Our spies have caught the new sixth-generation M3 out in the snow during winter testing.
The BMW M3 is undoubtedly an excellent performance sedan and a model name with plenty of pedigree, but it’s faced tough competition in recent years from the likes of the beloved Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Purists have also flocked to the lighter, more driver-focused BMW M2 that harks back to some of BMW’s best M cars from yesteryear, while the confirmation that an M2 Gran Coupe is coming arguably makes the current M3 even less relevant. Fear not, however, because an all-new sixth-generation BMW M3 is arriving in a couple of years.
Based on a modified version of the G20 3 Series chassis, our spy photographers recently caught a camouflaged test mule out in the cold during winter testing, providing our best look yet at the brand new BMW M3. Details about the all-new M3 are scarce for now, and while the camouflage conceals the details on the prototype’s body, the signature M3 Competition Package wheels, massive front air intakes and quad exhausts indicate that we’re looking at BMW’s latest M3. Everything is well hidden, though, so it’s difficult to deduce the size of the headlights, grille and rear taillights to get an idea of the performance sedan's design direction.
Reports suggest that the M3 will still be powered by a conventional combustion engine in the form of an upgraded version of BMW M’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder unit mated to either a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic. Power will most likely be around 470 to 500 horsepower compared to the standard version of the current M3 which produces 425 hp. Like the new M5, the next-gen M3 could also adopt its larger siblings xDrive all-wheel drive system. As for when it will be revealed, reports suggest we’ll see the sixth-generation BMW M3 make its public debut at Frankfurt in September 2019.