BMW recently held its BMW M Power Days 2021 virtual media event talking about the M brand’s new high-performance cars such as the all-new BMW M3 and M4, along with the 4 Series Convertible. While most of the event was focused on these three new vehicles, we were also interested in the future of BMW M, especially in the midst of electrification.
Throughout most of its history, BMW M has been primarily known for its high-revving naturally-aspirated inline-6, V8 and even a V10 engine in the E60 generation M5 and E63 generation M6. As emission regulations and fuel economy requirements grew more stringent around the world, the German luxury automaker began downsizing towards turbocharged V8s and turbocharged inline-6 engines. Nevertheless, the inline-6 became part of BMW M’s identity, gracing the hoods of the E46 generation M3 and the current G80 generation M3 and G83 generation M4.
With Mercedes-Benz announcing that the all-new 2022 C-Class officially ditching V6 and V8 engines in favor of an entirely four-cylinder engine lineup with varying degrees of electrification, this made us wonder how long BMW M will stick to internal combustion engines and more so, its iconic line of inline-6 engines.
According to Martin Schleypen, Product Communications at BMW M, the company will definitely keep its internal combustion engines for as long as possible. Additionally, for as long as there will be demand from the consumer side, BMW M will still continue offering combustion engines.
With emission regulations getting stricter by the minute globally, it is expected that there will be radical changes to these engines in order to keep up with the times. As expected there will be varying degrees of electrification, from mild-hybrid technology to plug-in hybrids. Despite these, BMW M will stick to offering its inline-6 and V8 engines for as long as possible.
The recently-launched all-new 2021 BMW M3 and M4 continue powered by a new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 gasoline engine that puts out 473 hp and 598 Nm of torque in standard form. On the other hand, the M3 and M4 Competition’s engine produces 503 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 kph in the M3 and M4 is achieved in just 4.1 seconds while the Competition variants are even faster to the century mark at 3.8 seconds.
In contrast, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be ditching the V6 and V8 engine for the AMG variants in favor of electrified four-cylinder engines. Naturally, this has disappointed a lot of AMG fans, especially since the brand is known for its stonkingly-powerful and torquey V8 engines.
A 6-speed manual is offered as standard, while an 8-speed automatic will be an optional extra. Though due to the high-torque nature of the M3 and M4 Competition, only the 8-speed automatic will be available.