According to UK magazine AutoExpress, the next generation BMW M3 would feature a fresh 3.3 liter six-cylinder tri-turbo engine. The rumormill also churns out that one of the three turbo will be powered by electricity and the powerplant will produce 450 horsepower.
The news were drawn out from a conversation with the new M boss Dr Friedrich Nitschke, but no official statement has been made available. Dr. Nitschke also said the 2014 BMW M3 will feature a mix of steel and ultra-light carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) that will alleviate some of the current “weight problems” of M cars.
Nitschke revealed that the car will also be efficient. “There will be a bigger focus on very low fuel consumption,” he said. “The new M3 will prove this.”
Furthermore, AutoExpress speculates on a successor of the popular M1 supercar that is finally on M’s roadmap. “We have a fantastic history with the M1,” Dr Nitschke said. “The decision on developing this car is open. We’d love to do it.”
BMW Z4 M? Not on the radar, but…an engineering task easy to achieve. “There’s no decision on an M version of the Z4,” added Dr Nitschke, “but this is something we could do easily.”