This particular prototype was sporting the optional dual-clutch transmission, but BMW will thankfully offer both the 2014 BMW M3 sedan and 2014 BMW M4 coupe with a stick shift.
Under the hood, the 2014 BMW M3 and 2014 BMW M4 coupe have ditched the 4.0-liter V8 engine of the outgoing M3 in favour of a new and more powerful 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six. Horsepower is up from 414hp in the BMW E92 M3, to 424hp in the new cars while the new BMW M3 and M4 now receive well over 369lb-ft of torque. That torque figure is without a doubt more important than the minor horsepower gain, with it being more than 25 per cent higher than the outgoing car.
Unfortunately, BMW has yet to release acceleration figures but there are not important compared to the next revelation. Both the 2014 BMW M3 and 2014 BMW M4 will come standard with a manual transmission as mentioned. This refutes numerous rumours suggesting that the new M-division cars would ditch the three pedals. Alternatively, the BMW M3 and M4 can be optioned with a seven-speed M double clutch transmission.
[Via Car News China]