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BMW To Axe M3 Sedan – 3-Series GT To Come In 2013

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BMW will be cancelling the BMW M3 Sedan once the new F30 3-Series is released between 2012 to 2014. The new M3 to be introduced will be in coupe and convertible forms and both have a 3.0-liter inline 6 cylinder twin turbo engine pumping out 450 horsepower.

Automobile magazine reported this information along with speculation that a new 3-Series GT (Gran Turismo – similar to the bigger 5-Series GT) model to be introduced in March 2013. The GT 3-Series will be one of five body styles for the 3-Series line-up. This will be the most variants offered in the 3-Series trim including a wagon, sedan, coupe and convertible.

As the rumor mill has only initiated about the new 3-Series lineup, there is additional speculation that a 6th version of the 3 in the form of a 3-door “shooting brake” wagon which would enter BMW into a completely new segment altogether. No conformations have been made yet for this move although since BMW has plans to produce front-wheel drive vehicles, I would not be too surprised about this particular move.

New for 3-Series vehicles will be upgraded 4-cylindar engines to start off the European lineup with a 1.6-liter 136-hp on up to a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel.

[source: automobilemag]


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