BMW M3 purists, rejoice. According to F30Post.com, BMW's North American boss, Ludwig Willisch, has confirmed that the next-generation M3 will be powered by an inline six-cylinder engine. That's right, the V8 is dead and the rumors of a possible V6 have officially been squashed.

To wit, Willisch told F30Post.com that a V6 was under consideration for quite some time, and the original thought was to use a chopped version of the S65 4.0-liter V8 found in the current car. But plans for a V-configuration have indeed been ruled out, and all that's left to speculate on is exactly how much help the new inline-six will get from forced induction.

In order to be more powerful than the current M3, no less than two turbochargers will likely be bolted to the new six-cylinder powerplant. In fact, we've even heard rumors of a tri-turbo setup being engineered for use in the M3. In any case, expect about 450 horsepower to be on tap.


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      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbos are nice but something about a straight 6 with individual throttle bodies that can scream.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see them return to their traditions.
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      return to glory!!!!!!!!!!!
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about 4 turbos with 600 hp. : - )
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joey Mcfreely
        Totally for 600hp, but 4 turbos on a 6 cyl? Yikes! Throw in the sequential boost system BMW had a little earlier and that'd be one nightmare motor!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      Comparing the last m3 with the last m5 they didn't look the same. This time I fear that from the rear the new m3 will just look like a scaled down new m5 About the engine being an inline 6... I dont care what it is really so long as it sounds exciting and get the adrenaline pumping
      art
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only problem is that inline engines are tall and long and cant be placed as far back and as low as V6s. They are very smooth tho!
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @art
        Tall and long: that is fine. I prefer the classic BMW look of a long hood when most competitors prefer the squashed V6 look. You all realize, of course, the main reason for the proliferation of V6s was the need to fit them sideways in FWD cars. Then manufacturers of RWD cars started using them. Even Mercedes sold out and discontinued their straight 6 and installed V6. I was sorry to see them go down that path.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank goodness no V6. I wish Mercedes would go back to the superior smoothness of the I6 too.
      Forcedinductionfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHA....what a POS. It will blow up after 20k iles. And its supposed to be a sports car but it's slow. And it has a cheap interior And the ride is sterile and boring just like all German cars. I smoke M3s regularly with my '08 Lexus IS-F.
        Tota Leefaik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        You do realize the M3 this article mentions hasn't been released yet? I didn't realize the IS-F comes with a Flux capacitor.
        Ak74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        IS-F is joke compare to BMW . I have driven both.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        That was meant for Forcedinductionfan
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        HEY it's Columbian Ricer reborn as Forcedinductionfan. To all the folks who don't know him, he lives in a fantasy world and will never post anything but ridiculous lies about the all mighty (poor handling and boring) IS-F. Welcome bag troll-bag. You're one of the reasons I read the comments on AB.
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        And yet, your Japanese beluga whale ricer doesn't smoke M3's in global sales. What a pity.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent. Nice to see the M3 going back to inline six power.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
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        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        should be going back to inline 4 power.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      In before the "But I can buy 2 Mustangs, bolt them together and make over 600hp for less than half the cost of this car!" comments.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
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      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      ugh, "M3 purists" would be wanting a lighter body and a I4 engine. I'm just sayin'
        • 2 Years Ago
        @samagon0
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