A sports car should have a manual gearbox – it's something the world should keep in mind in the era of semi-autonomous vehicles. Well, BMW agrees with that, and the BMW M boss Markus Flasch has repeatedly confirmed that the new M3 will have a shifter.
However, this is the first time that the new M3 is tested with a manual transmission. Spotted by 'Carspotter Jeroen', a test prototype of the M3 made a few laps on the Nürburgring. It is equipped with a manual gearbox as evidenced by the report passages that are done differently.
The boss of BMW M has also confirmed that the M3 will be powered by the new S58 engine. If this name is unfamiliar to you, it's the same engine found on the new X3 M and X4 M – a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that produces more than 500 hp in the Competition versions.
M3 is also expected to be available in all-wheel drive and powered. However, it has been reported that the M3 Competition will not be available in manual version …
The new BMW M3 is expected to go into production in 2020. In addition, it will not be revealed to the public until 2021. Why is it so long? Well, the boss of BMW M has not given an explanation, but for now, let's all be happy that a M3 with manual transmission is still alive and in good shape.