Munich - With BMW’s latest F90-generation M5 having made the popular migration to all-wheel-drive, albeit with a drift-friendly RWD mode, many have assumed that the new-generation M3 will follow suit.
Those of the purist persuasion can breathe a little easier now, at least if the latest reports emanating from Germany turn out to be true.
A trusted source claiming to be close to BMW recently told BMW Blog that the G20 M3 will be offered in two distinct variants - a rear-driven sDrive and an all-wheel-drive xDrive. It is not known whether the latter will offer a RWD mode, or simply leave all the hooliganism to the sDrive version.
But that’s not the only concession being made to purists.
That same source also told BMW Blog that the new M3 would continue to be offered with a manual gearbox option, although this will only be available in the RWD model. The M3 xDrive will come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.