Electrical technology has now spread to all engine segments, from commercial vehicles to sports vehicles. Although many brands take the opportunity to launch new models of this type, they also choose to do so Switch long-haul vehicles to zero-emission vehicles. The last one who just confirmed his move is the BMW M3.
The sports sedan is one of the flagship models of the M family and continues to grow since it first launched its Touring family version last year. The trend will continue in the next generation will arrive in 2027 and in which one There will be a combustion engine variant and an electric variant.
This was confirmed Frank Weber, Head of Product Development at BMW, to his Carsales colleagues after pointing out the good basis for models with these characteristics with the recently introduced New Class.
“It was designed to assemble four electrical machines that work independently of each other up to one megawatt (…) And then you have some settings where you can dive into something that is increasingly rear-wheel drive oriented with the control options that you have with electric motors. You can go crazy.”
The first model that will use the new platform will be the new BMW 3 Series, which will come onto the market in 2025 and for which they don’t want to take much time to introduce the electric M3: “We want to present something that shows that that.” The new class is already very ambitious. But that does something far beyond what people are used to today. “It will arrive with the M3 and will not be far away from the first introduction of the Neue Klasse as a product line.”
Furthermore, Webber is clear that this change (although the petrol M3 will still be available) will be well received by the public: “(The BMW M customer) just wants it.” the best and highest performance you can get, And once you get into a car that has almost a megawatt of power and can control each wheel individually, I can guarantee you that there may be a problem with the engine noise, but definitely not with the behavior of the car. Is unbelievable”.
The technology is already being tested
In fact, the German brand has already revealed what technology it will use. That same year he taught a developmental mule based on a Modified BMW i4 M50 In order to achieve all-wheel drive, a configuration was chosen instead of one motor per axle one propeller per wheel.
This approach offers clear advantages in terms of traction, grip and the distribution of power and torque between the wheels, which translates into higher power and faster cornering.