According to an interview with BMW North America’s M Manager, Matt Russell, the next-gen M3 will not debut until next year. That’s because production of the current E92/E93 CoupÃ© and Convertible will remain active for all of 2012. That makes it virtually impossible for the F80/F82 M3 Sedan and CoupÃ© to be released for sale before mid-late 2013.
Russell also seemed to pour cold water over previous reports suggesting BMW would introduce an all-wheel drive F10 M5. “Some people have a concern that weâ€™re going to run into traction problems as horsepower number continues to go up and up. But this car just did a 3.7 second 0-60mph for Car and Driver on dusty Spanish roads so clearly it doesnâ€™t have much of a traction problem,” said Russell.
“I think once we get the car tested stateside, itâ€™ll go even faster. So weâ€™re running out of reasons to do AWD. We’re in no rush to put AWD on M cars.”
Other topics covered include discussion on the US allocation of the 1M, the introduction of an M6 and also a very brief comment on the introduction of diesel-powered M product going on sale in the US. Follow the source link to read the full interview.