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2020 BMW M3 Rendered, AWD Rumors Are Strong

This fall has brought us the 2019 BMW 3 Series. So far, the range-topper is the M340i xDrive, but next year will bring us the proper M version. We've already spied the 2020 BMW M3 on multiple occasions, but the time has now come to bring you a rendering of the super-sedan.
2020 BMW M3 rendering 1 photo
The imagine is obviously based on the styling of the non-M model and seems to do a pretty good job - pixel tip to Car Lifestyle for the render.

Under the hood of the new M3, we'll find a new S58 motor. With a displacement of 3 liters and a pair of turbos, the straight-six promises solid performance. To be more precise, the engine should deliver at least 450 hp in standard trim and at least 500 hp in Competition form.

Regardless, the unit will make its debut on the upcoming BMW X3 M, while it will also be offered on other models, such as the X4 M and the M4 (here's a render of the coupe).

However, the most important question about the newcomer has to do with the number of driven wheels. The rumor mill can't stop talking about BMW introducing M xDrive for the new M3, possibly without an RWD model alongside it. And the clues towards this aren't few.

For one thing, the M340i is only available in all-paw form. So, wouldn't it be strange for the M3 to lack xDrive and risk being left behind in bad weather?

Then there's the fact that the F90 M5 has already showcased the potential of an M Division saloon that sends power to all four wheels. And since the 2018 M5 packs an all-rear driving mode, there's no need for an RWD version.

The German engineers were keen to boost drivability for the seventh-generation 3er. So, for instance, while the 320d oil burner delivers the same 190 hp, it now comes with two turbos for better response.

And what better way of improving the M3's drivability that gifting the four-door with a system similar to the one on the M5?

 
 
 
 
 

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