The next-generation BMW M3 is about 3 years away from hitting the streets, but reports suggest that BMW is already thinking about which powerplant it will put in its M benchmark coupe.
The current BMW M3 model carries a 4.0 liter V8 engine making 414-hp at 8,300 rpm with a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm. That allows it to run from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5-4.7 seconds range. What options does BMW have for the next-generation M3?
- S65 V8 Biturbo Engine: That’s the engine that power the current M3. Instead of throwing that engine out, BMW may rework it to produce more power.
- Modified N54 Engine: This would a be a modified version of BMW’s N54 or N55 inline 6-cylinder turbo/twin-turbo. It’s the same engine used in the BMW 1-Series M Coupe.
- Modified S63 Engine: This is the same engine going in the new 2012 BMW M5 – a 4.4L twin-tubo V8. The engine is currently used in the BMW X5 M and X6 M where it produces 555-hp.
- V6 Engine Based on the S63: Last but not least is this V6 engine. How will BMW make a switch to a V6 engine without upsetting BMW fans for abandoning the inline-6 grassroots?
– By: Omar Rana