Performance is the name of the BMW game and along with the M1 and M2, an M3 that’s mightier than ever, and even an M4, are all on the way…

Performance is the name of the BMW game and along with the M1 and M2, an M3 that’s mightier than ever, and even an M4, are all on the way…

The M3 will arrive with a gigantic 4,0-litre 298 kW V8 engine which will make it the first V-powered engine since this model debuted in the ‘80s. Enough to give the machine a sub-five second zero to 100 km/h time, has claimed the speed will be limited to 250 km/h.

Easier to distinguish from ordinary the 3 Series, the M will come with a large front bumper, an airdam across the front and standard 20-inch alloy wheels fitted into its bulging wheelarches.

In line with BMW’s new naming policy, the coupé and cabriolet versions will probably be called the M4 and also feature the V8 sound in the saloon model.

Expected too are superquick CSL versions of the M3 and M4 that will remain lightweight thanks to the addition of aluminium panels and carbon-fibre trim and the removal of heavy components. The M3 is expected to appear late in 2005 with the M4 and CSL versions to appear in 2006.