Next BMW M3 To Go Hybrid All-Wheel Drive? Say It Ain't So!
A long time ago, BMW used to make lightweight sportscars. Things like the BMW M3 were amazingly capable machines. But today, the M3 is a heavyweight bruiser that is more luxury than lightweight. Enthusiasts lament this fact. Thankfully though, the BMW M3/M4 are good cars, which helps quell the rage. However, BMW might be readying the final push that sends enthusiasts over the proverbial cliff. According to a new report from The Detroit Bureau, BMW officials may have confirmed that the next generation M3 will receive both hybrid technology, and all-wheel drive as standard. Let the sobbing begin. RELATED: Click Here To See the BMW's M4 DTM
Breaking the report down, BMW is looking to offset current and future emissions regulations across its lineup, which just so happens to include the company’s M department. The new M3 generation would likely make use of an electric system that solely powers the front wheels and would have an all-electric range of about 20 miles on it.
The electric system would only be used for putting around down, and intrude to add more grip around a racetrack, but the gas engine would still be the primary source of power in the car. However, most of this is still speculation, since BMW has neither confirmed nor denied these allegations. It’s easy to see that, with the success of the company’s i3/i8 program, combining the two would be the next logical step.
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Given the current regulations on emissions and fuel economy, this isn’t a total surprise. What is a surprise is BMW's consideration of an all-wheel drive platform for the next M3, rather than a more conventional hybrid system. What could possibly be better is a McLaren- or Ferrari-style system, which just adds power to the rear wheels or allows a full electric mode. That would at least quell some of the backlash that will surely come about from this decision.
Thankfully for BMW purists that want something small, lightweight, and fun, the company will debut the new M2 in just a few short weeks. The new car is said to have around 360 horsepower, and 350 lb-ft of torque out of an inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine. The combination of being light, and fast will surely bring enthusiasts back to the brand who thought BMW had lost its way.
Hopefully though, BMW doesn’t decide to make that car all-wheel drive in the future as well.
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