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2014 BMW M3 Spy Video

Spy Photos | November 9th, 2011 by 14
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A new spy video of the 2014 BMW M3 surfaces on the interwebs. As seen in previous spy shots and videos, the M3 sedan sports …

A new spy video of the 2014 BMW M3 surfaces on the interwebs. As seen in previous spy shots and videos, the M3 sedan sports the typical wide track, an M front bumper, full LED headlights, and the signature four exhaust pipes at the rear.

The design of the 2014 BMW M3 Sedan builds atop the newly unveiled F30 3 Series and will incorporate the typical M design cues, both on the inside and outside. Update: BMWNA says the 2013 BMW M3 Sedan will continue to use the E90 platform. The redesigned M3 comes to market as a 2014 model.

Hidden underneath the psychedelic camouflage lay aerodynamic elements, along with convex and concave panels, reinforce once again the “Motorsport” in the badge.

2014 BMW M3 Spy Video

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.

Judging by the engine sound featured in the video below, the M3 prototype does not have the V8 powerplant under the hood, but rather a six-cylinder unit.

Our sources say 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.

What will be the final powerplant choice? We are inclined to believe that BMW will indeed push the envelope with a special V6 engine that might utilize three turbochargers. The engine should produce around 450 horsepower.

[Video: InsideLine ]

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  • Asim Quraishi

    To me it sounds like an inline-6 turbocharged engine. I can not say from the sound that its got a v6 engine. Also I would like to see bmw continuing with the iconic, trademark inline-6 engines not matter what. I do not mind if it gets a turbo or not. However, bmw should keep their uniqueness and the authenticity of straight 6 engines from their rivals.

    • LaMa

       V6 is more compact, easier to place in the smaller cars, cheaper to build, better for turbocharging (especially a multiple turbo’s), offers smoother more balanced operation, etc. etc.
      There is virtually no reason BMW should NOT do the V6.  If I can guess their V6 and V8’s will share many elements and they will be a very similar engines. not neccessary the current V8, the new V6 might be the 1st new generation engines.
      I bet the next gen 4 cylinder and this V6 will also share some parts. This is the future, to build on platform, make the engines/cars share more parts, so the cost of development and manufacturing can be further reduced.
      Its not entirely bad idea at all, in fact I love this idea.  This should have been done a long time ago with most manufacturers. GM tried it, as they had their 80’s and 90’s 350 V8, they created a 305 and then a 262 V6 out of the V8. It was the famous 4.3 which was a very solid, reliable engine. HP ratings weren’t bad for the time being, 250-275 from the 5.7L v8 and 190-210HP from the 4.3 V6

      The new line of BMW engines will be on a sharing platform idea and having a 4 cyl a straight 6 and a V8 does not make sense.  so V6 is a future and frankly I don’t mind it at all. I’m sure it will be awesome !

      • Mateo

        ofcourse, – so the cost of development and manufacturing can be further reduced. –

        so why new M5 costs 10.200 euros more than E60 which had its own engine and gearbox??? not to mention platform, old E60 weight was way less than F10 which is like a mini 7.

        if reducing cost is theme, why new cars are more expensive???

        • Alex

          because they’re not interested in offering you a cheaper product,they are interested in reducing their cost to make more money. The F10 M5 comes with more spec than the e60. I might not be  a native speaker of English but I think you have a problem with “way less”. Way less would be 200+kg, not 90kg. M-engineers try to keep weight the same as the previous model but give more power and better handling as they know that with new regulations and options the cars are going to be heavier

      • wazon

        “offers smoother more balanced operation”? What do you mean by this? If you mean that V6 runs smoother than inline6, you are just obviously wrong: odd number of cylidenrs always generate harsh run and cause changing centre of gravity of running engine. V6 is no exception here. Smothness of running and smothness of power delivery is the reason for which BMW should keep inline 6 under M3 hood. So, it’s not the case that there are virtually no reasons to keep inline6. 

