They're still coming, but...
Just last week, leaked photos taken from BMW's production plant seemingly showed pre-production versions of the new M3 and 4 Series Coupe. In the case of the 4 Series, the leaked confirmed it will inherit the Concept 4's controversial styling incorporating giant kidney grilles.
BMW has now confirmed the leaks are legitimate and that the M3 is ready for production, but before you get too excited BMW M president Markus Flasch shared some bad news with Australia's Motoring. "The [M3] pictures didn't leak on purpose," said Flasch. "I mean, the car's ready. It's a pre-production car that leaked."
Reports last year claimed the new M3 and M4 won't enter production until the middle of next year and go on sale for the 2021 model year, but Flasch has confirmed we'll have to wait even longer. According to the BMW M boss, the next-generation M3 and M4 won't go into production until late 2020 and launch in early 2021, so we still have over a year to wait.
It's not all bad news, however. Flasch also confirmed reports that both the M3 and M4 will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and will offer both manual and automatic transmissions to keep enthusiasts happy.
"We haven't officially confirmed it, but I can tell you we are very likely to offer rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, manual and automatic for both models," Flasch said.
Under the hood, the new M3 and M4 will use the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six as the X3 M and X4 M. This powerplant will reportedly send 473 hp exclusively to the rear wheels in the base versions, while the range-topping Competition version is expected to increase the output to 503 hp and feature an all-wheel-drive system. The manual transmission will reportedly be offered in the base models, while the more powerful Competition versions will get an automatic transmission.