If rumors are true, then the next generation BMW M3 will indeed be a hybrid. If your jaw just dropped, you’re not alone. The M3 has been BMW’s signature performance sedan for a generation, always boasting the most powerful gasoline BMW engine the automaker could muster up. As such, it seems slightly strange that the M3 would suddenly be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
But, before you get all bent out of shape, you should know that if these rumors are true, thedetroitbureau.com reports that the BMW M3 hybrid powertrain would likely be based on the TwinPower 3.0-liter inline-six engine that puts out out 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, and which currently powers the M3.
BMW will put to use its extensive motorsports experience and lessons learned from the successful electric i8 sports car. Additionally, BMW is expected to utilize extensive carbon fiber construction to reduce the weight of the car, for both improved efficiency and performance.
The result promises to be one of BMW’s most advanced, high-performance vehicles yet. We can all rest assured that the automaker won’t sacrifice the M3’s performance—in fact, The Detroit Bureau’s source confirms that BMW expects to boost torque by 73 lb-ft.
Stay tuned to the Union Park BMW Blog for more information as it becomes available!