2015 BMW M3 – The next-generation 2015 BMW M3, caught by our spy photographers in Scandinavia ahead of its press launch later this year. Based on the F30 3-series, the next M3 gets its own development code for the first time. Internally, the car is referred to as F80, while the upcoming M4 coupe is known as F82. The M3 will revert to a straight-six engine, which will feature twin turbos and slightly more power than the outgoing naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V-8. The 2015 BMW M3 moniker will be reserved for the four-door version, while the coupe and convertible versions will be known as M4s. Stylistic changes to the body will be notable, but not drastic. Emphasis is being placed on lightweight technology to improve cornering performance, rather than focusing on outgunning the competition a quarter-mile at a time.
The 2015 BMW M3 simply is an icon for the brand. While the 3-series is close to being the ideal compact sports sedan and certainly the benchmark for the segment the M3 takes the 3er package to the uppermost reaches of high performance and exclusivity. The segment has grown and become more competitive, and BMW must reassert its authority.
The 2015 BMW M3 will share its platform with the F30 3-series, but the architecture will be significantly modified to keep weight at acceptable levels. “We will likely reverse the trend towards heavier cars with the next M3,” a BMW executive tells us. To achieve this, BMW will use a clever mix of materials, including carbon-fiber components. The company’s heavy investment in this technology must be returned, especially important if the vaunted i3 and i8—which make liberal use of the costly composite fail to sell in great numbers.
2015 BMW M3 Convertible
The 2015 BMW M3 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six related to the one in the 335i. It would be wrong to assume, however, that BMW’s M performance division simply resorted to reprogramming the ECU. Virtually all parts will be exclusive to the 2015 BMW M3, it will be a relatively high-revving unit that should produce roughly 420 horsepower. There will be two transmission choices: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
2015 BMW M3 Price
The 2015 BMW M3 will make its debut near the end of this year, probably as a thinly veiled concept. Production is scheduled to begin early next year, with models likely arriving at dealerships in the spring of 2014. Pricing shouldn’t move too much from that of the current M3, which starts at $62,295, but don’t be surprised by a base price approaching $65K.