BMW is prepping a brand new M3 and we should see it in person no later than in September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Like the latest 3-Series, the M-powered version will also look to serve as an overall improvement over its predecessor, starting with the way it looks.
Unlike most prototypes spied so far, this particular one appears to be wearing production-ready bodywork (bumpers, side skirts, fenders), and we can even see underneath the mesh cover at the front.
Does the G20 even lift, bro?
Apparently, it does, and the M3 version will easily stand out as a much more aggressive-looking car than the standard model, thanks not only to its flared fenders, chunky bumpers, side skirts and large wheels, but also a different grille design, which appears to feature a horizontal stripe pattern underneath the camouflage.
Not only that, but the pattern is also found underneath the kidney grille in the middle of the front bumper, which is extremely interesting because it either means that we’re looking at one absolutely massive grille, or that the overall design will give us the impression of looking at one large grille – seen as how there’s even less plastic between those two areas than before.
Faster and more efficient
BMW will reportedly use the same M xDrive all-wheel drive system that debuted in the latest M5 for the M3, which should make the latter quicker off the line, as well as a more capable all-season car.
Power is expected to come from a new twin turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be two available power outputs, with a base version churning out 473 HP (480 PS), while a more powerful Competition spec model will put down 503 HP (510 PS).
Several reports suggest that BMW will also introduce a third version with the code name ‘Pure’, expected to send all of its power exclusively to the rear axle using a six-speed manual transmission. Of course, take this with a grain of salt, because the automaker may very well decide that two versions are enough for the new M3.
Once in showrooms, the 2020 M3 will take its rightful place as a direct rival to the outgoing Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S models, which are also awaiting a generational shift.