BMW M3 Sedan lightweight concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

You may recall that earlier this month, BMW revealed a unique M3 Sedan that had been stripped of weight and toughened up, packing the same sort of approach applied to the hard-core M3 GTS coupe, albeit with a couple of extra doors. The one-off was made for the M Festival set to take place during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring this coming June, but naturally, speculation on its production potential has ensued.

The good folks over at M3Post pinned down Matt Russell, the guy who handles the M range (along with Alpina) for BMW North America, and asked him about the lightweight M3 sedan's future, and according to him, there are no plans to market such a vehicle in the United States. Naturally, Russell didn't comment on markets outside his purview, neatly avoiding comment on whether the hardcore sedan will be available somewhere. But given the short time remaining in the current M3's lifespan and the stringencies of U.S. regulations, any such vehicle apparently isn't fated for these shores.

Elsewhere in the interview, Russell professed his admiration for the all-wheel drive system developed by Ferrari for the new FF. Could BMW incorporate AWD into future M products? Potentially, but as with the lightweight M3 sedan, the extra heft would be an issue.



[Source: M3Post via Motor Authority]


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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nooo this car is so awesome. I want one please.
        Zeer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        One thumbs up isn't enough to express my support, sadly.
      holmes
      • 3 Years Ago
      yaa, .. I am a fan of BMW.dan I hope that BMW could go forward and produce new car quality...
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is just rude, I guess they only want to sell us huge SUV's now.
      Walfisch
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the next M3 will have turbos, and possibly AWD? Is BMW trying to make an Audi S4?
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walfisch
        Nothing wrong with that, especially since the S4 has much more torque at a lower range. And plus, it's competitively priced against the 335i/xi, with extra sport labeling. And the interior is really nice. The RS4 would compete against the M3 sedan (if it ever comes to the States).
      hpffallon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check out the new video Horsepower Freaks released last week on the M3 turbo and EMS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxEl7yFllWM&feature=player_embedded
      Rodney9396
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is the paintjob really... glossy? (not that there's anything wrong with that) Shame we won't be getting it here.
      rich8722
      • 3 Years Ago
      i dont understand why 3-4 cars in BMW's lineup have to turn fluffy with turbos and possible AWD, when with every other car they could just squeeze as many MPG's out of as they please. they are acting like no one bought M cars in the past lol, i plan on buying an E92 regardless of what gas prices go up too and im sure anyone else who was considering buying one (because its an M car and not because they want to flex their ego) doesnt care either.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rich8722
        Really? You can't understand why future M models will have "fluffy" turbos and AWD? Please. I may still prefer a good NA, RWD sports car over high tech monsters like the Skyline, but you better believe I have a HUGE amount of respect for them. If BMW decides to pursue a similar route, you know, the whole scary fast and highly efficient combo, I completely understand. In a world where just over $30k gets you 400hp, 6 gears, and an lsd, you need to keep pushing to stay ahead. So long as they curb their recent obsession to fill every model gap with some sort of crossover/SUV, I'm looking forward to what they'll make in the future. I will say though, an E90 M3 is definitely near the top of my list of cars I'm hope to own in the future.