While several photos leaked in recent days seem to indicate that BMW is already making the pre-production copies of the M3, BMW M president Markus Flasch explained to Motoring they will not arrive right away. Not until 2021. He has indeed confirmed that the production will start at the end of 2020. So do not expect that the M3 and M4 arrive in the showrooms before the beginning of the following year. On the other hand, Flasch does not explain why the delay is so long before launching the vehicles.
"We have not officially confirmed it, but I can tell you that we should offer propulsion and all-wheel drive, and manual and automatic gearboxes for both models," Flasch also said, according to Motoring.
The picture above shows the BMW M3 on the assembly line. The model would be equipped with a six-cylinder engine in line biturbo. Information prior to that revealed by Flasch indicates that at least some variants of this block could produce more than 510 horsepower.
Other spy photos recently offered us a first glimpse of the interior of the model, and its high-tech environment. The driver will face a digital dashboard and a large infotainment screen will be in the center.
Flasch's latest statement gives credence to rumors that BMW will offer multiple levels of M3. The powered version and manual gearbox might look like Pure, but would be a little less powerful. The Competition version would have more power, but would force customers to opt for the automatic gearbox.
As a reminder, an Instagram post (above), published a few days ago and no longer available, set the internets on fire by giving a preview of the front of the new Series 4 … which would resume the huge beans of the Concept 4. Finally, in addition to the M4 Coupé, spy photos confirm that a convertible version is also under development.