Because the late ’80s, the BMW M3 has been among the many most iconic vehicles on the earth. Porsche 911, Ford Mustang, BMW M3. These are the giants on the earth of vehicles. Automobiles just like the M3, with a lot heritage and model status, have very sturdy followings and the concept of these vehicles altering actually freaks out their followers. For example, when the Porsche 911 switched to liquid-cooling, 911 purists misplaced their collective minds. Now, there’s a very good risk that the next-gen BMW M3/M4 would possibly very effectively include xDrive all-wheel drive as an choice. Would this be a step too far or would this be a welcome addition?
The brand new F90-generation BMW M5 is the primary non-SUV BMW M automotive to get all-wheel drive. At first, BMW followers have been skeptical and nervous that BMW was turning into an excessive amount of like Audi. After seeing that its all-wheel drive system helps it to be the quickest BMW of all time and that it could possibly utterly change its entrance axle off, followers have come to understand an all-wheel M5. Nevertheless, all-wheel drive appears to make a bit extra sense in one thing like an M5. It’s larger, heavier, extra highly effective and extra luxury-oriented than the M3, so it’s extra forgivable to energy all 4 wheels.
As for the BMW M3, although, it has such a wealthy motorsport heritage and historical past of being rear-wheel drive solely that making the change might actually upset the fanbase, no matter its outcomes. The M3 has all the time been about extra than simply efficiency. Dealing with dynamics, pleasure and driver thrills have been all the time speculated to be the principle issues of the M3, not simply what numbers it could possibly create on a stat sheet. So the concept of taking that rear-drive nature, with the entire smokey skids that accompany it, away from the M3 appears a bit blasphemous.
Nevertheless, there’s a flip-side to that, in fact. Whereas the M3 has historically been about extra than simply efficiency numbers, it appears as if the M3 is beginning to head down a distinct path. The brand new F80-generation BMW M3 is extra technically spectacular than another mannequin earlier than it, quicker and much more succesful. However what it brings in efficiency, it loses in driving engagement, the very stuff that all the time made the M3 nice.
So if the brand new M3 has already misplaced a few of that engagement, that fizz that all of us liked from older M3s, what’s the hurt in making an all-wheel drive one? The truth is, there could possibly be large upside to an M3 xDrive. BMW M’s xDrive system could be permit M3 house owners to have their cake and eat it, too, identical to the brand new M5. It might present the M3 with superior traction, which might give it blistering efficiency and type of unlock some untapped potential of its torquey engine. It might additionally permit the BMW M3 to be a greater every day driver even in tough winter climates and compete with the Audi RS4 in snowy months. Plus, on the flip of a change, it could possibly regain its rear-wheel drive, tire-smoking perspective.
After the opportunity of an all-wheel drive M3 realistically, it’s laborious to argue towards it. It simply makes a lot sense, logically, as it might permit followers to have a rear-wheel drive automotive when they need one and an all-wheel drive automotive once they want one. The one argument towards a BMW M3 xDrive is an emotional one. Whereas we actually perceive that emotional argument, as heritage is a big a part of the M3’s appeal, we’re coming round on the concept of an all-wheel drive M3. Would we purchase one? Sure, we might. However would you?