BMW M3 to finish production early


Do you know your NEDC from your WLTP? If not, then let us lure you into a lesson with the promise of a BMW M3 discussion too. NEDC is the New European Driving Cycle, which is how fuel consumption used to be measured in new cars; now cars are tested by the WLTP, or the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure. Stay with us now.

While still a lab-based test, WLTP aims to be more representative of actual driving than the old process, which was introduced in 1996. It was ushered in last year along with the new Real Driving Emissions classification, which does take place in the real world. Together they should provide more accurate MPG and CO2 figures for consumers, plus less scope for, um, manipulating the results...


What does this have to do with the BMW M3? Well, to make the current F80 WLTP compliant, the car would require a new filter - there's nothing more specific at the moment - and, given that would take a couple of months, BMW has deemed it not worthwhile to rehomologate the car for the time it has left on sale. Hence production will cease in August, ahead of a new 3 Series later this year and a new M3 quite soon after.

According to Autocar this doesn't apply to the M4 though, suggesting that it has longer left on sale and more of a wait before a 4 Series replacement arrives. Therefore it will receive the new filter and become ready for the WLTP test. It will be off sale for a couple of months while this happens.


It's worth noting too that the M4 comprehensively outsells the M3 in the UK, which could well have also influenced the decision. In 2017 BMW sold 3,100 M4s here, with 700 of those being Convertibles, but only 1,100 M3s found buyers in the same period.

With time running out to buy a new M3, the wealth of cars available secondhand (and right now) could prove tempting. Fortunately we know of a classifieds site with a few for sale... This Competition Pack is in a nice spec at less than £50k (with just eight miles), this red example is a rare manual and this white M3 is currently as cheap as the F80 gets, at £31,995. The choice is yours...

[Source: Autocar]

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  • jmcc500 05 Feb 2018

    GPF - required to deal with particulates.

    Not sure what is going on with the forums, this topic seemed to already be covered, so I deleted my response, but hey ho...

    Edited by jmcc500 on Monday 5th February 11:58

  • Ares 05 Feb 2018

    Another great car killed off prematurely to appease tree-huggers.

    What happened to regs only applying to newly released cars?

  • I-Mac 05 Feb 2018

    I do not often post on here.....but I feel I must. The quality of PH and PH articles has been going south for some time, but the slack journalism employed here seems to be the norm....The link to the "Manual" M3 turns out to be yet another DCT equipped car..... Come on PH...you need to pull your socks up. There is no excuse for this, and whilst the dealer may have listed the car incorrectly, a quick look at the pictures would have revealed all.....

  • BAM225 05 Feb 2018

    I-Mac said:
    I do not often post on here.....but I feel I must. The quality of PH and PH articles has been going south for some time, but the slack journalism employed here seems to be the norm....The link to the "Manual" M3 turns out to be yet another DCT equipped car..... Come on PH...you need to pull your socks up. There is no excuse for this, and whilst the dealer may have listed the car incorrectly, a quick look at the pictures would have revealed all.....
    Haymarket are interested in advertising, nothing else.

  • TooMany2cvs 05 Feb 2018

    Ares said:
    What happened to regs only applying to newly released cars?
    As per usual, changes apply to newly type-approved on one date, and to cars already on sale from a later date, usually a year later - WLTP-calculated emission figures applied to all new type-approvals from September last year, and will apply to all new registrations from September this year.

    The emission standards are the same, it's just the way of measuring that's changing - so the Euro6 M3/4 were clearly a narrow squeak through the old testing, and can't manage the new... Anybody'd think the map was rigged to recognise the test...

    The Autocar "source" explains that the M4 is also going off sale, but is just taking a brief break until it can meet Euro6 when WLTP-tested - but BMW simply aren't bothering with the M3, because the G20 is replacing the F30 soon enough that it's not worth it, while the 4-series isn't due for replacement yet.

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