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 ]