All-New BMW M3 Looks And Sounds Like The Sports Sedan Of Your Dreams

The sixth generation M3 will be uncovered probably at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. In the meantime, the German car firm continues testing the sports sedan in different environments, including the (in)famous Nurburgring, where it was recently captured on film.

Still dressed in camouflage, like the previous prototypes caught on camera by our spy photographers, the 2020 M3 will get the usual beefed up body kit compared to the regular 3-Series. Additionally, it might get a very large grille, though the camo doesn’t allow us to confirm it just yet.

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Sportier looks aside, the Mercedes-AMG C63 challenger will get some significant upgrades, like the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. This will transform its handling and grip, making it more suitable for bad-weather driving as well – and will, of course, make it the first-ever AWD M3.

There are, however, reports of a more exciting rear-wheel drive variant that could be named ‘Pure’, which is also thought to use a six-speed manual transmission. Guess BMW knows what its customers like, and will pull a Porsche GT3 trick, satisfying both the masses, who opt for the DCT, as well as the purists, who wouldn’t have anything but a stick shift.

In any case, the new M3 will (like the M5 and M8) be launched in two versions, normal and Competition, with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six reportedly pumping out 480 PS (473 hp / 335 kW) and 510 PS (503 hp / 375 kW) respectively.

 

  • Honda NSX-R

    Here come all the commenters that’ll say that it doesn’t sound like the sports sedan of their dreams

    • Rahul Mandala

      Not just that, watch people moan about how this isn’t a modern E46 M3 or something. Like, I love old classic BMWs as much as the guy next to me, if not more, but the new M cars are also exciting and I can’t wait to see what they put out in terms of performance, responsiveness, etc.

    • ksegg

      Of which 50% probably never even driven a recent M car and experienced it for themselves, but just watched videos on it.

      As if videos can 100% represent what a car sounds like in real life.

  • GobbleUp

    Wait, where’s the part where you said it sounds good?
    It doesn’t.
    The m series has been irrelevant since the v8 went away.
    Might as well have the Tesla 3P since sound doesn’t matter and the 3 smokes it.

    Deal.

    • Mill0048

      Some would say the M3 has been irrelevant since the V8 was introduced. They aren’t bad cars by any measure, just not that interesting to me anymore.

      • Rahul Mandala

        While the classics were interesting and delivered thrill, emotion, etc. and the F80 may have had lost it’s touch, I say the new one is bound to be exciting and feel like a hoot to drive especially with the Pure version, where there is standard RWD and Manual with 450 HP all the way to the Competition Pack, where you have DCT and AWD with 500+ HP…

    • Gabe O

      calling it irrelevant just because it doesn’t have the engine that YOU personally prefer, is absurd and immediately discredits your opinion.

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