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  • Devil’s Advocate

    The sad thing is that there are also rumours that it is going to be a V6. I seriously hope that doesn’t come true…

  • Tom

    PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE BE A CRAZY TURBO STRAIGHT-SIX!!!!!

    If they use a V6 in the M3 I am going to cry.

    • Sydlocal

      I fully agree. I have yet to experience a V6 that is as smooth or make as good a noise as a straight 6 in full song. People only have to youtube the M3 CSL to hear why.
      Sure, a V6 may have an advantage of more compact packaging, but that is about it.

      • Phil

        Try listening to a Alfa Romeo GTV V6 or VW R32 V6, then go compare it to the flat monotone of a EF Falcon straight 6 or a Toyota Crown straight 6 and tell me which of those particular configurations has a better sound…

  • Rubes

    I read somewhere that the V6 would be a diesel option for the X5M and X6M platform somewhere in the future. With turbocharging of course.

  • David

    I am not worried at all fellas.  All M3′s to date have been special cars and engineering masterpieces.  I am sure BMW M will not let us down this time either!

  • AndyGF

    Im pretty sure the I6 is back too, considering what awesome cars the 1M and 135 are, the new M3 is going to school ‘everyone’ all over again in the art of the super saloon…

  • Declan Collins

    Please keep the I6 – this engine defines a BMW; smooth, powerful and refined.

  • Devil’s Advoacte

    The rumors I have heard is that it will be a 90deg V6 (not the most balanced) that is basically the V8 in the M5 with 2 cyls lopped off it. This means that it will be a compromised design for a V6 (bank angle needs to be 60deg for best primary balance) and therefore has no hope of matching the smoothness/refinement of their I6. Sure it will be a typical “M” car that will display their engineering brilliance, however I believe it will lose some of the “character” that makes “M” cars so special. Just look at what the turbos did to the M5…

BMW M3 Specs

Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
M3
Year
1996
Body Type
2D COUPE
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
3.2L
Cylinders
INLINE 6
Max. Torque
350Nm @  3250rpm
Max. Power
236kW @  7400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
158.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
86.4x91mm
Compression Ratio
11.3
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.23
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
62
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
12L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1490
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1335mm
Length
4433mm
Width
1710mm
Ground Clearance
0mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.5
Front Rim Size
8.5Jx17
Rear Rim Size
8.5Jx17
Wheel Base
2710
Front Track
1422
Rear Track
1438
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning, Power front seats, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
Alloy Wheels
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
Entertainment
Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint, Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof, Sport Seats Adjustable
Entertainment
Compact disc player
Interior
Leather Trim
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
24 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-G-13
Country of Origin
GERMANY