That's a whole lotta grille.
The forthcoming G80 BMW M3 has been spied again, with a Bimmerpost forum user by the name of F80MJM3 uploading a snap of the car's front end without any camouflage, and it's as we've feared: the new M3 appears destined to get an oversized bucktooth kidney grille design like much of the rest of BMW's lineup.
The grille looks much like the one on BMW's Concept 4 unveiled last September, and no matter how much flak BMW takes for its new corporate grille design trend, those grilles don't seem to be going away any time soon.
But how do we know that the image uploaded is indeed a shot of the BMW M3? We don't, but everything points to that being the case. For starters, the grille design looks identical to that seen in an earlier alleged BMW 4 Series, taken of a preproduction car at a BMW assembly plant. For another, the hood in this latest spy shot looks identical to the one whose likeness leaked last month.
And for what it's worth, the black and white photo courtesy of Bimmerpost could easily have been taken at a closed-doors event like a dealer preview, which would certainly explain the pic's rushed quality.
The G80 BMW M3 isn't expected to bow until this September, ahead of customer deliveries starting in early-2021, despite already being production-ready. The sports sedan is expected to offer both manual and automatic transmission options, and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. Power will come from BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0L S58 inline-six, which puts out 473 horsepower in the current X3 M and X4 M.
Will that be enough to distract potential buyers from the M3's, erm, "distinctive" face? That's hard to say. But keep in mind that many bold car designs from throughout history have been polarizing at the start, only winning wider support some time after introduction, and plenty of cars look far better in person than on camera. Hopefully, the G80 M3 is one of them.