While its competitors are bringing out an onslaught of hardcore hothatches, BMW isn’t keen on entering the fray, neither does it want a four-cylinder model under its BMW M range, CarAdvice reports.

Although it already has the BMW M135i hatch with a twin scroll-turbocharged 3.0 litre six-cylinder making 326 hp and 450 Nm, the competition has much more to offer, including all-wheel drive. As a comparison, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 has a total of 381 hp and 475 Nm, the Audi RS3 Sportback with 367 PS and 465 Nm, while the Ford Focus RS has 350 PS and up to 470 Nm of torque.

Despite that, members from the M division told the portal that the hatchback segment isn’t necessarily one of the segments that it’s looking to enter. Furthermore, an all-wheel drive hot-hatch is far from what the brand wants, according to BMW M head of product management, Carsten Pries.


“As long as we have a rear-wheel drive basis, it matches so perfectly with what we want to bring across as an experience, as a feeling” Pries said, adding “motorsport is still rear-wheel-driven.” A six-cylinder engine is still very much something that the M division wants to keep alive, according to Pries.

To add to that, Pries said that a four-cylinder BMW M model is not what is expected of the company, neither is there a desire to have one. “I hope not. Because we obviously like in-line six-cylinder engines at BMW – they’re part of our DNA. They create a lot of excitement, they generate all the power you need, and also this hallmark sound that we have,” Pries said.

BMW M2 chief engineer Frank Isenberg concurred, but didn’t deny that it could happen eventually. “At the moment I would say no,” he said. “In five, eight years? I can’t say. I don’t believe, and I don’t hope. But as you’ve seen in the last couple of years, we’ve expanded to other cars – so it would be wrong to say no,” Isenberg concluded.