Renderings: New BMW M3 based on 2012 3 Series Sedan

Spy Photos | October 17th, 2011 by 9
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Harold Wood, a member of F30post, delivers new renderings of what the new BMW M3 could look like. The photoshoped images are based on the …

Harold Wood, a member of F30post, delivers new renderings of what the new BMW M3 could look like. The photoshoped images are based on the recently unveiled 2012 3 Series sedan and bring forward some of the design cues an M car would showcase.

At the front, the rendered M3 features an aggressive and sporty bumper with large air intakes and the air curtain seen on the new 1M or M5 models.

On the side, the typical M gills remind us that we are looking at an M model.

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To complete the unique M look, the rendered car sits on M3 wheels, as seen on the current generation.

Due out in 2013, first in a sedan form, the M3 will be followed by M4 Coupe, the new naming convention that BMW contemplates using for the high-end sporty model of the 4 Series family.

BMW will continue to offer the new M3 in three body variants: sedan, coupe and convertible. Just a few weeks ago, our sources spoke to us on the naming convention of the new M3 and M4 offerings. The M3 sedan will carry the internal code F80, while the M4 coupe takes on the F82 code.

The powerplant for the next M3 remains a big mystery for the BMW community. Recently we learned that BMW has been testing different powerplants in M3 prototypes, from inline-six turbo engines, to a newly designed and unique V6, and even the current V8 naturally aspirated engine. A final decision is likely to have been made by now and we expect to see new test mules hitting the roads in the upcoming weeks and months as BMW prepares for the winter testing.

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9 responses to “Renderings: New BMW M3 based on 2012 3 Series Sedan”

  1. Giom says:

    That first render looks stunning!

  2. Jom Beam says:

    lights have to be different, and there’s too many renderings out there with LED strips for it NOT to be included.

  3. Manchester Man says:

    WOW damn it looks scary!

  4. Mateo says:

    looks cool but little less plastics and production model should be little less sharp.

    and of course, an BRAND NEW INLINE 6 naturally aspirated with redline at 8000-9000 rpm.
    some 400 hp and weight of some 1570 (like e46) to 1600 kg.
    wouldn’t that be just┬ámesmerizing!!!!!

  5. La Ma says:

    my bet is a 3.2 or 3.4l I6 TwinTurbo with about 430-440HP. Just enough to beat MB and Audi on their HP war-game.

    V6 ? nope, not going to happen for a while but I can see it in a future. Smaller, more compact and the future being only turbocharged, its a logical choice. cheaper to build, easier to place in a shorter car and can actually be designed on a same platform as the V8, it makes a lot of sense.

    the BMW engine future was explained in roundel/bimmer as they will introduce a family of engines soon. The engine will share some 60% of their parts between smaller and larger models.

    Diesels are making almost same HP and lot more torque then gas, so expect to see more and more diesel in Europe.

  6. Me says:

    THAT IS HOT!!!!

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