New G80 BMW M3 to offer three performance levels

BMW M3 | January 29th, 2019 by 12
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In 2020, BMW plans to introduce a new generation BMW M3 and M4. Built under the codename G80/G82, the new high-performance sedan and coupe will …

In 2020, BMW plans to introduce a new generation BMW M3 and M4. Built under the codename G80/G82, the new high-performance sedan and coupe will sit atop the recently unveiled M340i which already shows an impressive gain in performance compared to the previous generation 3 Series.

Back in November 2018, we ran a couple of exclusive stories (1 and 2) on the new M3 bringing to light some previously unknown details. According to our sources at the time, the next-generation BMW M3 will be both rear-wheel drive and M xDrive all-wheel drive. Essentially, there are two different drivetrain options: one sDrive and one xDrive.

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More good news for the purists, the BMW M3 sDrive will be available with either a manual gearbox or an automatic. The M3 xDrive won’t come with a manual and will be automatic only, which is something we suspected, but if you spec your M3 with just two driven wheels, you can get three pedals.

New details come to life this week, though. As we reported before as well, the new S58 engine will come with different power outputs. The entry-level G80 M3 with sDrive and manual is referenced internally at BMW M as the “Pure” model and will deliver around 445 horsepower.

Next is the “regular” M3 with an M xDrive system and a power output of 475 horsepower. The top of the chain M3 model – initially at launch time – will be the G80 M3 Competition with a performance level rated at 500 hp.

Pure and base will have 18 inch front and 19 inch rear wheels while the G80 M3 Competition will have 19 inch and 20 inch as standard. Standard equipment for all models will include an M Differential, Adaptive Suspension, M Seats and Live dashboard.

We expect to see a concept version of the M3/M4 later this year, followed by a Summer 2020 launch.

[Also reported here by a source]
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