Spy Photos: 2013 BMW M3 Sedan

Spy Photos | October 19th, 2011 by 10
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The upcoming 2013 BMW M3 Sedan was spied near Nurburgring race track. The test prototype showcases the typical M3 with a wide track, M front …

The upcoming 2013 BMW M3 Sedan was spied near Nurburgring race track. The test prototype showcases the typical M3 with a wide track, M front bumper, square LED headlights, large brakes and the signature four exhaust pipes at the rear.

Due out in 2013, the M3 Sedan will be followed by the 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.

Spy Photos: 2013 BMW M3 Sedan

The design of the 2013 BMW M3 Sedan builds atop the newly unveiled F30 3 Series and will incorporate the typical M design cues. The biggest change within the M3 family will come this time from the engine offering. Same sources stated that for the past year 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.

We also recently learned that the V6 tested is a 3.3 liter BiTurbo engine with around 450 horsepower.

The new 2013 BMW M3 will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2012.

Spy Photos: 2013 BMW M3 Sedan

[Photos by Gavin Bremner ]

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  • Mateo

    -We also recently learned that the V6 tested is a 3.3 liter BiTurbo engine with around 450 horsepower.-

    well, that’s the engine. when i read in old automagazine :

    …we heard bmw prepares V10 for new m5 (e60)…

    it was true

    when i read on bmwblog :

    ….m5 (f10) will probably get 4.4 B8 twin turbo…..

    it was true

    and now i see on bmwblog :

    ….V6 3.3…..

    i’m shure it’s true unfortunatley

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    straight 6 or V6 who cares ?  The V6 makes a lot of sense in a term that they want to use a family of engines. 
    They want to share 40-60 % of engine parts between models. With the V8 making good HP and reliable, it makes sense to cut a pair of cylinders off and use it as a V6.
    Also the TT application is better packed with the V6 configuration then the I6 was.  It was inevitable from the moment the first V8 TT made the cut.  BMW wants to share their engines with other makes to maximize their production profit. With many car companies building FWD cars, they must have a V6 configuration which can be used for both RWD and FWD.
    Also for a lot of people the V6 TT is almost as good as a V8… :-)

    Lets not forget that the V6 is cheaper to build and easier to pack into smaller cars.  Also it is lighter construction !

    Lately BMW has been focusing on the followings :
    - less expensive solution
    - less fuel consumption
    - lower emissions
    - lighter parts
    - easier production, able to share between models and sell in higher numbers thus maximizing profit

    unfortunately the longevity and durability are not on their top priority but it will come soon.

    I don’t see a problem with the V6 engine in general, I’m more troubled with the fact that soon 100% of BMW engines will be Turbo charged.
    They can be pretty good and very dynamic, I’m not a fan of them.  I like the normally aspirated engines better and I prefer them both on track and on street.

    • Mads Daugbjerg

      I don’t think it’s cheaper to build. You have to duplicate valve gears and camshafts. 
      I think it comes down to packaging. And it’s nearly impossible to use an I6 in a FWD car.

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  • Viper

    thats funny a v6 in a bmw….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EJ6URKRKDJRWM76IDT2DHX366A Jom Beam

    Who cares? Is the M Badge going to be big enough for that guy behind me, that could only afford a 328, to see?

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