BMW M3 or BMW M4? M Division Likely To Build Both

BMW M3 or BMW M4? M Division Likely To Build Both

2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Officials confirmed than an M3 version of F10 BMW 3 Series sedan is in the works.
  • BMW also plans to keep around Motorsport versions of the coupe and convertible body styles.
  • The 4 Series coupe enters production this spring, and if there's a Motorsport version of that car, it would be called M4, officials said.

DETROIT — In a roundtable with media assembled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, executives from BMW's Motorsport division confirmed that there will be a new M3 sedan based on the F10-generation 3 Series. There will also be next-generation coupe and convertible body styles, but officials wouldn't say whether they'll be badged M3 or M4.

BMW unveiled a concept version of the 4 Series coupe on Monday. That car is based on the 3 Series and enters production this spring.

"If there would be a 4 Series, and we derived an M version of that, it would be called M4," Thomas Schemera, head of sales, marketing and product development, told reporters.

"We've had three hugely successful M3 derivatives in the current model [E90, E92 and E93] generation," Carsten Preis, head of product development for BMW M, added, "making the M3 by far the most successful car in the segment. If there was some different direction for the coupe in the future, we would obviously have to look at it closely."

BMW M officials would not get into drivetrain specifics, but said the car would be lighter than the current M3.

"The successor to the M3 must be better," Schemera told reporters. "It must be lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient. It must be a real M and it must be the best M3 we have ever built."

"More powerful" may not translate to more horsepower, Schemera subsequently clarified, but quicker acceleration made possible by a reduction in curb weight.

Edmunds says: Will it be the BMW M3 or M4? Probably both.

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