves around BMW’s plans to cancel the next generation BMW M3 Sedan. The new F30 3 Series is due out in 2012, with the M3 model showing up an year later.

Same report by the aforementioned magazine states that the new 3er will be built on BMW’s new MSB architecture, which means it will share its strut front end layout with the next-gen 1-series (codenamed F20) rather than use the double wishbones of the 5, 6, and 7-series cars.

As we announced before also, the new 3 Series family will add one more member: BMW 3 Series GT, a hatchback/Gran Turismo vehicle.

But here is where things get interesting and speculative in our opinion. The next-generation M3 will only come in coupe and convertible versions. In both cases, the 420-hp V-8 will be replaced by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six good for around 450 hp. All sounds fair up to hair, sans the M3 Sedan omission.

Now, let’s see where to begin…..Ever since its introduction, the BMW M3 Sedan has been seen as one of the best BMW M models built to date, a combination of sportiness, luxury, cornering, handling and thrills. Even BMW racing instructors seem to favor the four-door version of the M3 since according to them, it offers a better balance and weight distribution across the car.

In other words, THE BMW M3 you want to own if some light track racing is involved…and yes, it is still the perfect car even for those that use it as a daily commuter.

On the financial side, according to our sources, the M3 Sedan has been a huge hit, a car that sold mostly because of its M3 brand name, but also due to the versatility it offers.

So while Automobile Magazine doesn’t get into the specifics, we are going to take this with a big grain of salt and hope that such thing will never happen.

[Source: Automobile Mag ]

  • Giom

    Noted. But not taken seriously at all… until a formal anouncement from BMW is made, I won’t buy this!

  • Auday

    that would be bad, but a 6cyl turbo is bad enough to start with. I guess after the Turbo and the FWD speculations, the only tradition left to break for BMW cars is using v6 instead of I6, and it seems to be a much easier barrier to break considering that the V arrangement is shorter and lighter, hope they dont.

    Back to the sedan, I’m personally a coupe guy and never owned a sedan of any brand, but I think the M3 Sedan is one of the most beautiful sedans ever made and its performance is epic, so why would BMW cut it? it doesn’t make sense, unless if they are trying to cut more corners of the M div in favor of projects like the 3GT.

    • Giom

      I could agree with you, but, like the article said, the M3 sedan is making them a lot of money. There is no reason to cut it.

      To me, it seems as if BMW is testing the water all over the spectrum… what else could all this madness be about?

  • Laszlo

    for 7 years there was no BMW M3 sedan. The E46 never existed in sedan form. So whats the big deal ? The E30 was not a 4 door sedan, rather a 2 door sedan. Only the E36 and the current E90 series has sedans.
    In Europe the M5 exist in wagon form since the E34 version and we never got it here in the US. Different markets demand different models.
    I would think that a sedan M3 makes money in the US and less so in Europe but I can not even speculate on that. Either way I like the sedan since my 2 kids can ride with me yet I can take the car to a driving school and be a hot shoe in it.
    As power and performance evolves, the next generation 3 series 335iS or whatever they call it will have enough power to amuse us without the M badge.
    But still…

    • bunker

      beat me to it, Laszlo. this is exactly what I was about to point out.

  • Daniel H.

    As long the coupe can have a 5 seat configuration like the E46, im fine

  • X5SoB

    The only reason I can think of to not make an M3 sedan is if they make a M3GT…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588340695 Ted Spahr

    I actually am looking at the silver lining in this. Personally I would never buy a sedan anyway, as I am a coupe guy as well. But here’s the silver lining part.

    Next gen M3 to share a better a sportier suspension set up with the next gen 1er… I like the sound of that.

    Going back to the I6, yes, it’s turbo, but 450 hp STOCK… That’s quite amazing.

    And the most promising thing (which is just in my head most likely, but oh well.)
    The chassis code… F30…

    You think BMW choose that for a reason? Ya, I think so too lol.

  • jocamryn

    The more the 3er line gets blurred with the 1er, the more status is chipped away. Quite sad if you ask me. I won;’t touch another 3er after I trade this one in,

  • rolren

    I never liked an M3 to be sedan so that’s a good decision in my opinion.

  • adc

    If I could choose, I’d always opt for an M3 sedan or even Touring.

    I bought the current sedan is $3k cheaper and only 22lbs heavier – what’s not to like?

    Please don’t ruin it, BMW…

  • http://www.dfwcharityracing.com/forums The Lee

    I’ve never cared for the idea of an M3 sedan, and I’m an inline-6 fanboy. So good news on both accounts if this turns out to be truth.

    I still prefer my S-code engines to be high-revving and naturally aspirated, but we’ll see what they come up with.

  • Doug

    They must be considering distinguishing the coupes as a more exclusive model, like audi did with the A5/S5… not unlike the 6 series being essentially a coupe version of the 5.

    Still… I’d rather have the choice of an M3 sedan. After all, doesn’t Audi make an S4 in station wagon form? Someone wants that.

  • Addison

    it seems to me that in all the tradition breaking, they are creating another, by skipping on a sedan version with this next gen m3, E30- Coupe only, E36- Coupe and Sedan M3′s, E46- Coupe only, E90/92′s- Coupe and Sedan, and now with the new one, going Coupe only? would make sense to me. I just hope the car is as aggressive and sexy looking as the e30, and e46 versions

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  • Jeff

    Why build an M3 sedan, if you want to tote the kids around buy a minivan. There is absolutely no justification for building the M3 as a sedan. It’s an insult to such a fine performance machine. Last time I checked, Porsche didn’t sell a sedan unless you opted for their SUV and I don’t believe Ferrari offers a 4 door model either. (Former E46 owner)

    • Anonymous

      Porsche doesn’t sell a Sedan? What planet do you live on Jeff? There is a perfect reason to build the M3 Sedan, it’s a performance car that you can by without your wife spazzing out. Good Price, High Performance & a great brand that you can be proud of.

    • Anonymous

      Porsche doesn’t sell a Sedan? What planet do you live on Jeff? There is a perfect reason to build the M3 Sedan, it’s a performance car that you can by without your wife spazzing out. Good Price, High Performance & a great brand that you can be proud of.

  • Dan

    Why not? As has been pointed out the M3 sedans have been a huge success in the US. Arguing that four doors somehow disqualifies it as a sports car or insults the M brand implies that the M5 is also some kind embarrassment to the division. Personally I’d have to disagree, and there’s plenty of room for both models.

    Btw, Porsche has been selling a sedan for some time now, and the Panamera has held up VERY well against “true” sports coupes in track tests. Ferrari doesn’t, but Lamborgini has even announced a super-sedan in the form of the Estoque. Four doors no longer spoils the “purity” of the sports car IMO….

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