Get ready for a new M3 and M4, both slated to debut before the end of the year.
BMW had a banner year in 2019. The German automaker overtook rival Mercedes-Benz for the crown in US luxury car sales for the first time in three years, and the company's performance-oriented M division outsold Mercedes's AMG globally. All this with an aging M4 that's seen its demand slip in recent months, and no M3 on offer.
The next couple of years could get even better for BMW's performance division, as BMW Blog reports the German car manufacturer has confirmed new versions of the M3 and M4 on the way later this year. Production is expected to kick off this November, with deliveries starting in the spring of next year.
The new G80 BMW M3 will be based on the new G20-generation 3-Series, with the G82 M4 using the forthcoming G22 4-Series as its foundation. The latter was shown as the "Concept 4" at last year's Frankfurt Auto Show - a concept that was 85 percent representative of the eventual production car, according to BMW. Both cars are expected to draw on the turbocharged S58 3.0L inline-six for motivation.
In fact, M division chief Markus Flasch confirmed the engine's use in the M3 last year, saying the mill would deliver 480 horsepower in standard "M" form and 510 horsepower in the M Competition.
BMW's forthcoming M cars are also expected to be substantially lighter than their predecessors, and both RWD and AWD drivetrains will be available, although only the former will offer a manual transmission.
The BMW M3 and M4 are quintessential nameplates for the performance division, although it could be argued that their influence on overall brand sales is waning. BMW's M division managed to outsell AMG without new versions of either model, and with the recent debuts of numerous M-branded crossovers - high-performance versions of the X3, X4, X5, and X6 - the new M3 and M4 may well find themselves being outshined in the showroom.
Still, it will be great to have them back.