The new BMW M3 is getting a bold new look.
Since it debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show a few weeks ago, the BMW Concept 4 has proven to be divisive. The sleek-looking sedan concept previewed BMW's bold new design direction that will be applied to the new 4 Series, M3, and M4, incorporating an enormous grille similar in size to the kidney grilles found on the X7 and 7 Series.
Production models often look toned down compared to concept cars, but BMW believes its customers want bolder designs. As such, we're expecting the new M3 and M4's design cues to be inspired by the Concept 4.
A new prototype of the M3 has been spotted flexing its muscles at the Nurburgring, and while this isn't the first time we've seen the new M3 undergoing testing, some of the camouflage has been removed, giving us a better look at the grille.
As expected, the new M3 is sporting much bigger nostrils than the current model, giving the front fascia a more aggressive appearance than the regular 3 Series. At least you can't accuse BMW for playing things safe. Compared to the standard 3 Series, the new M3 will also sport more muscular fenders, a rear spoiler, and a quad exhaust system.
Under the hood, the new M3 will be powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six found in the X3 M and X4 M SUVs. Reports claim the base model will have 473 hp on tap, while the range-topping M3 Competition will allegedly crank out 503 hp. To please purists, the base M3 is expected to be offered with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, whereas the Competition version is expected to feature an all-wheel-drive system that can be switched to RWD like in the M5.
While this latest sighting suggests the new M3 could debut soon, it isn't expected to be shown until the middle of 2020 alongside the new M4 and go on sale as a 2021 model.