When BMW updates its 3 and 4 series models, we know what’s coming next: high-performance M cars. And this formula does not change yet. Our spy photographers captured the pair – the M3 sedan and the M4 coupe – being tested at the Nurburgring ahead of their scheduled reveal in September. This means we are seeing more of the two models than ever before, even though they continue to wear camouflage wraps.
Camouflage can’t hide everything, however, and we can see the M3 encasing the M4’s controversial grille design. Both share the massive grille, flanked by slim headlights, and both will feature reworked front fascias. Expect a sportier style for both, which will help improve performance, with the usual tweaks in the interior, like the M brand. But the design is only part of the appeal of the pair. The video above takes viewers for a ride in the M4 with the BMW M Development Manager explaining the two new M models.
That’s what’s under the hood that makes the M3 and M4 special, and it looks like we’ll have two versions of it. Dubbed the M3 Pure and M4 Pure, both will serve as entry-level trim, offering reduced horsepower, a rear-wheel drive layout and a manual gearbox. The Pure models are expected to produce 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) from the S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Non-Pure models receive the same engine, although it develops 480 hp (357 kW). The 480-horsepower M3 and M4 also benefit from the company’s eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive system.
BMW has already started teasing both models, and we know the reveal is slated for September. The M4 convertible could be there too, although previous rumors suggested a 2021 reveal. Either way, the M3 Pure and M4 Pure models are expected to arrive in dealerships first – in early 2021 – with the full-powered models. at the end of next year. Then we can look for the M3 and M4 Competition models, which could deliver up to 510 hp (380 kW) and 480 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque.