According to InsideLine, BMW is developing a brand new V6 engine that will power the new M3 when it hits the market in 2014.
According to InsideLine, BMW is developing a brand new V6 engine that will power the new M3 when it hits the market in 2014. The news comes somewhat as a surprise as BMW has never produced a V6 powered model in their long and illustrious history. The switch to a V-configuration will also represent the M3's first foray away from the high-revving naturally-aspirated units to the turbocharged arena - another major change in BMW's engineering principle over the past few years.
The engine in question was chosen against the more familiar inline-6 due to packaging and balancing issues. It will benefit from two twin-scroll turbochargers and will likely have a displacement of 3.0-liters with power output rated at 429hp (320kW/435PS) and 548Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque.
The next generation M3 will grow by 3.7 inches in length over its E90 predecessor, but it will also shed a few pounds (75lbs / 34kg) due to the lightweight aluminum materials used in the chassis.
The new generation M3 will also get its own codename for the first time with F80 being stated in the report. Additionally, the M4 Coupe & Convertible will be known as the F82 and are also expected to receive the same power unit as their M3 sibling.
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