New details about the G80 BMW M3 emerge

BMW M3, News | November 14th, 2017 by 21
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2020 seems like a long ways away at the moment. Despite being only three years away, waiting for the next-gen M3 to debut in 2020 …

2020 seems like a long ways away at the moment. Despite being only three years away, waiting for the next-gen M3 to debut in 2020 seems like a lifetime away. Maybe that’s because the current-gen M3 seems to be aging quicker than normal. Since the F80 BMW M3’s release in 2013, the competition has come a long, long way. All of its competitors seem a lot fresher and more modern, especially the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. However, the upcoming G80 BMW M3, set to debut in 2020, seems like it could pack quite a lot of impressive tech. Enough to put it back into the forefront of the segment.

According to a recent report from Car Magazine, the upcoming G80 M3 will be an impressive machine. In this report, we learn quite a lot about the G80 BMW M3 and there seem to be some radical changes on the way. Not only will there be a few firsts for an M3 but a radical change in scope.

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For starters, the upcoming G80 BMW M3 will be based on BMW’s new lightweight architecture that will feature a combination lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium and even carbon fiber. So this new M3 will be lighter, stiffer and better balanced than the outgoing car. But that’s no where near the end of the additional tech that the new M3 will have. The G80 M3 will be the most highly advanced BMW M3 of all time.

It’s said that the new M3 will use a similar version of the S55 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 engine except one that’s been seriously upgraded. Packed with a mild hybrid system that’s powered by a 48-volt electrical system, it will be far more efficient than ever before. That 48-volt system will also power a few other features, such as at least one electric turbocharger (similar to that of the Audi SQ7) and a water-injection system similar to the BMW M4 GTS. Expect power to be around 500 hp, which would put it right up there with the AMG C63 S and Giulia Quadrifoglio.

That engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic, much like the BMW M5, or a six-speed manual. Also borrowed from the BMW M5 will likely be an xDrive all-wheel drive system with the ability to become rear-wheel drive at the press of a button. This will provide the M3 with the necessary traction to put all of its power to the road and accelerate as quickly as possible. It will also make the M3 much more of an all-weather sports car than before.

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What’s really interesting is that BMW seems to want to change the philosophy of the M3 just a bit. While not a full 180-turnaround in scope, the new BMW M3 will be a bit softer, less spiky than before. Expect a more compliant, more planted ride that’s not only more comfortable but more controllable as well. This is actually welcome news, as the current F80 M3 is almost too stiff for its own good, as it ends up feeling twitchy and nervous over rough pavement. It could actually use a bit softer of a setup. So while being a bit nicer to drive, it will also provide better limit control, especially on rough pavement.

This upcoming G80 BMW M3 should be the fastest, most technologically impressive M3 yet. Will that take away some of the purity and the fun? Maybe, yes. However, it seems as if BMW is letting the M2 take the M3’s place as the pure sports car of the lineup.

[Source: Car Magazine]

21 responses to “New details about the G80 BMW M3 emerge”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    In their article it’s written that the car will have a new S58 block

  2. Long D says:

    Can you guys please stop saying how it’ll be the most technologically impressive m3 to date? That’s just really not necessary

  3. bmw driver says:

    So if we’re going to get a soft, bloated (assuming this article isn’t pure nonsense), AWD, hybrid M3, can we at least get it in a wagon body? If they do all the stuff in this article to totally destroy the M3’s character, not offering customers like me a wagon is just a pointless insult.

    Rather than do this, why not design a S designation turbo 4cyl that revs to 9000 rpm with boost coming in high in the RPM range, then use the hybrid system to torque fill and as a switchable AWD system. That would be a perfect synergy between excitement, power and handling. Straight 6 engines are heavy, switching to a 4 will take +-100kg out of the nose of the car straight away, which you can then use for hybrid system and AWD.

  4. Giom says:

    These artists should really look at the test mules for some accuracy. This image doesn’t even come close to the test cars.

  5. 2sfhim says:

    Suddenly AWD is needed for a 500hp car but previous M5s didn’t need it with more power. Moreover, the new M3 won’t be lighter than the previous one if AWD is added. Porsche will be the real winner in the end with true sports cars, manual gearboxes and RWD.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      I’m pretty sure that because the M3 is so much lighter and has a shorter wheelbase its limit is lower than the M5’s. Saying that the M3 can handle up to 100nm less seems about fair imo since the base M3 with 550nm seems to have as much if not more trouble than the 680nm F10

    • Matt Stokes says:

      F90 M5 is lighter than the F10 despite its AWD.

  6. Steve Tsutsumi says:

    Baby 5!

  7. Jonh Smith says:

    m3 need to be rwd if not the new king is the guilia because is the only rwd in the segment

  8. Thom Moore says:

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a full electric 3/4 series by, like, now?

  9. Thaal Rasha says:

    Thank god auto bild’s render are always so far of the mark and very ugly

  10. Tracy Barber says:

    Let’s go to town with this one and naysayers run like the wind 50 mph but during a big storm.

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