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Old 03-30-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Talking The Next M3!

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/future-c...or.html?page=2

2014 BMW M3


What It Is: The latest in a long line of ***8201;M3s to provide sports-car performance in a cop-duping wrapper. This will be BMWs most powerful M3 yet.

Why It Matters: It's the bestselling M-badged car and crucial to the health and future of the M division.

Platform: The next M3 is based on the new F30 platform, a rear- and all-wheel-drive design that is slightly larger than the E90 platform it replaces. Compared with the standard 3 Series, the M3 will have wider front and rear tracks and a heavily modified chassis. We expect a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, and a retractable-hardtop convertible.

Powertrain: The high-revving V-8 of the current M3 will be replaced with an inline-six boosted with two turbos and (possibly) one electrically driven supercharger. Expect about 450 horsepower. BMW will offer a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; the M3 will remain rear-wheel drive.

Competition: Audi RS4, Cadillac ATS-V, Lexus IS F, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

What Might Go Wrong: Old-school M fans will lament the absence of a high-revving naturally aspirated engine. Then, when this car is eventually replaced, people will lament the possible loss of the innovative three-blower engine.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Late 2013, priced at about $60,000.
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