BMW boss Markus Flasch has confirmed that the new M3 will offer both 480hp and 510hp.
Flasch, who heads the Germany company's M division, spoke to Car Magazine in a recent interview and revealed that the next G80 M3 will be fitted with the same twin-turbo six-cylinder from the X3 M and X4 M crossovers.
“The next BMW M3 will have the brand new S58 engine that we’re launching in the X3 M and X4 M,” he said. “It will have 480bhp in the standard version and 510bhp in the Competition version.
"Drivetrain-wise, think about the M5's all-wheel-drive system - we are able to put it in the M3 as well. It'll be very similar. But we will also do rear-wheel-drive cars, purer ones too and a manual stick shift."
This was all general knowledge over at BMW, but this is the first time it's been put on record.
Simply put, customers will have the option of choosing a 510hp all-wheel-drive or an entry-level 480hp rear-wheel-drive, while the manual transmission will be on offer for the lower-powered M3.
The report also notes that S58 is paired with a water-injection cooler system for high-combustion temperatures.
The manual M3 was branded "Pure" during manufacturing but Flasch says it was simply a working name. These models are believed to have restyled front and rear aprons, their own wheel design an optional signature paint job, bespoke fabric and Alcantara upholstery, color-coded cabin trim, and custom instrument graphics.
Additional M3s and M4s will launch in the form of CS and CSL variants later on. And Car Mag reports that a limited-edition CSL with a full-monty body kit, racing seats, and a huge rear wing is also on the way. All of these models are expected to be unveiled in 2021.