F80 BMW M3 To Be Killed Off Early Thanks To New Emissions Test

'WLTP' has forced BMW's hand, with the German manufacturer having to cull the current M3 sooner than planned
F80 BMW M3 To Be Killed Off Early Thanks To New Emissions Test

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the current ‘F80’ BMW M3 will bow out much earlier than expected. This August, to be specific, and it’s a result of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or ‘WLTP’.

It’s a much more stringent test than the hilariously inaccurate ‘New European Driving Cycle’(NEDC) that’s been used by the industry for years, and while still lab-based, WLTP is supposed to more accurately reflect real driving conditions. NEDC on the other hand centres around an incredibly gentle driving routine you’d never be able to replicate IRL - that’s why downsized turbo engines tend to do so disproportionately well, because they’re generally off-boost for the whole damn thing.

It should come as no surprise then that the twin-turbo M3 - which manages a respectable 194g/km of CO2 and 34mpg combined according to official figures - doesn’t get on so well with WLTP. This, according to Autocar, has left BMW with no other choice but to take it off sale this year.

F80 BMW M3 To Be Killed Off Early Thanks To New Emissions Test

They could fit it with a petrol particulate filter, but it wouldn’t be possible to have the car re-homologated before the reveal of the all-new 3-series in October. With that in mind, BMW decided the best course of action was to merely kill it off ahead of schedule.

The M4 has the exact same ‘S55’ inline-six as the M3, but thanks to the younger 4-series range being on sale well into 2019, it’s escaped a similar fate to its four-doored brother. A BMW spokesperson told Autocar that the M4 will go off sale “for a couple of months” during the re-homologation period, after which it’ll be back in showrooms with its snazzy new filter.

It’s good to know that it is still possible for powerful performance cars to comply with the tougher regulations, but you’d best prepare yourselves now - we’re almost certain there’ll be more WLTP ‘casualties’ in the coming months.



That sucks. I loved the M3. Hope it comes back soon!

02/05/2018 - 16:06 |
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Rahul 1

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

It will, we should believe in ourselves

02/05/2018 - 16:08 |
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Manuel Kunz

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

It will come back but sadly not before 2020.

02/05/2018 - 16:22 |
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Jack the Car Guy

Press F to pay respects.

02/05/2018 - 16:06 |
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F times Infinity for being such a legend

02/05/2018 - 16:07 |
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Everything was better back in old days.

02/05/2018 - 16:11 |
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Rahul 1

Honestly, i’m trying so darn hard to not erupt in flames right now. All thanks to these clueless hippies running the Test and probably are part of the government. “Oh, I’m going to save the the world” looking faces

02/05/2018 - 16:11 |
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The TallDutchmen

In reply to by Rahul 1

All manufacturers have to follow the same rules, so just unlucky for BMW.

02/05/2018 - 17:28 |
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Then the government goes “Let’s ban all these ‘useless’ sportscars and use ‘economical’ Priuses and electric cars!”

02/11/2018 - 00:30 |
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02/05/2018 - 16:20 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal


02/05/2018 - 16:25 |
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Nishant Dash

Yeah! Now make it a hybrid with a CVT… FFS govts..

02/05/2018 - 16:27 |
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Hell yes. If it’s faster I ain’t complaining

02/06/2018 - 14:33 |
0 | 10

So whats gonna happen with the M2cs? It is supposed to get the same S55 engine…delay or same as M4?

02/05/2018 - 16:28 |
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In reply to by adis112

Most likely same as the M4. The M2 isn’t due to be replaced for a few years

02/05/2018 - 17:39 |
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“While the original story says that production of the current-generation F80 M3 will come to a halt this May thanks to tightening emissions regulations, a spokesperson told The Drive “There is no plan to stop the BMW M3 production this May. Production will conclude when the all-new model is being launched.””

02/05/2018 - 16:32 |
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Matt Kimberley

In reply to by [Flux]

We double-checked with BMW UK and they told us exactly what’s in the story above. Clearly different countries are being told different things.

02/12/2018 - 11:16 |
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Ian MacDonald

Its like the death of a grandparent, you know it could happen soon but it never really hits you until it becomes definite.

02/05/2018 - 16:35 |
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