BMW’s highly anticipated sports sedan, the next-generation M3, as stated by BMW, will be releasing roughly in the mid-2020. Before its official release, the car has to undergo a lot of testing. Therefore, a prototype of the M3 was spotted at the Green Hell race track. Even though the prototype was heavily camouflaged so as to keep its features a secret from the prying eyes, it was not able to hide all of the specifications attached to the car’s body.
The front bumper of the car was ornamented with mesh which hints that there is going to be some huge air intakes in the bumper. The number of exhaust tips at the back has been increased to four as opposed to the last M340i model. Also, stiffer suspension setup is expected to be featured in the car to improve handling and to keep it agile while driving.
The manual stick shift is not a performance-bringer, because an automatic transmission is just faster, you can ask any race driver. But it gives the vehicle character and I kind of compare it to people who love mechanical watches; it isn’t more precise and it doesn’t have any advantage at all but it’s a character feature. So is a stick shift - Markus Flasch, M division boss
The M division boss, Markus Flasch revealed that the cars “will have a manual stick shift” which means that both the M3 and the M4 counterpart would retain its third pedal. He also revealed that the M3 and M4s will also be four-wheel drive. The BMW Blog has also mentioned that there will be two separate versions - one would come with the xDrive and automatic transmission, and another one will come with the RWD, and a choice between a manual and an automatic.