Lately there’s been a lot of talk about BMW’s latest move to end the M3 line. Yes, it’s been saddening. Yes, it sounded like the wrong move. But no, it isn’t the end of the world because now BMW has released its successor’s concept, the M4… and it looks amazing.
The M4’s debut was much anticipated after BMW announced the last M3 to roll off the assembly line, primarily because we live in a society that can’t wait too long before the next big thing. So what’s BMW offered us with this new model.
BMW has rumored that they will give the M4 an all-new 3.0-liter inline-six engine with twin turbos, which is nice for those who were against their move to the V8 in the last run of M3’s. The new inline-six will have much more torque that arrives at lower rpm’s and is lighter in weight which allows it to have an impressively high redline. So expect it to have some of the same horsepower you saw in the 4.0-liter V8 at 414 hp. Another thing BMW has opted for is a dual-clutch transmission as standard, which will provide for quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy. But that means no manual option. It’s possible that BMW will offer a special M4 model like they’ve done in the past with the M5 and M6 and offer a manual version down the road. Only time will tell.