• BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
  • BMW M3 Competition Package (02/2010)
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If you're an unapologetic BMW fanboy, the next few words might sting. BMW may be considering a V6 for the next generation BMW M3. No, we didn't mean to type I6 – we're talking about three on one side and three on the other.

According to M3post.com, BMW is likely to go in one of four directions. First up is the suggestion that BMW will take the M3's current S65 V8 and add a pair of turbochargers to it. Now, we're all in favor of adding forced-induction to this engine but this would have the M3 treading heavily on F10 M5 ground.

Another rumor pegs BMW as stuffing either a modified (read: boosted) version of the N54 turbocharged inline-six or a tweaked (read: detuned) version of the F10 M5's twin-turbo V8 S63 motor. The most interesting rumor, however, is that BMW may look into a turbocharged V6 engine. Is BMW HQ ready to hurt the fanboy feelings of folks in love with straight-six engines? If it means a better M3, then anything is possible.


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      Rob
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think BMW will have a tough sell on that one. I can see a V6 in a regular 3 series as a step up from a turbo 4 cyl but the M3 should be a turbocharged or supercharged inline 6 cyl. Let the M5 have the turbo V8 to set it apart.
      Fermat
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm an owner of an N55 135i, and I simply love the silky smoothness of the engine. The inline 6 has primary and secondary mechanical balance, thus not requiring balance shafts. It's just smooth as butter. That said, if they can somehow replicate that in a V6 (which I doubt), then more power to them. I'd be disappointed if they left their lovely I6 design for a more clunky V6 design though.
      John Hughan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boosting the N54 (or maybe N55 by the time the next M3 is released) would the most consistent with the M3 engine's historical tendency to be based heavily on the engines from the standard 3 Series. The current-gen M3 is the first time it's used a completely different engine from its base counterparts.
        me
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John Hughan
        Not true, S54 was also a completely different design than the M54 engine the standard E46 330 used. The blocks were not even made out of the same materials (iron for S54, aluminum for M54), the bore and stroke were different, internals were different.
      Gator
      • 4 Years Ago
      F all the purists that say it should stay a V8 or go back to I6. What ever they put in it, it will still sell, and be better than the last.
      Hotshoe32
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will get over the break in heritage of a bent six if it's a legit, bespoke M engine. Though effective, the use of the N54 in the 1M and N63 in the M5 & X-M's with the boost turned up and calling them M engines irks me.
        mkM3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hotshoe32
        The 1M is indeed a mildly tuned N54. The M5, X5 M, and X6 M use a highly modified N63 called the S63. Read up on 'CCM' - it is very innovative. Now I will agree that seeing BMW going back to using series engines as the basis for M engines, after they gave us the glorious M-original S65 and S85 is a tough pill to swallow. But don't compare the S63 with the 1M N54 - the former was designed specifically for M application, the latter is just a series motor used to get a 1M quickly to market.
        Felspawn
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hotshoe32
        agreed, its bad enough that they go against tradition but when their flagship sports sedans are just getting tuned versions of whats already in their SUVs, i mean is nothing sacred?
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        F00n Marani
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't afford either, so keep that ugly yapper closed.
          F00n Marani
          • 4 Years Ago
          @F00n Marani
          I'm sure you do kiddo. I have a 2015 G39.
        mikoprivat
        • 4 Years Ago
        what are you the floor sweeper at the lexus factory with your totally obsessive and annoying promotions of this POS lexus?!?!?!
      stclair5211
      • 4 Years Ago
      And how much longer are we going to use this dependency on foreign oil line of bull? Been going on since the 1970s and we're sitting on the largest reserves in the world. Oops. You arent supposed to know that. Oh and oil came from dinosaurs. Lol p.s. - the Dino thing is BS too. p.s.s.- You are being played America. Going green is the greatest marketing campaign ever. Bigger than this con they call Obama.
      Richard
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell, make it front wheel drive. And build it iin South Carolina - or Merxico. It doesn't matter The big sunglasses tattoo tshirt set will pay whatever the lease payment is.
      Shane
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember when publications had editors that checked for grammar?
        Felspawn
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shane
        this is a blog, not a monthly magazine, get over yourself
          illnever tell
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          Yea, a professional blog that has paid writers and editors. Do I care? Not so much. The comment is very much founded.
          You guy
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          But its still a professional publication. Its not like that can't shoot the bloody article through MS word first.
          Shane
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          Blogs are the future of magazines and newspapers. I don't think preserving journalistic integrity is pretentious. Attitudes like yours are destroying it.
          Felspawn
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          placed like autoblog and Jalopnik put out more content in a month then a traditional pulbication does all year. that gets a little more leyway from the grammar nazis as far as i'm concerned
      Richard
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever. Make it front wheel drive. Build it in Mexico. It doesn't matter. The big sunglass tattoo t shirt crowd will still pay whatever the lease payment is.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Power is power. Let the engineers be the judges, not the fanboys. May the best engine win.
      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 4 Years Ago
      whatever they do it'll likely be amazing to drive, great to look at, sell a ton AND everyone who posts online will hate it. typical bmw.
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