ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR OWN

The Next BMW M3 Will Definitely Keep the Stick Shift Alive


August 6, 2019 Cars By

It’s official: The BMW M3, perhaps the ultimate driver’s car made by the Ultimate Driving Machine company, will keep a manual transmission option for the upcoming G80 generation debuting this fall. BMW M Division chairman Markus Flasch confirmed that, and other details, to Car Magazine in a recent interview.

BMW will power the M3 with the new S58 engine found in the X3 M and X4 M. It’s a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that will offer both a standard version (473 hp) and a Competition (503 hp) variant. Those M3s will get an eight-speed automatic. Those engines will be pair with either rear-wheel-drive or the same variable all-wheel-drive system in the X3 M and X4 M.

On top of that, the company is planning a to-be-named “pure” driver’s version of the M3 and M4 that will be cheaper, less powerful and offer a manual and rear-wheel-drive. Those cars will also have some unique detailing. Including the stick on the more powerful M3s would have required BMW to develop a new gearbox to handle the torque, which would have been expensive.

BMW’s “pure” M3 is a compromise; it stinks that the full-bore M3 won’t have its classic stick. But, BMW investing heavily in a new manual transmission was never a realistic option. A “pure” version is better than the probable alternative — which was not to have the option at all.

Today in Gear

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Detroit-based Motoring Staff Writer. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He kindly requests that you not bring up Michigan football.

More by Tyler Duffy | Follow on Facebook · Twitter · Contact via Email
Newsletter Sign-Up
Get the best new products, deals,
and stories in your inbox daily.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy to receive email correspondence from us.