A prototype of the BMW M3 has been spotted having a workout at the Nurburgring sporting production headlights.
Last week, the all-new BMW 3 Series debuted at the 2018 Paris Motor Show improving on its predecessor in practically every way. But as impressive as it is, enthusiasts are now eagerly waiting for the brand new M3 to arrive. Render artists have envisioned what it will look like to help ease the wait, but our spies have caught the real deal undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. They also managed to grab a few closer shots of the new M3 as it was pulling into BMW M test center. Compared to our last look at the new M3, this prototype is wearing less camouflage, giving us a better look at the design details.
While the prototype spotted a few months ago was fitted with temporary lights, this latest version is sporting production headlights and taillights. As standard, the new 3 Series comes with full-LED headlights that seamlessly merge into the twin-kidney grille. It also has all the usual M3 hallmarks that distinguish it from the regular model, including wider wheel arches and quad exhaust tips, but the overall design is still well concealed.
Initially, the BMW will only sell the 330i in America but it will eventually be joined by the more potent M340i and M340i xDrive next year, which will pack 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque under the hood. As for the full-fat M3, reports suggest BMW will extract around 470-500 hp from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder unit, which will be mated to either a standard-fit six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic. It's difficult to guess when the new BMW M3 will break cover, but next year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September seems like a good bet one year after the regular model was unveiled.