2020 BMW M3 Will Reportedly Have Around 493 HP

The BMW M3 holds a special place in the hearts of driving enthusiasts and new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model.

According to Car Magazine, the 2020 M3 will be equipped with a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine known as the S58B30. The engine will reportedly be equipped with the water-injection system from the M4 GTS and have an output that is virtually identical to the aforementioned car. If the report is correct, the M3 will have around 493 hp (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque.

Besides being significantly more powerful than the current model, the next M3 is expected to be more eco-friendly as it will reportedly adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbochargers. The car is also tipped to have a more aggressive engine start/stop system that cuts in earlier.

Like the 2018 M5, the next-generation M3 is expected to be offered with all-wheel drive. While the system is standard equipment on the M5, the report suggests it will be optional on the M3. The system will likely work in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission but there are rumors the six-speed manual could survive but only in rear-wheel drive variants.

Aside from the upgraded powertrain, the next-generation M3 is expected to be lighter as it will reportedly use more aluminum and composites. Engineers are also said to be targeting a 50:50 weight distribution and improved torsional rigidity.

On the handling front, we can expect an assortment of high-tech goodies including adaptive dampers, a locking differential, and a brake-by-wire system. However, the report claims the next M3 “won’t be as sharp-edged, harsh-riding, or aggressive as the current car.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the model is expected to become less nervous and “better balanced overall.”

Besides talking the about the M3, the report says we can expect the 3-Series sedan to arrive next year and it will be followed by a wagon variant in 2019. The 4-Series Coupe and Convertible are slated for 2020 and the latter model, as well as its M4 variant, could eschew the retractable hardtop for a lighter fabric roof. Perhaps the most interesting detail is a note that claims the next-generation 4-Series Gran Coupe will be transformed into an electric vehicle and it won’t receive the M treatment.

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  • Six_Tymes

    interesting, i like the lighter weight idea also. but why wait until 2020? why not roll this new version out for 2019?

    • Moveon Libtards

      They are behind the competition now. Kind of like the iPhone…

    • Vassilis

      Because some current and upcoming owners will be pissed 😀

  • Dennis James

    Looks like the dream sports car, at least to me. The 500hp Giulia Quadrifoglio really woke BMW up 🙂 Finally something to upgrade to before going all-electric in a few years. Imagine putting a methanol mix in the water injection tank, and upping the power via a remap to like 600hp with the optional AWD system to help traction, and all of this with the 48V system eliminating any turbo lag. Drooling already ! 🙂

    • Moveon Libtards

      Cadillac beat BMW M-series first with its V models. Maybe everyone will beat BMW soon. Hyundai?

  • LWOAP

    But will it be the ultimate driving machine?

  • Shahul Usman

    still slower than a C63..let alone a c63S or upcoming C63R

    • Jay

      How is it “slower”? less Horespower maybe.. but BMW consistently has the fastest times to lowest HP stated. Their newer v6 turbos get their cars to 60 in 4.6 seconds, their inline 4s do a flat 6 or under.

      • Shahul Usman

        https://www.caranddriver.com/features/lightning-lap-20062017-historical-data-every-lap-time-every-car-feature

        I mean at a track… C63S is #64 vs the M4 at #69… local US track with same people driving.. real world.. Im not a 0-60 person.. but they are both about 3.9-4 seconds 0-60 if thats your thing…which is cool..everyone has their preferred stat

        • Bob

          How did you arrive at the conclusion that the new M3 is slower than a C63 based on the current M4 being slower than a C63S on the Grand West Course? You need to explain this to us.

          • Shahul Usman

            I mean the new M3/4 will be slower than the new C63… looks at what AMG is doing with the E63 and the GT models etc… I think BMW is falling behind, IMO.. I loved the E30/36/46/90… but not so much the F series M cars… had to reply since Bob says I NEED to explain to him lol… love the internet

          • Bob

            I’m not a fan of this newfangled BMW either. That’s an opinion.

            It’s presumptuous to assume that the new M3 will be slower than a new C63 based on one comparison between a current M4 and a C63S. That’s a fact.

          • Shahul Usman

            for me its the most relevent comparo…VIR is a local track to me (I was just there last week on the grand west)…so things like nurburgring times and 0-60’s offer less value. I think the trajectory of M division vs AMG is going in the wrong direction for BMW. I’d waiting for the new M5 vs E63 comparo’s.

          • Bob

            Well, I’ve taken a liking to you so it’s fine.

            I used to ADORE BMW. I’d have considered donating a kidney if I’d heard that they needed one. Nowadays, I secretly wish Alfa Romeo does a job of taking up the position that BMW has given up in trying to be all things to all people. Maybe that’ll wake them up.

            The fact that I’d sooner buy an AMG than most M-cars nowadays says a lot.

          • Shahul Usman

            anyone into cars is ok in my book lol. Passionate bunch. I do love the Guila Quadrifolio.. with that 4 leaf good luck charm and almost ferrari engine.. and Im one of the weirdo’s that like column mounted paddles (if I cannot get a 3 pedal manual)..that the alfa has and no german company does (yet every italian company does)… My only concern is the Alfa’s reliability. I also wish quadrifolio was AWD for snow times in the northeast.. Im actually doing a C43 “amg” for bad weather and my vette does track duty (17 grand sport)… next m3/4 may be awd though… lets see and argue then 😉

          • Bob

            *debate sir. We are not savages as to argue. 😉

          • Shahul Usman

            haha, ok now I really like you lol

  • eb110americana

    Inline turbo 6, 500 hp, AWD. Tomorrow’s sport sedans are sounding more-and-more like 4-door GT-Rs. I’m a little suspect of the lower weight claim though. The current M3 is one of the lightest in its class at 3,540 lbs through the use of carbon fiber body panels. Adding a 48v electrical system (read: battery) and AWD will almost certainly send that number up rather than down–and it would seem they are running out of places from which to remove weight that will counter the gain. Oh, and the spy shots appear to be a hybrid model of some sort, rather than anything M-related (I do realize that these may be the only spy shots currently available).

  • SteersUright

    Because that’s what it needed, more power…

  • Mark S

    BMW needs to take a step forward with the design of the 3 series. I am not saying get all freaky, but it is time for a real classy stretch with mechanicals and dynamics that bring it back to the ultimate driving machine. Camo or not this does not look to be it.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Well, when you are getting beat by Cadillacs and Alfa Romeos you better do something and fast.

    M series has turned into an overpriced joke for a “sports car.” “But wait, we will fix it several years from now…” says BMW. And the competition will have several years to improve and beat them again.

  • GobbleUp

    Sounds like another disappointment M series like this gen.

    Lost their way.

    Looks bad, sounds anemic, poor handling until the comp pkg and they fixed the car.

    Sad.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    And the C63 S and Giulia QV will pr have at least 550. Big whoop.

    Can it handle?

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