Would you go for yellow or white?
The 2021 BMW M3 Sedan finally debuted this week, sporting a lovely new launch color called Isle of Man Green. Its two-door sibling, the M4 Coupe, arrived wearing a bolder hue called Sao Paolo Yellow, which is also available on the four-door M3 model. We have finally passed the spy shot phase with the M3, but our photographers recently spotted two near-production prototypes driving around.
BMW is likely performing final tests before the M3 goes on sale, but this gives us an excellent opportunity to see the car out in the real world, not in glossy, touched-up press photos. The images also give us our first full, non-camouflaged look at the car in different colors besides green.
The first M3 wears a familiar color, the bright Sao Paulo Yellow hue, first shown on the M4. We think the four-door M3 is best optioned with a slightly less aggressive paint job, as sedan owners rarely want their family vehicle to stick out like a sore thumb. Those who are seeking a more stealthy look should probably opt for Alpine White. This shade is far less in-your-face and almost makes the M3 blend into the background like an ordinary 3 Series.
Other color options for the M3 and M4 include Black Sapphire, Dravit Grey, Portimao Blue, Tanzanite Blue, and Toronto Red. Isle Of Man Green Metallic is still our favorite option that we've seen so far, but we're sure that new BMW Individual Paint options will come along and top it.
As for the wheels, the Sao Paulo Yellow wears the black Competition wheels, sized 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear. The Alpine White car has the two-tone silver and black wheels, which better reveal the intricate forged spoke design pattern. You may also spot that the white car has black mirror caps and a black rear spoiler, while the yellow car has these items finished in body color.
The grille is by far the most significant talking point on the new M3, but seeing it out on the road with a European license plate, we don't think it's too distracting. BMW says the increased grille size is functional to keep the engine cool, so why not give the company a pass and enjoy the rest of the car?