The impending launch of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 will mark the brand’s new direction for their high-performance sports cars. The previous generation of M3 Coupe has seen a production of over 40,000 units. Now, it will be succeeded by the M4 Coupe while retaining the M3 badge for the sedan models.
The new M3 and M4 will get a smaller engine that will rival their predecessors’ V8 engine. The new models will have the new turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 436 PS and 500 Nm, recording a 30% improvement. The engine uses the BMW TwinPower turbo technology that maximizes torque over a high rpm range. As for emissions, the engine puts up a 25% improvement compared to the previous models, and is EU6-compliant.
The cars will come in with a standard 6-speed manual transmission which is 12 kg lighter than the former transmission. However, there will be an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with DriveLogic. This double clutch transmission allows quick gear changes without power disruption. It also uses an integrated Launch Control that optimizes the vehicle’s acceleration.
Moreover, BMW uses a lightweight design concept that will keep the cars under 1,500 kg to provide outstanding driving dynamics and efficiency. Its design allows the models to function both as a performance sports car and a daily driver.
Their launch will be the first time the coupe and sedan models will be introduced side by side. Watch out for their debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.