From March 2019, the new BMW 3 Series G20 will lay the foundation for a car that is equally important to the BMW brand – the new BMW M3 G80. The sixth generation of the middle-class athlete from Garching follows in M3’s big footsteps, because in the first five generations of the M3 has not only matured into an icon for BMW fans, but has also managed to set new driving dynamics standards and become the car to beat in the segment.
The base G20 3 Series model promises significantly more agility and a sportier basic setup, which is what the engineers in Garching like to work with. It’s also lighter than the outgoing F30 3er while offering more torsional stiffness.
The design of the new G80 M3 shouldn’t also be a huge surprise for the casual BMW fan. Historically the 3 Series has offered a great starting point, therefore many of the early M3 renderings are close to the final product. Take for example this new render from X-Tomi Design which enhances the G20 design with typical M design cues – from the large air intakes and sculpted front bumper to the M mirrors, wide fenders, large wheels and a trunk spoiler.
Of course, the carbon fiber roof can’t be left behind.
Even more important, however, is undoubtedly what is emerging on the technology front. The new heart of the M3 will be the 3.0 liter six-cylinder inline S58, which will come with different power levels. In the slightly stronger variants, for example, a BMW M3 Competition, could even go past the mark of 500 hp. Room for even more performance is provided by water injection, which was further developed by the M Division.
The question of how the BMW M3 G80 puts its power on the road remains equally exciting. With the all-wheel drive M xDrive, the M engineers have shown that they can now also present an extremely agile four-wheel drive sedan. Nevertheless, it is not excluded that the 2020 BMW M3 will remain faithful to the classic rear-wheel drive with regard to the lowest possible weight.
Tthe waiting time until the market launch of the new BMW M3 G80 can also be bridged with a 3 Series G20. The 374-hp M340i xDrive will be available as early as the summer of 2019.