Confimed: New BMW M3 and M4 powered by inline-six engine

BMW M3, Featured Posts | May 22nd, 2012 by 27
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After months of speculations and contradictory reports, the saga of the next generation M3 and M4 engine has come to an end. While attending the …

After months of speculations and contradictory reports, the saga of the next generation M3 and M4 engine has come to an end. While attending the BMW M6 Convertible and 6 Series Gran Coupe press drive event, we learned that the engine of choice for the M3 and M4 is an inline-six unit.

BMW of North America CEO, Ludwigh Willisch, shared with us the news and the confirmation puts an end to the speculations that have taken place over the last year, some of them who we are directly responsible for. Our own team went into a debate on what the final engine choice will be, from an inline-six turbocharged, as we heard from some BMW insiders, to an unique V6 powerplant that will revolutionize the automotive industry.

Confimed: New BMW M3 and M4 powered by inline six engine

As we heard from other sources before, a V6 unit was on the table and tested by M, but for reasons like balance and weight distribution, it never made it to the production car. The inline-six turbo unit is likely to produce around 450 horsepower.

Some of the new features in the next M3 and M4 include an electronically controlled differential as found in the M5.

The engine is expected to be mated to a dual-clutch transmission, but we won’t be surprised if a manual box will be offered for the U.S. customers.

The BMW M3 will debut in 2013, followed a year later by the M4 Coupe.

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  • Statuskill

    Enthusiasts…LOL
    DCT is faster and more efficient than any human on a manual. Fuel economy has been a moot argument for some time now.

    • phrint

      How about the experience provided to the driver with a manual transmission. At this point I don’t think fuel economy should even matter anymore. Driving a stick is fun because of the level of control and input the driver has. It’s not about shift speed it’s about engagement. Those how scoff at manual transmissions have never had the experience.

      • Mateo

        isn’t the point of M car to be fun?????????????????
        in todays world where basic 5 series gets to 60 in 5 seconds and goes to 155 who needs performances??? all real drivers need is handling and joy! if you want performances but amg, they always have lots of power.
        M is for fun…or it used to be

        this m3 engine will be tuned N55???? it sucks

        • bmw SUCKS

          If you want performance then you should choose Audi and not the rubbish bmw. Because even the A6 3.0TFSI beats the shitty 550i on the race track.

          • Mateo

            hey for 50k if you want performance you buy Mustang Shelby GT500 5.8L V8
            we’re talking about enjoying driving, chassis, good manual gearbox
            even i don’t care about ///M any more – too much turbo engines, nothing matches 8000+ rpm :D

          • mckillio

            So if this engine went to 8000+ rpm, you’d care? Why waste the time getting to 8k rpm when you can have the same or more hp and more torque at 6k rpm?

          • cpw2626

            I’ve asked this troll several times and I ask again: why are you even on this site when you hate BMW so much? Too much time between playing with yourself and trimming your ear hair while wishing you had a life?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

        have you driven a DCT ? that is more fun then anything – if you shift it for yourself. Proper downshift/upshift every time with matching revs and all. No reason for the 6spd manual anymore.

        • Kommodore

          I would have the DCT if I were missing my left leg.

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  • auaq

    Alas! Tear drops falling on the keyboard.

    Like I have always said “Straight-sexy and no Vee-sissy engine!”

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  • StraightSix

    Straight Six!

  • Giom

    Told you so… ;)

  • fruneed

    BMW M3 2025: inline 2 cylinder triturbo 507hp

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  • viper

    not bad for l6 engine , 450hp and twin turbo

  • bill

    I’m sorry…BUT FUCK YEAH!! I feel so relieved by that, eagerly waiting for the launch of new m3

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  • wazon

    Finally, the rumor about V6 is dead!

  • sas05

    isnt a lil Unfair for the New M3? last generation had its monster V8 414 Bhp…now the up-coming is an I6 delivering 450 bhp ? it should get more horses under the hood regarding its LOW Torque…it MUST be much LIGHTER than the old one to get a Quicker 0-100 Km/h.

    Hail BMW <3

  • mose121

    Now that this rumor of the V6 has been officially denounced (as most of us knew it would), can we stop calling it the M4 already please. BMW would have to be out of their mind to change the name of an icon like the M3/3 series. There is absolutely no credibility to the M4/4 series name change, so until there is some kind of official confirmation can we go back to calling it the M3 since it more than likely will remain that way. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristian.i.popa Cristian Popa

    nice

  • John

    “a V6 unit was on the table and tested by M, but for reasons like balance and weight distribution, it never made it to the production car.”

    OK, a V-6 is not inherently balanced as well as an I-6 internally — that makes sense. But weight distribution? That’s a crock, unless BMW has decided to pursue Audi as perfection. a V-6 in the I-6 chassis should have BETTER (more rearward) weight distribution, not worse…

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Maybe…it would make sense to stay consistent and name it M4 if there is a 4 Series Coupe. Plus, an M4 vs M3…might justify a higher price also.

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