Although it's several months away, the next generation M3 is seen here testing on the Nurburgring.
Thanks to the good people at Bimmerpost.com, we now have our first video of the next generation BMW M3 (F80) caught testing on the Nurburgring. Although we don't know exact power numbers for what's under the hood, the source is indicating that judging by the engine/exhaust note, it's powered by a six cylinder that'll be turbocharged. However, those sounds aren't final as the car hasn't been fully tuned just yet.
But the biggest point of speculation is the number and type of turbos that'll be used. More than likely, there'll at least be two or three and it's also possible to see the use of electric turbos.
But because BMW can't allow the next M3 to be less powerful than the current model, output is expected to be roughly 450hp. Overall weight will also be down and buyers will again have a choice between a conventional six-speed manual or the DCT dual-clutch. Some rumors have claimed that BMW will show a concept version of the next M3 at Geneva this March. The production version could arrive in European showrooms as early as next fall, but more than likely the official market launch won't be until sometime in early 2013. In the meantime, enjoy the video.