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      09-09-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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Arrow Still Doubt BMW M3/M4 s55 Engine Will be Inline 6? Hear it From BMW NA CEO

Still Doubt BMW M3/M4 s55 Engine Will be Inline 6? Hear it From BMW NA CEO

Last year, Mr. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America, confirmed to us an inline 6 cylinder engine for the upcoming M3/M4, and we showed you spy photos of the engine. Despite these confirmations, stubborn rumors pop up periodically regarding a potential V6 configuration for the upcoming s55 engine.

If you needed any further convincing, now hear it from the BMW NA CEO himself (again). Speaking at an event that we are currently attending for the launch of the new X5 and 4 Series, Mr. Willisch references an inline engine for the M4 (and hence, M3), confirming he's really happy that "it is going to be a car that has the cylinders in one line." How would Mr. Willisch know? He was formerly the president of BMW M GmbH and the M4 was the last project we launched before moving on to head BMW NA. Listen to what he had to say:

Note: that is a 3 Series GT displayed behind Mr. Willisch.

To repeat our recent posts, technical specs have not yet been released for the M4, but we'll cover the first details in late September. For now, the specs we have collected from reliable sources, and from rumors/speculations can be seen in our M3/M4 compilation thread.

The production M4 coupe and M3 sedan will have simultaneous debuts at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit in January. Ordering will be available beginning in January-February and production begins in the March-May window. Expect deliveries by early Summer.

As for pricing? As we've alluded to before, just because the M4 Concept looks expensive doesn't mean that the M3/M4 will be priced with a much higher premium than the outgoing E9x M3. BMW is trying its best to hold pricing close to the outgoing M3, albeit with adjustments made to reflect additional standard equipment that the F80 M3 and F82 M4 will feature.

As always, stay up to date on the latest BMW M3 and M4 news and features @