It’s less power than we thought but the new M cars are going to be considerably lighter than their predecessors.
With the 2014 BMW 4 Series out in the open, thoughts are now turning to the next BMW M3 and M4 - specifically in regards to how much output the cars will put down. We’ve previously reported the upcoming M3/M4 would come with around 450 horsepower but the Bavarian carmaker has today announced the new M cars will feature a newly developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six producing 430 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, while achieving a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of 25 percent.
That’s only a marginal increase in horses from its predecessor but a substantial increase in twisting power that will be available across a wider powerband range. Thanks to weight-saving measures and the deployment of carbon fiber, the new cars will also weigh in at just under 1,500 kg. That, combined with the a more potent powerplant, should make for some speedy century sprint times and tasty hot laps. For the first time, the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 will enjoy a joint reveal at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.