This is pretty close to what we think it will look like.
At the 2019 Frankfurt Show, BMW previewed its future design direction with the Concept 4, confirming our suspicions that the next-generation 4 Series, M3, and M4 will get significantly larger kidney grilles. The styling has been divisive, to say the least, but you better get used to it because BMW claims most of its customers want their cars to have bold design changes.
The new M3 and M4 won't debut until next year, but to ease the wait render artist Andrei Avarvarii has envisioned what the 2020 BMW M4 will look like based on the Concept 4 and spy shots of prototypes.
Like the concept, the rendered BMW M4 has a massive kidney grille that gives the front fascia a radically different appearance to the current model. It may be an acquired taste, but it does make the M4 look more menacing. Elsewhere, the artist has added BMW Competition wheels, black inserts in the air intakes, a sculpted hood, and a front spoiler lip to improve downforce.
Power will be sourced from the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six found in the X3 M and X4 M SUVs and will be available in various states of tune.
Reports claim the base M3 and M4 models will have 473 horsepower on tap and will only be offered with rear-wheel drive, while the range-topping Competition models will be cranked up to 503 horsepower and feature all-wheel-drive system that can be switched to rear-wheel drive like in the M5.
Mercifully, Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M, has confirmed a manual transmission will be available for the new M3 and M4, but it might only be available for the purist-pleasing base models. When can we expect the new M3 and M4 to break cover? Both models will reportedly arrive in the middle of 2020 before going on sale for the 2021 model year.