BMW has revealed the full technical details for its new M3 and M4 vehicles.
Both models will be equipped with the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine, which BMW claims will produce around 424bhp and have a torque figure which “soars far beyond 500Nm (369lb-ft)”. The torque figure represents a 30% improvement over the current BMW 3 Series (M3 version).
Potentially the most exciting news is that the engine in both cars will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Alternatively, as a cost option, a seven-speed double-clutch transmission will be available.
Moreover, both vehicles will weigh less than 1,500kg, thanks to the use of carbon-fibre and aluminium in their construction. Consequently, the German manufacturer has stated that the M3 will be up to 25% more economical than its predecessor in terms of fuel consumption.
Disappointingly, no performance figures have been released for either car, but you can pretty much take it as a given that there will be a quite significant improvement over the car’s current 0 – 62mph time of 4.6 seconds.
The high-performance M3 is currently priced at £54,980, so expect to pay a little more than this for the new model.
In contrast, the standard BMW 3 Series saloon is available starting from £23,185 with range-topping models costing in excess of £43,000. Subsequently, leasing often proves a more financially viable option in today’s economic climate.