Looks like the new M3 will borrow tech from the upcoming M8.
Just last week, we were treated to our best look yet at the new BMW M3's design details, revealing it will have a larger grille than its predecessor. And now we've been given a first look inside the performance sedan's overhauled interior thanks to these latest spy shots.
Unsurprisingly, the cabin is heavily inspired by the 3-Series and appears to feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with M-specific displays. This is also the same display BMW recently showed off in the new M8, so it seems likely the 2020 M3 will include BMW's new M Mode selector.
Elsewhere, the prototype has been equipped with Aluminum Tetragon trim, a three-spoke M steering wheel, and an 8.8-inch infotainment system. An optional 10.25-inch display should also be optional. The center console and gear selector have been covered up, so they could also receive some M-specific updates. This prototype appears to have an automatic transmission, but a manual option is also expected to be offered to keep enthusiasts happy.
While the previous M3 prototype was spotted loaded on a transporter, this one was photographed while stopping for fuel near the Nurburgring. Once again, the prototype is sporting a unique front bumper, five-spoke alloy wheels a high-performance braking system with gold calipers. A rear spoiler and quad exhaust system reaffirm this isn't a standard 3 Series.
According to reports, the new BMW M3 will pack a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine offered in three states of tune. A "Pure" model will reportedly have a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and an output of 444 horsepower to match the outgoing M3 Competition, while a "base version" will allegedly increase the output to 475 hp and come with an automatic transmission and AWD. The range-topping Competition model, on the other hand, is expected to produce 500 hp and only be available with an automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.
The next-generation BMW M3 is expected to make its world debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, but it will likely be revealed as a concept since production isn't expected to start until 2020 before sales reportedly kick off in the second half of next year.