Typically, when BMW releases a new M3, it launches it in coupe form first. (In fact, sales of the M3 sedan have, in North America at least, slowed to such an extent that BMW NA was tempted to stop bringing it here altogether.) But not the new model – according to the latest intel, the next-gen M3 will arrive in four-door guise first.

Sources indicate a couple of reasons for that: First, the new 3 Series (pictured above in M Sport guise) on which it'll be based has so far has only come out in sedan form. Second, because the next-gen M3 is anticipated to lose some of its edge. Which would be a shame, but there's a far more straightforward reason than either of those two: there will be no coupe or convertible M3 from here on out.

Well, sorta. There will be, only it won't be called the M3. It'll probably be called the M4, since BMW is said to be spinning the two-door version of the 3 Series off into a 4 Series – more closely mirroring the 5 Series sedan and its coupe/convertible counterpart, the 6 Series. Since BMW has yet to unveil the 4 Series, we're likely to be looking at an M3 sedan first.

We expect it'll have a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine in place of the outgoing model's naturally aspirated V8, but the jury's still out on whether those pistons will be arranged in a V or a straight line.


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      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      of course it will..the coupe will be the M4!
      Lemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just plain silly. To me, it would make sense to change the names of all other BMWs before changing the name of the M3
      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, way to further dilute the M-brand. Making the coupe version an M4 is a slap in the face to the heritage that started with the E30 M coupe. Wouldn't that also mean the 4-series coupe will be bigger and heavier than the E90 3-series? Sounds like fail to me.
        Sean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sugaki
        is it really that big of a deal if the name is m4 instead of m3? really? ..... really?
          Sugaki
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sean
          To answer your pseudo-rhetorical question, uh yes? It's about heritage. The M3 started as a homologation of a race-spec coupe for the streets. Now it's becoming a high-powered poseur-mobile--quick to be sure, but not nearly as raw as what the M3 had been. Granted we haven't seen production specs so I'm saying this prematurely, but we already know the 3 series is (again) bigger than the previous gen, and continues to get more bloated. Plus, it's not just name. If the 4-series mirrors what the F12 6-series is to the F-10, it also means the 4-series will be heavier than the sedan.
      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      makes sense to have the m3 sedan first as this new 3-series is bland, bland, bland
      ThomasP
      • 3 Years Ago
      This headline is misleading. Seems to me that the M3 will come in sedan form ONLY. Since the coupe version will be called M4.
      jjamess101
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I recall they attempted to introduce the '4 series' with the current E92 3 series, up until the final months before release when the popular outcry had them chicken out and stick with '3 series' for the coupe and sedan. 3 series is the bread and butter. If the market doesn't want it, or it looks like a 4 series won't sell without the heritage, they'll bail out again.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jjamess101
        People are big enough douche-bags now that higher number = status. You only got a 3 series? I have a 4. Hahahahahaha! [blows cigar smoke in 3 owner's face]
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you do anything all day other than troll posts on German cars?
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me
          yeah....he trolls on american cars as well.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        you don't get tired of trolling do you?!
        Catchchu
        • 3 Years Ago
        Said the guy you paid good money for a Japanese car.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cheap interior, yes, but the ride and dynamics is still a little better than say Lexus. The reliability is truly awful though. My uncle's BMW has given him so many problems but his Lexus has been rock solid.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the cost of repairs may not be a problem when you're rich but the BMW left him stranded on the road and he had to get it towed. The battery problem light came on, the temperature shot up within a minute and then the whole instrument panel just lost power. Not worth it IMO.
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope BMW and the M division will make me eat my words, but I get the feeling they've jumped the shark lately. The interiors have really dipped in quality, the CB fiasco, the F01 requiring an air brake license to park. The polarizing 1 series M coupe design... I think if you own a M version of a e46, e85/86, e39, you best keep good care of it. Even though technology and power numbers have jumped a lot since those, I don't think the overall satisfaction of owning a quality bavarian sportscar has been the same. While spinning off the coupe 3 series into another brand moniker : 4 series, is really no big thing. It is an act of vestige to the legacy of the BMW brand, and IMHO legacy is what BMW is living off of right now.
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
