Really looking forward to these. I love the AWD traction of the RS3 compared to the spin-fest of the F8X if the conditions or road surface wasn't right. If the G8X has a RWD mode, it'll be the best of both worlds. Hopefully the S58 solves the sound issue of the S55, and then it'll be game on
2019 Guards/Aurum GT3 RS Weissach,
2018 RS3: APR stage 2 10.72 @ 130.5
2018 Raptor crew cab, 2017
2017 Night blue metallic 991 GTS
Past: Evo 8, R35 GT-R, F80 M3s, C6 Z06, 991TT-S/GT3, etc
The front end is gonna be the same as the upcoming 4 series, just like the E90 and F80. It won't look like that rendering above which is essentially an m340i with an m850i grafted on. From what insiders are saying, I think the new design will be quite divisive...
I hope it looks more like this than the electric car above.The M3 will use the new design format to be introduced with the next generation 4er. The front of the car is from the new 4er. And that includes the huge taller kidney grille. We will learn more about the M3 this Summer.
Debuts in September at Frankfurt Auto Show (presumably the concept G80 M3)
Our info has production beginning in 2020
Entry level models will develop 480bhp, while the more powerful "Competition" flagship will produce 510bhp
Our info indicates three models and power levels - 444hp (Pure model), 475hp ("base" model), and 500hp (Competition model)
Selectable four-wheel-drive system like the M5, allowing the driver to send all of the engine's power to the rear wheels
Our info indicates some versions will have RWD, others xDrive; both manual and automatic transmissions will be available
Lighter and more agile due to adoption of BMW’s new CLAR platform
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Not sure why AWD bums people out. I love RWD, but it's at it's best with smallish lightweights and/or cars without gobs of power. The M3 hasn't been that for 20 years. With a 112" wheelbase and, say, ~3700lbs, I'll take the extra complexity and 150lb weight every time, especially if you can turn it off easily.
Also FWIW, the ability to turn off xDrive isn't exactly new. The cars were always built RWD with a clutch to enable the front drives. I was able to turn off xDrive in my E92 with some coding; the computer left the clutch open and threw a "4x4" warning. What's new is the ability to do it quickly and easily without warning lights in a supported manner.
'19 Golf R
'08 Z4 M Coupé
AMG will be going exclusively AWD for their future cars as well, that's been announced. I'll bet the next C63 will also have a RWD mode, like the E63 does.
They might as well make a regular 3 above the M340i like an M350i or something... then sharpen and focus the ///M3/4.
The way things are looking now, might as well get a C63 or RS5. What's the differentiator?
And as far as differentiators, I'd guess the G8x will still likely have a more balanced and responsive chassis than the RS5 or C63, but is convergence really a bad thing if they're all getting better?