It's the closest we've come to the real deal.
The new BMW M3 and M4 have to be two of the most anticipated performance cars of 2020, and the good news is that the wait is nearly over. BMW has confirmed that the two models will be unveiled in September. We've been able to share some spy shots of the M3 and M4 after the pair were caught testing on the street, and it has been an interesting task comparing the two in terms of design, with the M3 adopting the classic four-door body style, while the M4 takes on a sleeker two-door sports coupe shape. Unfortunately, these cars have been covered in camouflage every time we've spotted them, but now for the first time, thanks to Kolesa, we get a better view of the M3.
The realistic renderings you see before you have had the swirly camo removed to give us a better picture of the four-door M3. This is still a very unofficial look, but it gives a much clearer picture of what we can expect to see in September.
What we can see from the outset is that opinion-splitting grille, which could play a significant part in the sales figures for the news car. Besides the questionable front-end, the rest of the car looks appropriately mean, and for the first time in the history of the 3 Series, the M3 will look significantly different from the non-performance range of cars. In the front, the car's fascia will feature large vertical "nostrils" which for the first time ever will feature horizontal crossbars instead of the typical vertical ones.
The headlights of the new M3 will be borrowed from the new 4 Series coupe, but the front bumper is totally unique and we dig the fact that the front bumper flares flow into the hood in a seamless way that ties the whole thing together.
Another feature that will separate the M3 even further from the base model is the flared front and rear wheel arches. Small air vents reside behind the front wheels and should be a functional feature. Around the side, we can see a set of prominent side skirts, and in the rear, the new M3 features a large and aggressive diffuser that houses quad tailpipes, and there are two vertical reflectors on either side. A small lip spoiler graces the trunk lid.
You can expect the new M3 to come fitted with an inline-six S58 engine which will churn out 480 horsepower or 510 hp in Competition spec. This engine already features in the current X3 M and X4 M. The car is expected to feature an eight-speed auto transmission with M Steptronic tech.