Unlike Richard Branson’s time machine, we’re pretty sure Inside Line‘s story declaring that the 2014 BMW M3 will be powered by a V6 isn’t supposed to be an early April Fools’ Day joke. Unfortunately, that means either the folks at Inside Line are really gullible, or BMW is about to introduce their first V6 in what just might be the most controversial place to do it.
To be fair, IL‘s report is pretty comprehensive. They claim to have spoken to a BMW insider, who reportedly says the brand is building a 3.0 liter 90 degree V6 with dual twin-scroll turbos nestled in the V, just as in the F10 M5’s V8. The 2014 M3’s new V6 will supposedly make around 429 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque—which, combined with a weight savings of around 75 pounds over the outgoing car, should make the new M3 at least slightly faster than its E92 equivalent.
Speaking of internal code names, the new M3 will reportedly get its own separate code to differentiate it from the regular 3 Series; the M3 will supposedly be known as the F80 (for the sedan) and the F82 (for the coupe and convertible, but we’d expect them to go by F82 and F83 respectively). It’ll purportedly drop in early 2014, complete with six-speed manual and seven speed dual-clutch gearbox choices . It all sounds reasonable…but we still find it hard to believe BMW would give up on all these decades of inline-sixes for an engine that doesn’t sound that much more remarkable than the outgoing naturally-aspirated V8. We’re sticking with our belief that it’ll show up with a tri-turbo inline-six. [via Inside Line]