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2014 BMW M3

Published July 20, 2012

For five generations the BMW 3 series has been satisfying its fan base and things are about to get a whole lot more interesting. The BMW M3 coupe will be introduced as a derivative of the series featuring a high performance engine and chassis. It was an important move by BMW because people were definitely questioning their future when they were introducing things like three cylinder engines and the ‘i’ series of electric plug in cars. It seemed as if BMW was losing the plot. The 2013 BMW should quell those fears completely. It’s mean, its fast and as pure a two door coupe sport car as any car in its class.

The M3 is based on the current F30-3 Series. Which means it is a rear-wheel-drive platform with the engine mounted as far back as it can go. Unlike the F30 the M3 coupe will not be available in all-wheel drive, although BMW is considering it for the future. The 2013 BMW M3 will sit a little wider on the road. It will be featured with performance wheels and tires along with carbon-fiber components on the body and chassis. It’s likely there will be a carbon-fiber roof-panel, without a sunroof option. And its also likely the new M3 will weight less than the 3550 lbs of the current M3. The fenders are more flared and of course it has the M trademark quad exhaust tips.

The BMW M3 coupe will be renewed, dropping the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V-8. Instead BMW has opted for an inline-six, in the 3.0 liter range featuring forced twin turbochargers producing around 450 hp. It will be optional for the driver to deliver that power to the rear wheels by means of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. BMW suggests the M3 top speed will be electronically pinched off at 155 mph but it is possible there will be an option to change that speed ceiling to 174mph.

Considering it competitors will be cars such as the Audi RS5, the Cadillac ATS-V, Lexus’ IS-F and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe, they are definitely going to having something to make them sweat on the track with the 2013 BMW M3. If there’s one thing we can count on from BMW, this will be a performance car to rival any car in its class.

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