G80 BMW M3 “Pure” will be rear-wheel drive model with three pedals

BMW M3, News | January 18th, 2019 by 26
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A while back, we broke some news from one of our sources inside BMW that claimed the next-generation of BMW M3 (G80) will have two …

A while back, we broke some news from one of our sources inside BMW that claimed the next-generation of BMW M3 (G80) will have two flavors: rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The former will come with a six-speed manual option and the latter will be automatic only. We’re now hearing a report that the rear-driven model will be called “Pure”, according to Car Magazine.

BMW offers some Pure variants of the current BMW M3 in other markets, such as Australia. However, this seems like it will be the first time BMW offers Pure variants of the M3 worldwide. It will also mark the first time that the standard M3 is available in two different variants (Competition Packages are a bit different).

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We already knew that the upcoming rear-drive BMW M3, “sDrive” if you will, will have less power than the all-wheel drive model. That’s because its manual gearbox can’t handle the same amount of torque as the ZF eight-speed automatic can and, according to BMW, beefing up the manual will only make its shift quality worse.

According to Car Mag, the BMW M3 Pure will even look a bit different. It will get a unique front fascia, unique wheels and some unique interior bits. Though, this isn’t to make it a budget model, rather to make it seem like a more special model. The M3 Pure will be visually distinguished from its all-wheel drive sibling to show that it’s the special version, the one for enthusiasts that want, well, purity. Rather than just pure speed, M3 Pure customers want the triple-distilled essence of BMW M. Though, it will likely still be cheaper, with some cheaper bits inside.

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This is honestly the best way BMW could go about making the next M3. As the need for more power increases, with most of BMW’s competition in the segment pushing 500 hp, all-wheel drive is needed. But raw power is not what BMW M has always been about, instead focusing more on handling and dynamics. So BMW making two models, one for performance bragging rights and one for purists, BMW allows customers to have their cake and eat it, too. Sounds good to us.

26 responses to “G80 BMW M3 “Pure” will be rear-wheel drive model with three pedals”

  1. mod9 says:

    Who came up with that cross-breed of an M3 rendering? The first picture, that is.

    The front is ugly!

    F30 mixed with G20.
    Bad idea.

  2. Julien says:

    one 6MT RWD entry level “Pure” non-competition Civic M3 pleeeeaaase !

  3. Senne says:

    If they do this, that would absolutely be FANTASTIC!! Very smart move! Looking forward to the reviews and to see it destroy the competition (AMG C63S).

    I can’t not say it: THIS RENDERING IS AWFUL. I mean come on. EVERY M Car has FOUR tailpipes. Not 2. Four. And no M mirrors for an M3??

  4. tom299 says:

    Have fun spinning your tires going nowhere fast.

  5. CMM says:

    Very good news!! Some us still want to have fun while driving.

  6. Anon says:

    More options always a good thing.

    Shame about all the 3 pedal purists that will getting smoked by trophy wives with automatics though.

  7. pacho kardana says:

    I hope this time they will make a wagon M3 xDrive.

  8. expat says:

    ….we can´t improve M/T because it would make its shift quality worse….excuses….excuses….maybe BMW should hire some experts from Honda or Mazda….

    • Anon says:

      To be fair neither of those companies have production manual transmission cars with nearly as much HP and torque (especially because most of the torque is generated at low RPM)

      Also it’s the corporate way of saying “we don’t want to spend money developing manual transmissions anymore.”

      Expect this may be the last generation of M3 with a manual transmission.

      • Andrewthecarguy says:

        Agreed. It all boils down to profitability. No car company cares about enthusiasts anymore, it is all about the money.
        I have proposed BMW make an enthusiast line that is non-M. tii or ts or LTS perhaps, but one car in each line-up that is sparsely equipped, light weight, rwd and manual transmission…naturally aspirated inline six only (maybe 1 V8 tho)

        Imagine instead of the 320i, 3/4/5LtS (Leichter sport) for ~$45k to $60k US. I think it will sell VERY well.

        Another idea is to stand up BMW Heritage. A limited line of factory re-done cult-followed cars. A factory run of say 5000 E28 535is would have zero problems finding a home.

      • upsidedownfunnel says:

        Tremec has an excellent manual transmission that can take wayy more torque.

  9. Dailybimmer says:

    480 lb/ ft 650 Nm,
    460 PS, (s drive), 480 PS (M xdrive)
    about 50-65 kg /143 pound less weight, etc, sounds really, really cool.

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