It's fair to say we're going to miss the E92 BMW M3. Its high-revving V8, flame-styled looks and excellent driving character made it quite simply one of the best cars of the 2000s. Its replacements, the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe have a lot to live up to.

We still have a few months to wait until we can drive the new cars, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited in the meantime, learning everything we can. To find out, we sent west coast editor Michael Harley onto the Detroit Auto Show floor earlier this week to talk about the new M cars with BMW product manager Victor Leleu.

If you want a concise, but highly informative rundown of these new cars, look no further than this video. Leleu talks about the styling, weight savings and engines in a lot of detail, making this an interview M fans aren't going to want to miss. Scroll down for the full video.
2015 BMW M3 and M4: 2014 NAIAS



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      LJD
      • 11 Months Ago
      I can't believe the spokesperson didn't touch on what is probably the most innovative and unique aspect of the new M3/M4, i.e., the clever anti-lag system. Seems most of the coverage is overlooking what, as far as I know, is a first among (relatively) mainstream production cars. Autoblog, please get some BMW engineers on the phone and dig into this technology for us.
      over9000
      • 11 Months Ago
      Another overpriced status symbol
        bobbylightbryant
        • 11 Months Ago
        @over9000
        Yeah, if the status you're trying to obtain is a driver of a well engineered sports car that will blow the doors off most things at the track.
      Christopher
      • 11 Months Ago
      These cars would look so much better if BMW gets rid of the ugly cut line across the front of the hood. The hood should be one piece all the way to the grill like that of the i8.
        Victor Hoyles
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        The E46 M3 has the front kidney grill a part of the hood, thus, also eliminating that line you speak of.
        Kronos
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        My pet peeve as well. Other manufacturers manage to get around this (by extending the hood to the grill, etc). I wonder why BMW doesn't?
        ihyln
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        All thanks to pedestrian safety rules for manufacturers now.
        Eskimo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        3.0L V6 turbo for $65k ????? PATHETIC. I'll take a C7 Corvette, Audi S4, and the 2015 C400 or 2015 C63 over this overpriced, unreliable, piece of crap.
          Sean
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Eskimo
          What a worthless post.
          AronD
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Eskimo
          Well the S4 is a super-charged V6, the C400 is a turbo V6, and the M3/M4 is a turbo inlines six. so I find you comments, under thought, unreliable, an a piece of crap.
          Craigg Turner
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Eskimo
          You should care more about how the car drives than the cylinder count.
          AcidTonic
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Eskimo
          But the torqueless V8 was any better? My 2.0 turbo 4 has more torque *and* horsepower at 3000rpm! This 3.0 turbo is going to hit hard and at low-rpm. It's literally not comparable to the outgoing V8's powerband. It embarrases it.
        AGSHOP
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        drives me mad! I cannot purchase this gen
          ThinkAboutIt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AGSHOP
          Yeah, that's why you're not buying one[sarcasm].
        S40Powered
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        I agree. It's distracting and so wrong in terms of design.
      knightrider_6
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's just a 3-series with bigger engine. I don't see any difference.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 11 Months Ago
      Checked all the right boxes. Lower weight, manual tranny, sedan stays, back to in-line six, torque is up big, and turbos give owners many options after market. BD
      wade
      • 11 Months Ago
      I will stick with my ZL1.
        ihyln
        • 11 Months Ago
        @wade
        which im sure you own
        Jondaman
        • 11 Months Ago
        @wade
        Please do, I don't think BMW make gun racks and mullet yet. Plus, ZL1 make you so much more attractive to your cousins :P
          lennyj50
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jondaman
          I tried a '93 corvette which turned out to be a disaster, so I traded it in on a '94 bmw, and have continued buying bmw's.
      S40Powered
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fantastic. I still wish the tailights from the M4 were much different than the sedan. That's what makes the coupe the hottest option. Great colors, great performance.
      thenewrick
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks great! I love the sedan version. That color of blue is fantastic! The performance and price are quite impressive. I wonder if the hard-top convertible version will get carbon fiber panels as well.
      miketim1
      • 11 Months Ago
      This idea that a V8 cant be efficient is really annoying. Instead of abandoning the V8 and going into a smaller engine why not put R&D into finding ways to make the V8 more efficient. This just makes the M3 last gen V8 more of a gem. In really interested in the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy used in the V8 RCF
        tarheel91
        • 11 Months Ago
        @miketim1
        It's not that the V8 isn't efficient, it's that a turbo car will always be more efficient than a NA car making equal power. Turbos actually make it so you get a net work positive between the intake and exhaust phases, whereas with a NA car, these phases are always a net work negative. A turbo on that V8 would push the M3 past the M5, and would push the price much higher than where they want the M3 to be.
      analogjesse
      • 11 Months Ago
      The panel gaps on these cars aren't tight enough to make a lateral slice across the hood like that. It's jarring.
      550PlusX5
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nice car.... I'm in the market for either this, or a 911s (for a lot more money) or yes, maybe even a z06 (I think that would be very very interesting). But the thing is about the Stingray that is really turning me off, has nothing to do with the car... It has everything to do with the stealerships... I have yet to see a case in which a porsche or bmw dealership will attempt to gouge the consumer by marking up the prices towards insanity... But if you look at what's happening with the C7.... Random dealers are tacking on $7000-8000 ABOVE MSRP on top of a long wait... With that, I think I'll pass, or at least pass until the craziness dies down....
      Bernie Kressner
      • 11 Months Ago
      What is not said in the article is that the E92 M3 V-8 HAD TO rev high to generate its HP, a deficit that took its toll on that M3 in the 2012 ALMS season. Even the design of the V-8 in the 2013 Z4 GTE required high-revving to meet its goals. Not good enough. Corvette crushed it. But this new turbo M3/M4 can get some more torque and HP at lower RPMs to dig out of corners. Too bad the GT Class at ALMS doesn't allow turbos. But RLL team are exploring other ways to increase HP at lower RPMs for this 2014 season under United Sports Car Racing. Good luck. Neither Corvette nor Viper are exactly standing still... --------------------------- ----------------
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