BMW M3 effectively sold out - report

BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver limited edition
BMW M3 Coupé Frozen Silver limited edition

Nitschke hints at an M-tuned three-cylinder engine

BMW M GmbH boss Friedrich Nitschke has revealed the current generation M3 is effectively sold out.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Nitschke said the M3 Coupe and Convertible will remain in production for approximately six more months but all the cars are spoken for.

The executive also hinted that future engines will be closely related to BMW's units but they will continue to be "optimized for the specific needs of M customers."

Nitschke downplayed the possibility of all-wheel drive variants by suggesting they would be too much of a compromise because of the added weight and loss of steering precision. The executive also feels that anyone who wants a high-performance all-wheel drive BMW can just order an X5 M or an X6 M.

When asked about BMW's new three-cylinder engine, Nitschke sounded optimistic about offering a high-performance variant. As he explained, "The three-cylinder is an attractive engine. It is possible to reach around 185 to 200 horsepower (137- 149 kW) per liter in a forced-induction three-cylinder and we have 1.5 liters of displacement." Nitschke went on to say an M-tuned three-cylinder engine could have an output in excess of 310 HP (231 kW).

Source: Car & Driver

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The idea of a small 3 cylinder engine is interesting if powerful enough, it could make the car much lighter.
May 4th, 2013 8:58pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
It really says a lot about the M3, the current model is about to come to an end yet it's sold out. The M3 is still one of the best performance cars money can buy.
May 4th, 2013 3:40pm
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EnzoTinyu EnzoTinyu
So when will we get the 3.0L six-cylinder M3 with 600HP?
May 4th, 2013 10:43am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Or the 4.4 V8TT with 880hp!
May 4th, 2013 12:29pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
So sad to see the E90/E92/E93 M3's go out of production after such a long and successful run. Now to become part of BMW's illustrious history, time to welcome in the new generation of M3...and as for the coupe, M4.
May 4th, 2013 6:34am
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ebarsy ebarsy
185-200 hp/liter and 1.5 liters would put the range oh hp at 277.5-300 not in excess of 310. Am I the only one that caught that?
May 4th, 2013 5:47am
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DavidFlynn DavidFlynn
1.5L three-cylinder 310 HP (231 kW) O_o
May 4th, 2013 2:01am
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Microice Microice
M tuned 3 cylinder with 231kw.... In which M car?
May 4th, 2013 1:54am
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