Video: How to make the perfect BMW M3

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A new BMW M3 will arrive in 2014, but what should it be like? Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe puts three of its predecessors through their paces …

A new BMW M3 will arrive in 2014, but what should it be like? Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe puts three of its predecessors through their paces at Brands Hatch to find the perfect ingredients.

One by one, the E92 M3, E46 M3 CSL and E30 M3, are being tested by the UK journalist.

The next generation M3 is due out in 2014 and after many years, it drops the V8 engine in favor of an inline-six units. The engine of choice is a newly developed 3.2 liter unit that is rated at 450 horsepower. The new M3 is expected to be slightly faster than the current E90 generation thanks to a lower weight.

Video: How to make the perfect BMW M3

The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission, but we expect to see a manual transmission for U.S. customers.

Tell us in the comments below what your ideal M3 would be.

  • Mateo

    E30 is really amazing, specially Sport Evo

    BUT

    CSL is just great, and i agree- manual gearbox is only thing that’s missing!

    but bmw made it just for track and that’s why they did SMG!

    csl sound – epic, only thing that gets close to it is s85

  • auaq

    What about the E36 ///M3?

  • BobSgt

    I would like a BMW M3d. It will be a long wait and till then I will continue to enjoy my 335d

  • Nhock2

    Please, please, please, Mr. BMW M, bring us a real, normally aspirated, true blue M3 powerplant, not a cheap by product with quadruple turbo’s. The inspiration of the M3 has always been its superb, high revving, normally aspirated M3 engine. Don’t diminish the character of the M3 with anything less than the S54 (if it has to be a six) producing 450HP!!

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