The more stringent Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) for fuel consumption and emissions, which replaces the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), has claimed a victim in the form of the F80 BMW M3. According to Autocar, production of the super sedan will end in August as it would not meet test requirements in its current form.

A spokesperson told the magazine that the M3 would need to be fitted with a particulate filter to be able to pass WLTP’s nitrogen oxide emissions limit. The subsequent rehomologation process would prevent an updated version from going on sale before the new G20 3 Series is introduced in October, so the M3 will be discontinued alongside the cooking F30 3 Series rather than staying on sale as with previous generations.

The more popular F82 and F83 M4 will be unaffected by this move, as production of the 4 Series will be continued into the following year. The hot version of the coupé and convertible will be taken off sale “for a couple of months,” while it is fitted with the new filter and recertified, before returning to showrooms.

Performance is said to be unaffected, so the 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six will continue to produce 431 hp and 550 Nm of torque, allowing the M4 to go from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.

While the F80 M3 will meet an early end, the next-generation G80 is set to be unveiled in 2020, powered by an updated version of the current engine. Output is expected to balloon by as much as 10% to 465 hp, sent to the rear wheels through either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.