Unlike the previous M3 range, which only consisted of a coupe and cabriolet, the upcoming line-up will include a four-door sedan and a Touring (estate) too.
Not since the E36 3 Series range was there a four-door M3 but as we reported before, BMW is on track to bring this derivative back to rival cars such as the Audi RS4. It is like to be the first M3 model to break cover too - perhaps as early as next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The coupe and convertible M3s will probably be launched, along with the mainstream 3-Series coupe and drop-top, at next year's Geneva Motor Show.
There is no doubt that the next M3, will be the hottest performance 3 Series too. It will come with a new lightweight V8 producing about 295 kW using the latest dual-VANOS variable valve timing system and BMW's SMG transmission will be standard. .
Insiders say that BMW is implementing new engine build technology to keep the weight of the power train on par with that of the E46 M3.