A new version of the BMW M3 is on the way. Based on the G20-generation 3-Series that’s on sale now, the G80 M3 will feature more power, upgraded suspension, and—we now know for sure—a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. That confirmation comes from an official BMW video, which also shows the new M3 careening around the Nürburgring.
The video features a lot of commentary on the development of the newest M3, with an in-depth look at how BMW worked to improve the ABS and stability control systems to better cope with hard driving that approaches the limits of grip. As cars become faster and more powerful, advanced stability control systems that allow some slip while still protecting you have become more common.
Interestingly, they also note that they tried to smooth out the steering. “We put a lot of effort into eliminating disturbance from the steering system, such as the force generated by friction,” says an M3 development driver who’s only identified as Peter. “It’s a big task, but once we achieve it the result will be a vehicle that’s very easy to drive.”
Unless there’s some misunderstanding or miscommunication, then, it sounds like BMW actively chooses to tune out steering feel in favor of drivability. That’s a surprising admission from the company, but it makes sense that the consistent decline in BMW steering feel is, in fact, intentional. Hopefully that means the company still knows how to make good steering, even if it’s choosing not to for now. Until then, at least we can rest knowing the new M3 won’t have the monstrous grille that’s coming to the 4-Series.
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