2020 BMW M3 G80 Spied For The Very First Time, Could Get AWD

A new BMW 3-Series prototype has now been spotted in public, wearing heavy camouflage, yet having noticeably wider fenders. Gotcha, M3!

Our marksman with the lens had very little time to take pictures of the car as it was driving by, but he did notice that aside from the fenders, nothing else looked different at the front.

As for the rest of the car, we can see what appear to be M side skirts, a small trunk lid spoiler and a set of quad-exhausts, which is actually what gave the car away – it made more noise than any regular 3-Series prototype seen so far.

According to sources, the 2020 M3 will be powered by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, utilizing the same water-injection system as the M4 GTS, sharing the latter’s power output of 493 HP (367 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm).

If this turns out to be true, it will make the new car significantly more powerful than the current M3, not to mention lighter and more Eco-friendly, if it does indeed adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid system and electrically spooled turbos.

Like its larger sibling, the M5, the all-new M3 is also expected to come with all-wheel drive, although rumor has it this is going to cost buyers extra and that it won’t be standard on the car. The system will likely be coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the six-speed manual may yet survive the generational shift, if only in rear-wheel drive variants. Grain of salt though.

The launch date for the 2020 M3 remains unknown. But since the all-new 3-Series will come out to play sometime next year, we could see the M-version make its presence felt either in late 2018 or sometime in 2019, the latter scenario being more probable.

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  • WG

    “G80″… Genesis came to my thought for a sec.

    • gor134

      Same here, except I thought if G70

    • DM

      So I’m not the only one haha. Crazy how the mind works.

    • roy

      My God G70 was the first thing that popped up in my mind

  • Roland Fairwater

    Now, this very well could be a new M3. However, there’s also a possibility that BMW will add a pseudo-M-car into the range, to slot between, say the 330i or 335i and the M3. Anybody for an M340i? It would be a great way to compete with cars like the Merc C43 and Audi S4 that aren’t as hard-core as the M3 or C63 or RS4 and fall in line with the rest of the range (just as the new X3/X4 come in an M40i model, and how the latest 5-Series is offered in 540i, M550i or M5 variants). Anybody see where I’m coming from?

    • lagunas3ca

      You have a good point. An M340i is fine with me as long as the quad exhaust remains only on the M3 guise. It can share those beautiful flares, just not the exhaust. Similar to the relationship between the E70 X5M and X50i (which brings up another similar point that you could also get the X35i with M Sport Package).

      • Honda NSX-R

        The M550i and the X35i M Sport don’t have quad exhausts so it’s likely that the M340i won’t have quad exhaust, that would be for the M3.

    • Dennis James

      Look at the front flared fenders. Those are typical to the M3 and will never be used on a lesser version. Also the rear single transversal exhaust drum is typical M3.

  • Dennis James

    AWD could put BMW back at the top of its game. The current M3/M4 has huge traction issues. Right now the Giulia Quadrifoglio is in the lead.

  • Vassilis

    The M3/4 needs a V8.

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