The BMW M3 and M4 are due for replacement in 2027-2028 or thereabouts. Now, there seems to be some uncertainty surrounding the powertrains of these future performance-oriented cars. On the one hand, it seems logical to opt for conventional ICE engines, but with the way BMW is expanding its all-electric range, it’s not a stretch to expect all-electric BMW M3s and M4s.
Electric BMW M3 and M4 are a possibility
According to BMW M CEO Frank van Meel, all-electric versions of the aforementioned cars are only possible if they can beat their ICE counterparts significantly. And while electric cars have come a long way, they still have some catching up to do in terms of performance.
Additionally, van Meel also commented on the powertrain of the upcoming BMW M3 and M4. There could be a gas or electric option, but not both. This means that the future M3 and M4 will not offer multiple powertrains. At the same time, BMW has not yet ruled out hybrid electrics.
Current generation BMW M3 and M4
Today, BMW offers the top-of-the-line BMW M3 and M4 with all-wheel drive and straight-six engines. These 3.0-liter twin-turbo engines develop 503 hp with a claimed 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is 180 mph.
In comparison, the all-electric BMW i4 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 km/h.
Source – Engine1