2021 BMW M3 May Be Sold In Three Variations With Up To 500 HP

A new BMW M3 is on the way and according to reports, will hit the market as a 2021 model. It could also be sold in a plethora variations.

According to BMW Blog, the German automaker will initially sell the 2021 M3 in three forms: Pure, Base, and Competition. The ‘Pure’ will be the lightened version of the three and feature the least amount of power, potentially around 444 hp from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder. The ‘Base’ model will then sit in the middle of the range with 475 hp. Topping out the 2021 BMW M3 family will be the 500 hp Competition.

To put these figures into perspective, the last M3 pumped out 425 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque.

In order to cater towards as many customers as possible, a host of drivetrain configurations will be available. While it remains to be confirmed, it is possible the M3 Pure will arrive with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission while both the Base and Competition models will use BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmissions. Common among all three will be an M differential and adaptive suspension.

The range-topping BMW M3 Competition could also arrive with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. BMW engineers will also allegedly be able to save roughly 65 kg (143.3 lbs) of weight from each of the M3 versions.

In terms of styling, we can expect to see the typical array of M features found through the existing high-performance family. This means they’ll be modified front and rear bumpers, lightweight and aggressive wheels, unique interior configurations, and colored brake calipers.

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  • SteersUright

    The weight reduction is the most impressive bit of news. Would like to see even more weight come off the coupe, and perhaps a wheelbase reduction. The current M4 has gotten far too big to be the playful road going race car it once was. Lastly, I hope BMW focuses much more on getting a far better and unmuffled engine sound out of their new M engine. All in all, the introduction of any new M car is usually exciting. Can’t wait to see where they will take the new M2, the only true M car, in my opinion. It needs a major overhaul in design. While capable, the current one is nowhere near a looker like the M4.

  • Mr. EP9

    M3 Competition would probably be the model that take back its crown from Alfa Romeo. We’ll see.


    similar concept to C63 AMG

    • chuck2

      it will handle circles around the AMG..

  • It would be nice if its a tad wider than the M3/M4 they will replace…

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