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.