2014 BMW M3 / M4 (F80/82) inline-6 turbo engine confirmed

2014 BMW M3 (F80) artist rendering
2014 BMW M3 (F80) artist rendering / Wildspeed

The rumormill has been running in overdrive the past few months regarding the powertrain that will be employed in the next generation BMW M3 (F80) and M4 (F82), but now it appears the mystery has been finally been confirmed.

According to the President of BMW North America, Mr. Ludwig Willisch, who confirmed to BimmerPost.com the news at a recent event, the next generation BMW M3 and M4 will indeed incorporate an inline six-cylinder engine unit and not a V-configuration as previously reported.

BimmerPost reports that, "Mr. Willisch said a V6 configuration was previously considered (including whether a motor based on the current M3's S65 engine minus two cylinders was appropriate), but ultimately ruled out."

The new unit will replace the 4.0-liter V8 that resides in the outgoing model. It has been suggested that it will have a displacement of around 3.0-liters and will feature twin-turbo or tri-turbo technology producing a final output of around 450 PS (331 kW / 444 bhp).

The new generation also sees the introduction of the M4 Coupe and convertible which are essentially re-badged versions of the M3 bodystyles. It is part of BMW's new naming strategy that will also see the introduction of the 2-series and M2.

Word on the street suggests the new BMW M3 will be unveiled either late 2013 or early 2014.


Source: f30post.com

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RuleZ RuleZ
I knew it. The spy vid' sounded harsher than a V-shape 6 cyl'. LOVE BM's ALLL THE WAY! I will miss the V8 though! (And the V10 in the bigger sister)
May 30th, 2012 11:35pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
So the BMW M3 is the F80 and the BMW M4 is the F82. So which is which now, I'm pretty confused...wikipedia here I come....anyway...I'm really happy the I6 is making a comeback...Not that I dont like the V8...BMW M3 went from I6 to V8 and back to I6, It makes you wonder though what would a BMW Flat 6 or Flat 8 would sound like?
May 23rd, 2012 4:11am
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Thank god for BMW sticking with Straight 6 engine, hope this one sings beautifully into the night
May 22nd, 2012 10:00pm
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a tri-turbo technology will give this car huge amount of torque
May 22nd, 2012 9:43pm
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adz911 adz911
Glad to see the I6 back in the M3. Not so keen on the turbos mind you, but that seems to be the way, politically speaking. The V8 was a cracking engine as well and will be sad to see it go. Much happier with the 6.
May 22nd, 2012 8:21pm
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wbizarre wbizarre
Yes, yes, yes, awesome news! I6 all the way.
May 22nd, 2012 7:26pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Straight-6 power all the way. Much lighter engine, and with more power. It will really balance the car well, weight-wise. But then again, the outgoing M3 is one of the best handling cars on the planet. So one can only imagine what this will be like to drive.
May 22nd, 2012 5:12pm
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fgb8387 fgb8387
the V8 on outgoing M3 is lighter than the old I6..
May 22nd, 2012 11:16pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Possible, but I find that hard to believe. I'd like some proof if you have it. Nevertheless, the new straight 6 will most likely be lighter than the outgoing V8.
May 23rd, 2012 10:10am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Possible, but I find that hard to believe. I'd like some proof if you have it. Nevertheless, the new straight 6 will most likely be lighter than the outgoing V8.
May 23rd, 2012 10:09am
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fgb8387 fgb8387
http://www.kenrockwell.com/bmw/m3/2007/engine.htm 15 kg lighter.. i'm betting on a v6 3 or 3.3 liters tri turbo.. but got to love the bmw i6!
Jun 1st, 2012 10:33pm
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Ratt Ratt
Yes good news, straight 6 engines are always been a heart of BMWs, can't wait to see it and hear it, it's gonna be hard to top the brilliant E92 M3, but they're promising new M3 to be lighter and faster, no doubts it's gonna be killer.
May 22nd, 2012 4:49pm
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henaz henaz
I thought we already knew this. Anyway, I'm glad they've decided to stick with the I6. Good to see BMW have stuck to some traditions, unlike the introduction of FWD.
May 22nd, 2012 4:13pm
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thamzn thamzn
The first turbo M3/ M4 will be followed by the first turbo C 63 AMG and RS4/ RS5. V6 would not have worked. Modest as 330kW sounds, M3s are mostly about balance between power and handling, rather than outright thrust.
May 22nd, 2012 3:55pm
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