Oh, No, Is The 2020 BMW M3 Sedan Going To Suffer From Gigantic Nostrils Too?

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.

Also read: 2020 BMW M3 To Feature Switchable AWD and Auto Box

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).

Pure luck?

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.

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  • BlackPegasus

    I don’t mind the larger grill. It gives the 7 series more road presence. If done tactfully, the same can be done for the M3.

    • no25

      I think it works for the X7 but not the 7 Series. At all. Looks horrendous.


  • MIL1234

    the last big inhale before the death of the internal combustion engine

    • UnapolMisanth

      Oh it’s not dying anytime soon. The only thing “dying” is access to them.

      Do not get distracted in semantics. It is individual access to your own car that they are working to kill.

      This means no ICE cars that the average individual can own and operate…also, no electric cars, flying cars, amphibious vehicles, gerbil-powered, whatever..

      My advice? Drive whatever vehicle gives you joy now, because eventually that activity will be restricted to operating systems and persons of substantial means.

      Often when we take choice for granted (i.e. “I have made a conscientious decision to drive a BEV!”) we end up with no choices at all…

  • john1168

    Hopefully we’re looking at a new type of camouflage that’s trying to trick us into thinking the grille looks one way but will look another when revealed. Maybe it’s a very open mesh screen on the outside with a tighter mesh on the inside with a printed pattern of giant nostrils. I HATE the giant nostrils on the 7 and I really don’t think it would translate well on the 3. They would just be too big for a small car. This car will need a lot of cooling air for the engine but I don’t think this is the way to do it.

  • Bash

    Soon all of them will have that gigantic nostrils.

    • john1168

      yay :/


    • Mr. EP9

      Elegance has been on hiatus for a while now.

  • Matt

    ‘No sense of design’? The ‘nostrils’ are part of BMW’s heritage – if you don’t like them then too bad.

  • Cobrajet

    The grill won’t be bigger, the new pattern will just make it look as if it would.

  • Sybill Julian

    everyone is hating it and bmw keeps making it

    • Matt

      Because the people hating it can’t afford one anyway…

      • Puddingpopper

        You can’t buy class

  • getoffme

    So much btching from people who cannot afford one.

  • Ben

    I believe the medical term is Enlarged Kidneys.

  • Matt

    The Lexus grille is still ugly though, no amount of bashing BMW will change that.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    Don’t trust them big nostrils ovah yondahhh! Suck up so much air it’ll make wondahhh!

  • john1168

    Horizontal fins/slats in the front grille? I highly doubt that’s gonna happen.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    Same lol

  • Gareth Williams

    Not sure why the artist assumed the bottom vents would be included in the kidney grills. It probably won’t look that different to the non-M G20.

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