BMW M3 EV Unveils a Sporty Take on Neue Klasse

Recently, BMW registered the “iM3” trademark with Germany’s DPMA and the European UIPO, sparking interest. M division’s head, Frank van Meel, quickly dismissed speculations about the first electric M3 using this name. Regardless of its name, this anticipated sports sedan will take cues from the Vision Neue Klasse, revealed last September.

An M3 EV is on the horizon, confirmed by BMW’s Head of Development, Frank Weber. It’s unclear whether it will immediately replace the traditional M3 or coexist alongside it for some time. Avarvarii’s latest speculative rendering dresses this design in classic M attire. It features an M3 badging and a sleek, matte Frozen grey finish.

The electric M3, in contrast to the Vision Neue Klasse, features standard side mirrors, door handles, and a more production-ready bumper. Its wide grille has been tweaked for a more realistic road-going appearance, and it now includes a traditional B-pillar. This model comes with a trunk lid spoiler and a lower sports suspension. This also includes wheels inspired by current M products – all typical elements of an M3.

The “ZA0,” BMW’s inaugural all-electric M car, is anticipated to boast around 700 horsepower. We expect multiple variants with differing performances in line with BMW’s strategy. Single- and dual-motor setups will cater to rear- and all-wheel-drive systems. Meanwhile, the M division is experimenting with a quad-motor version of the i4 M50, though this configuration is unlikely to feature in the M3 EV anytime soon.

BMW’s thrilling Neue Klasse platform will debut with the next-gen iX3, entering production in 2025. Following closely will be an i3 Sedan, and both models are set to receive the high-performance M treatment. Reports suggest that BMW has already decided to produce M versions of the X4 and the upcoming i3 Touring, an electric-only vehicle.

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