The next-generation BMW M3 looks set to be revealed at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, according to a new report out of the UK.
Auto Express says BMW has confirmed the new super sports sedan is headed for Germany's premier auto show later this year, complete with a beefier twin-turbo inline six and the added traction of all-wheel drive – purists may not like the sound of the latter.
The publication claims the new model will continue to be offered in two states of tune like the current car, with the 'standard' M3 to make around 480bhp (358kW) while the top-spec Competition variant will develop 510bhp (380kW). Pricing in the UK is anticipated to start at around £65,000 ($121,876.30).
Currently, the most powerful version of the M3 is the CS, which gets a 338kW/600Nm version of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six, 7kW and 50Nm more than the Competition Pack.
Given the M3 CS claims a 3.9-second sprint to 100km/h from a standstill with rear-wheel drive, we'd argue the addition of a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system could shave that right down to the low- to mid-3.0 second mark.
An M xDrive system would also likely have a 'Drift Mode' that switches to full rear-wheel drive like the M5, too.
Other changes over the core 3 Series range should include a bespoke M body kit, larger alloys and brakes, quad-tipped exhaust, a more prominent lip spoiler on the bootlid, and M goodies inside the cabin.
The BMW OS7.0 infotainment and driver information displays should also get M-specific menus and interfaces, while the new model should get additional drive modes for track use.