Next-gen BMW M3 may receive triple turbo power

Next-gen BMW M3 may receive triple turbo power

BMW’s M3 is always going to be an uncompromising sports machine, that’s something which will never change, but exactly how it achieves its performance has changed over the years. What started out with an inline-four was up-sized into a straight-six for two generations before a V8 was stuffed into the current model. It’s no surprise that there is much speculation about the next-generation M3 with it expected to return to a straight-six format but that won’t mean a decrease in power.

If recent rumours are to be believed, the upcoming M3 will come packing a triple-turbo straight-six powerplant. The rare arrangement may include two traditional turbochargers powered off exhaust gases but also a third electric turbocharger. Total power output would increase to around 335kW compared to the current V8 model’s 308kW. There will also be more carbon fibre used to keep weight down, much like the M3 CRT (pictured).

The next M3 isn’t expected until 2014, but BMW may have some exciting projects in the interim. There’s a rumoured new M1 supercar, a CSL version of the 1 Series M Coupe and a M version of the Z4 is apparently under consideration, but at this stage – nothing is final. Watch this space.

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