Confirmed: Next Generation M3 to Have Inline Six


BimmerFile has confirmed with former M Boss Ludwig Willisch that the next generation M3 will have an inline six rather than the much rumored V6. Mr. Willisch told BimmerFile that M did test a V6 but that the decision to go with the inline had been made “awhile back “.

One of the overriding factors was the character of the propose V6 engine. M engineers couldn ‘t get the power delivery to feel and sound as smooth as the inline six due to the nature of the V configuration. In short it didn ‘t feel or sound like an M3.

Mr. Willisch went onto say that the proposed V6 was a cut-down version of the current M5 engine and that it did fit into the engine bay rather well.

According to sources, we believe the next generation M3 ‘s inline six will have at least two or three turbos to both create increased horsepower and torque while emitting less CO2.

We ‘ll have more on the new M3 in the days and weeks ahead.

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  • Que

    keeping it real with the inline.  2 or 3 turbos?

  • BimmerFile_Michael

    This should come as no surprise to many as we noted these reasons and others from well placed sources.

    The two or three turbo speculation is bc the jury is still out on how to describe an electric powered scroll if it is within the housing of an exhaust powered turbo as well.

    • les

       So, it’ll be a twin turbo with a little extra something to get those turbos spinning.

  • Sweet! I6 just sounds so much better both to the ear and in conversations. 

  • D A 7

    This is good news, I definitely prefer the inherently balanced I6 layout, although the possibility of an M-developed V6 is intriguing. My main concern for the next-gen M3 is mass and I really hope adding lightness is at the top of M’s to-do list. If Porsche can build lighter next-gen cars, why can’t BMW? 

  • mose121

    HA!  So now who gets to tell Scott27 “I told you so”?  Sigh