Next year BMW will introduce the new F80 BMW M3 sedan. A prototype was once again spied during the winter testing sessions in Northern Europe. The M3 sedan will carry the internal code F80, while the M4 coupe takes on the F82 code.
The 2014 BMW M3 Sedan builds atop the newly unveiled F30 3 Series and will incorporate the usual M design cues, both on the inside and outside.
Test mules reveal the wide track specific to M products, as well as M front bumper, square LED headlights, large brakes and the signature four exhaust pipes at the rear.
As mentioned in the past, the biggest change brought by the new M3 comes from under the hood. The high-revving and highly-acclaimed V8 engine is being retired and the M division will use a six-cylinder powerplant for its upcoming M3 and M4 models. Our sources state that for nearly two years BMW has been testing different powerplants in M3 prototypes, from inline-six turbo engines to a newly designed and unique V6.
Same source says that the V6 is a 3.3 liter BiTurbo engine with around 450 horsepower, but despite our initial reports, we believe an inline-six turbocharged unit will be the final choice.
We also anticipate a public debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
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