Details are surfacing on the next-generation BMW M3, as we continue to wonder whether or not it’ll be offered with a manual transmission. It’s starting to appear that the sedan M3 model will be available with a dual-clutch transmission only, while the coupe M4 will probably see a manual option.
The German automaker looks poised to outfit its next-generation M3 with a turbocharged straight-six engine for the first time in its storied history and while that isn’t new information, the expected power figures are.
It will be a heavily modified version of the popular N55 engine which has found its way into the M135i and 640i, and is expected to push out around 450 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Reports now have it coming with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Another first for the new M3 model will be electro-mechanical steering. Borrowed from the M5 and M6 will be a three-stage dynamic damper control.
BMW is also aiming to keep the weight at around 3,500 lbs thanks to a liberal use of aluminum on the unibody steel structure.
With the changing in BMW’s naming convention, it wouldn’t be strange to see the M3 sedan come with an automatic transmission only, but the sportier and renamed M4 coupe to feature a manual transmission option.
[Source: Autocar UK]