A new teaser video shows the BMW M3 running the Nürburgring Nordschleife and driving on the roads around the famous track in order to develop the next electronic assistance systems for the performance sedan. The four-door in this clip is still camouflaged, but there are plenty of close-ups to preview some of the design details.
The most intriguing element of style for the new M3 is that it does not share the huge grille entries of the 4 series and the future M4. The camouflage of this sedan hides part of the kidneys, but some pictures reveal their size. The openings extend slightly under the headlights, but the look isn’t as ostentatious as the gargantuan nose of the coupe.
For the first time, the M3 will be available in all-wheel drive. Purists will still be able to get one with power only on the rear axle. According to this video, the AWD system uses a built-in friction coefficient meter that tells electronic systems how much traction is available. From there, he can modify the parameters according to the conditions.
The most recent rumor indicates that the rear-wheel drive M3, which would be known as the Pure, debuts and goes on sale in early 2021. The Pure would also be available with a manual gearbox. The all-wheel drive system joined the range at the end of 2021 and could only receive an automatic transmission.
For power, we know that the M3 and M4 use a variant of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo S58 inline six. This mill produces 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) in the Competition versions of the X3 M and X4 M. It is currently unclear whether the cars would use the same melody as the crossover.
Spy photos also show that BMW gets to work on the M3 CS with even higher performance. There aren’t many official details on this yet, but expect tweaks like more power, less weight, better brakes and stiffer suspension.