Munich - There has been much speculation about the all-important facts and figures that will define the new-generation BMW M3, but now Evo appears to have the inside scoop on the new super saloon, after having spoken to The M Division’s product planning boss Carsten Pries.
It’s a given that the new M3 will be powered by the same redesigned straight-six turbopetrol found in the recently announced X3 M and X4 M, but it will offer slightly more power in the sedan’s case, the UK publication reports.
Thus, in the standard version you can expect around 356kW, versus the X3 M’s 353kW, while the M3 Competition will be cranked up to 380kW, up from its crossover sibling’s 375kW output. Both will however, have the same 600Nm torque output as the aforementioned M models.
Yet the most radical alteration concerns how that power is put to the road, with numerous sources abroad reporting that the new M3 will go all-wheel-drive.
But it’s not game over for the purists that relish driving joy over all else, with Evo reporting that the M3, unlike its X3 M and X4 M siblings, will offer a rear-wheel-drive ‘drift’ mode just like the latest M5 - and that’s a compromise that seems to be working in the big sedan’s favour.