        The interiors have done nothing but go up in quality every generation, I don't know how you can say otherwise with a straight face. There may be reasons to think they "jumped the shark" but they aren't the reasons you came up with (think X6M).
          Georgie Porgie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me
          The X6M is another polarizing platform worthy of its own debate. However although the designs through the years of the interiors have evolved nicely ( I think ), the build quality and materials have not, to deny this is absurd. They might look nice on the showroom floor, but after test driving many used e65's, I still can't find one that feels the same level of build as my e38. The materials / engineering just don't age as well. I say this fully admitting the useless and hypocondriac e38 cupholder.
          me
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me
          I still don't know I agree on the materials. Certainly the materials in E36 are awful compared to E46, which are of lesser quality when compared to E90. I'll admit that this may not hold true for the 7 series, but I believe the 3 and 5 have only gotten better in build quality.
        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
        As a BMW fanboy I agree with you 100%.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
        [blocked]
      1STH
      • 3 Years Ago
      MEH. i'll wait for the B8 RS4.
      kevrod86
      • 3 Years Ago
      About two days ago I went to my local BMW dealership to service my 328i and while I was waiting I over heard a conversation a finance guy was having with another client and the talk seemed a bit coded, but the finance buy did mentioned about a four door M3 coming soon! Although he didn't mentioned a specific date, he did say that his dealership will be one of the first to get the vehicle once it was release in the US! Here's the link of the dealership if any M3 aficionado will become interested: http://www.mckennabmw.com/pre-owned-bmw.htm
        futuramautoblog
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevrod86
        @me So with you! The URL is even for PRE-OWNED bimmer for chirst sake! What a SPAM! and yeah, dealership employees really don't know a damm thing!
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @futuramautoblog
          I'll speak from 1st hand experience here... I worked at a Subaru dealer as a detailer and lube tech for about 9 months when I was 22. The sales guys all tried to tell me that the STi was going to be a twin-turbo, and they were telling customers that, as well. I went to the sales manager and pointed out a few reliable sources about older model STi's, and the direction FHI was likely taking with the American launch. I got a couple of the salesmen in trouble for spreading BS... two months later they got me fired.
      Sean
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome! i think the current m3 sedan looks a lot nicer than the m3 coupe
      Adrian
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW has to be completely retarded for spinning off the coupe version of its 3 series. Why mess with such a successful formula? It's almost as dumb and similar to when Netflix was going to split up their streaming/DVD businesses.
        JayP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adrian
        Tossing aside 25 years of "M3" brand equity?* On par with dropping "Ultimate Driving Machine" for that crap "Joy" campaign. * Ford made the same mistake with the Five-Hundred/Taurus.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adrian
        I think you fail to see the difference between the two. The Netflix split resulted in not only a completely new brand but a huge price increase (almost double for unlimited of both) where as moving the coupe and convertible to the 4 series naming is a simple name change that won't result in a price increase. Netflix shot themselves in the foot with the price increase more so than splitting it up. I knew the change would happen as soon as the 6 series came out a few years ago.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          I realize there's a difference (I wasn't being completely literal with that statement). I just don't see how they're simplifying product differentiation by having two separate products. It usually doesn't turn out well.
          Shanti
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          Actually, I would be surprised if there wasn't a fairly significant price increase. As it is, and convertible aside (those are always more expensive for obvious reasons), the 3-series coupe costs significantly more than the sedan. In my opinion, a name change would be an excuse to widen that gap, just based on BMW's track record. A 550 starts at what? 60-someodd-thousand? Moving up to a 6-series you pay a 20k premium. Are you really getting 20k more car?
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Adrian
        no. thats completely unrelated. It would be more like BMW spinning off FWD caars into a seperate brand (like Mini.) Making the numbers in the model names actually make sense is not completely retarded. Its the most logical thing they can possibly do. Wearing a 4 rather than a 3 will not "mess with the formula" of the car itself.
          Shanti
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ThomasP
          Maybe to us it makes more sense, to the average consumer, if they're buying a "4" they're going to associate it with a different, more expensive (4 > 3) car. Especially combined with a different release date, more differentiated styling, etc.
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