2013 is the year for Lamborghini, Aston Martin and the Porsche 911, but 2016 will be the year for BMW. That's when the Munich-based maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine will celebrate its 100th birthday, with what will probably be a year-long celebration. Part of that 365-day party will, reportedly, be an even hotter version of the new BMW M4, which is set to debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

Yes, according to Australia's Car Sales, the über-M4 has been hinted at by higher-ups at BMW's M division, who claim the rear seats will be removed, much like the M3 GTS, while other weight-saving measures will be used to try and bring the M4's weight below 3,000 pounds. There's no mention of engine mods, but if the M4's biturbocharged six is as good as we think it'll be, that's not a deal-breaker for us.

The lightening process on the so-called M4 GTS would involve replacing the hood and front fenders with parts made of carbon fiber, while the doors would switch from steel to aluminum. Besides the deletion of the rear seats, Car Sales is predicting lightweight racing buckets, with a carbon-fiber shell and a minimal amount of padding. Expect lots and lots of Alcantara, in place of leather.

This wouldn't be a reborn M3 CSL, though, with one source at M saying, "It's difficult for a CSL today. We have already major steps that we would have taken, like thinner glass and lighter seats and lighter wheels and less sound deadening. We've already done all of that [in the current car]." Regardless, the idea of a seriously stripped out, two-door M is something we're really looking forward to seeing. Of course, neither the M3 GTS or CSL were offered in the US market, so if you live in the land of the free and home of the brave, don't get too excited just yet.


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      lesapt59
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stick the M4's new engine in the i8, keep it rwd and give it a stick... Voila new M1 B-)
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, they are so sentimental and respectful of their heritage and history. So much that they decided to get rid of the 3 series coupe and rename it the 4 series.
        jackearlnovak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        "Let us celebrate 100 years with our most famous car deep in racing and performance heritage...The BMW M3--DERRRP I mean M4...but there is an M3 it's the saloon....we changed the name...nevermind."
          vi_per
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jackearlnovak
          Indeed...shows how much respect they have for the model that is arguably the most important in their commercial history. This is a company all about making money. They have zero respect for the craft. But then again those hideous GT models already showed that.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      A special edition i8 could make sense. It is, after all, their flagship car. It is also the most future-oriented. But I suppose a special edition M4 could be a bit more accessible. The reality is, they were probably going to do it anyway.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        Couldn't agree more. Either ratchet up the i8's existing powertrain or figure out how to shoehorn that M4's engine in there.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me skip to the punchline(s): +Not coming to the States. +Limited production of 4 examples to celebrate the 4-series. +It will cost more than Obamacare.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Celebrating 100 years of mediocrity? Sure, why not.
        vi_per
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I agree. And this is coming from a previous BMW owner. Apart from the 3-series coupe, every sports car BMW has made has been commercial and critical mediocrities. And what better way to honor the most important and successful car in their commercial history (the 3 series coupe, M3)....by getting rid of it. BMW management are idiots. Absolute idiots.
          JR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @vi_per
          As another previous BMW owner (2004 M3, and 2008 BMW 335xi coupe) I believe the last great car BMW made was the 1M//, The prices have sky rocketed on BMW's in the past 4-5 years to the point of being out of the price range of most previous BMW owners (unless you want to drop 8g's as a down payment for a lease). I purchased my 335 in 2008, it came to $55k fully loaded, the overbloated 435 xdrive is now close to 80k fully loaded (after taxes, titles, fees) Besides a bigger chassis, and some extra bells and whistles, not much has changed from the 3-4 series coupes. I will not be buying a BMW anytime in the foreseeable future. Especially since the car payments would be more than my mortgage.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
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      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be good for a racetrack toy but normal street use not so much. Spherical bearings vice ball joints or bushings, for example, don't work so good on the street in the mud and blood and the beer because street drivers for the most part don't maintain their vehicles. Heck, try to get a street driver to change their brake fluid every two years much less every year. Track guys will flush fluid before every track session.... Lightweight, meh. Not willing to give up AC, Bluetooth, cruise, electronic stability control, etc. for a street driven track toy.
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes please.
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      lookes cross eyed....
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather see them reproduce the original 1936 328 with a modern NA i6. What a beauty that car is... The new 4 series: don't bother. Too darn big. Maybe the 1 or 2 (whatever they call it now) would be a better lightweight because its not a Luxo barge to begin with.,,
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      Scott Tavegia
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would that make it a MMMMMmmmmm4?
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