With the 2012 M5 set to go into production later this year, BMW brand fans will begin immediate speculation on the next M3. That car, unlike all of its predecessors, will be turbocharged.
Yes, the era of the naturally aspirated M cars is over, reports Autoblog. Currently the only NA model left in the M lineup is the high-performance 3 Series and it will be the last non-turbo M car claims a source inside BMW.
In the hunt for extra power, turbos can add thrust easily and recent innovations to eliminate turbo lag has significantly improved the driving feel. Plus, turbos can deliver those big performance numbers without the same level of environmental impact.
We'd be hard-pressed to turn down more power, but there's nothing like the feel of an NA motor under your right foot. When production on the current M3 finally does end, we'll be sure to pour out a hefeweizen on the nearest apex we can find.
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