        As for costs reducing, I’m not sure whether you’ve noticed few things. The frame geometry of F30 is designed to fit with inline6, while keeping 50/50 weight distribution, in N53 engine BMW has a great basis for developing 450hp inline 6 for new M3 and – as some facts indicate – they work on at least since 1M was developed. Virtually, they already have frame for inline6 and inline6 itself. Taking these, how is developing and applying of V6 supposed to be costs saver in these circumstances? Because the V6 engine is cheaper to build? Tha’s true, but costs of developing wholly new engine are always much higher than modyfying existing one. It doesn’t matter that it could share parts with V8, it’s still wholly new engine, since there is a need for finding new solutions that one just cannot copy from V8, i.e. crankshaft, turbocharging system and ingnition order need to be developed from the very beginning.

        As for shaing parts between inline 4 and V6, well… which parts? inline 6 have a way much more in common with inline 4 than V6 with inline 4. Virtually one can get inline4 by cutting out two cylinders from inline6. On the other hand, the only parts that V6 share with inline4 are pistons and perhaps heads (cut by one cylinder for V6). Taking this it seems cheaper to produce both related inline6 and inline4 than producing inline4 and V6. I totally disaegree with the way you see the developement of BMW in future. I bet that future 5-er won’t be offered with V8 engines at all. Inline6 will be at the very top, even M5 will be featured with some high-performance version of it. 3-er will back to inline4 tradition and most likely even M3 will equipped with inline4 either. V8 will be keep for 7-er. Why do I believe that inline6 will still be BMW’s engine? Well, the answer is pretty simple: Thanks to sharing number of parts with inline4 it will allow for costs saving, greater than producing inline4 and V6 on their own. Taking this broader view on the matter, I find informations of V6 to be installed in M3 as credible as M5 xDrive, which was rumored some time ago.

        BTW, the engine at the video sounds like inline6.

        • Asim Quraishi

          I absolutely agree with your view. I think BMW and Volvo are probably the only two manufacturers in the world that still manufacture inline-6 engines. To me these engines are special and it’s not about the smoothness of it but the sound and most of all is its simplicity as well. They can rev as high as they want, can produce immense power, they are quite strong engines in terms of design, easy to work on, and many more. BMW have been making inline-6 engines for more than half a century and with that comes the knowledge and expertise that has been applied in motorsport with a lot of success. It would be disappointing for us the fans to see a v6 engine being made in the future.

          I write this because it reminds me of the glorious M1 procar with its legendary M88 engine and its intensifying sound. You can hear as it approaches you from quite a distance and can still hear it when it passes for good amount of distance.

      • Anonymous

        An I6 is much smoother than a V6 and has more in common with an I4 and I3.  While I’m not positive I believe an I6 is less expensive to make than a V6, it only have one head, one valve train etc.  The cost of the car overall probably is more expensive since you have to have a longer hood.  

        A few months ago BMW said they plan on sharing parts between their I3, I4, I6 gasoline and diesel engines.  The biggest differences being the balancing shafts (none in an I6 btw) and the fuel delivery between the diesels and gasoline engines.  (What confused me was why the V8 wasn’t discussed in this release, you would think that the I4 and V8 could share heads and most internals.  

        • wazon

          I guess that they have focused on the most important direction of engines developement which will go towards limiting to applying only inline3, 4 and 6 in the most important of their models (3-er and 5-er). Things are changing so fast, in 90-ties even 320i e36 was equipped with 2.0 litre inline6. 

    • Jayson

      I won’t buy a V6 BMW. I like BMW’s because of the i6 engines. No amount of marketing will change my mind on this. inline 6 engines are BMW.

  • kobe bruce

    I agree with you to some extent… But BMW has proven they and their
    customers can weather the storm of hatred from purists who would let
    something like a single digit or turbocharger get in the way of
    progress.

    BMW do what they do the way I do what I do, if you have to adapt to be the best, then get on with it!

    PS: its not like the M3 wont exist anymore, it will just be a 4 door
    version while the M4 is the coupe. Still the best family mans super
    saloon around!
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  • Ed

    OOOhhhh…..big deal, another BMW aimed clearly at the golfing twat market.

    • Bangagongmf

      Ok, a lot of golfer are twats, but I bet you are a non-golfing twat.

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