Originally Posted by Sedan_Clan
Really? Wow! You must have been floored
when the V8 M3 came out.
Actually, when you look at the angles of the cylinder banks in V configurations, the V8 is a balanced proposition while the V6 is not. I was not floored when the E9x M3 came out with a stellar V8 as BMW has been building fantastic 8 cylinders for years.
The V6 is certainly more compact from a packaging standpoint, that's why FWD cars adopted it back in the day.
In the end, if anyone can build a fantastic engine, it's BMW. And I will still be surprised by them abandoning the balance and expertise they have in the I6. A larger displacement, updated twin turbo I6 with a lighter overall body weight would suit the next M3. While a 3.5L V6 is eluded to above, I'll still have to wait and see. In the era of FWD BMWs and the loss of steering feel for 1mpg in the F25 and F10, I'm open to surprises from the blue and white propeller.
-2012 BMW 328i (E91): Tasman Green, Oyster Leather, Premium & Sport, 6-speed Auto; 6/26/2012-
-2006 BMW 325i (E90): Arctic, Grey Leather, Premium, 6-speed Auto; 7/2009 - 5/2012
-2004 MINI Cooper (R50): Indi Blue w/White Top, Black Leatherette, Cold Weather, 5-speed Manual; 1/2/2004