MotorTrend recently sat down with Friedrich Nitschke, BMW M-Performance Automobiles’ current managing head honcho. And of course, many important questions were asked surrounding the building story of the latest M3 successor, and its rebadged coupe and convertible versions, the M4. But to feed the suspense, MT pondered Nitschke about a competitor to the newly introduced Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. So, here’s what was said.
Nitschke appeared to be quite enthusiastic about the incoming M3 sedan and M4 coupe and convertible, touting that the force-fed inline-six is “one of the best engines we [BMW M] have ever done.” If there were any concerns that BMW was going to provide all-wheel drive in the M3, Nitschke denied them while referencing the emphasis on weight reduction for the new model. He also confirmed their debut for the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.
But when inquired about the A45 AMG and if BMW M was on par with providing a competitor, Nitschke only replied with an apparent smug. So they are investigating it, which is enough to suggest that it’s under consideration. There’s a chance it could come to fruition since nothing is set in stone.
– By: Chris Chin