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F80 BMW M3 under wraps at BMW Museum?

Spy Photos | July 3rd, 2012 by 11
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A mysterious model appeared last week at the BMW Museum in Munich. Displayed at the front desk of the building, the BMW was kept under …

A mysterious model appeared last week at the BMW Museum in Munich. Displayed at the front desk of the building, the BMW was kept under wraps while revealing only a portion of its tires, a little detail that sparked lots of conversations on the interwerbs.

Based on previously seen spy photos, the assumption is that the wheels are identical which triggered the idea that this is an F80 BMW M3 being kept under wraps. Even more intriguing is the fact that BMW used some tape to cover an imprint on the cover which seem to read “Fx2″, which can either be the F82 or M4 Coupe, or F32, the designation for the 4 Series Coupe.

Coming to market in 2014, the F80 M3 will be powered by an inline-six engine. Recent reports coming from Germany say that the engine of choice is a newly developed 3.2 liter unit that is rated at 450 horsepower, but it could reach 480 horsepower with a new performance package. In a previous conversation we had with BMW M CEO, Dr. Nitschke, we learned that the sporty division’s goal for the iconic M3 was the reduction of weight.

The F80 M3 will debut in concept form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, while the production version, will appear in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

  • David

    This is probably BMW doing another 1M marketing-like campaign. Who knows what’s underneath and even stranger how these shots ended up on the web a week later

  • Cody

    To the clowns who run this place: I guess I’m done reading this blog.
    But I can understand why you wouldn’t want a link to an active
    discussion compared to your 0 comments. Happy censoring!

  • Jon Roberts

    Judging by the wheels, yes, it seems to be the new M3, but then…BMW could use these wheels on other cars also, right?

  • Michael

    Cody,

    What’s the matter? I used to be on forums and pretty much any link to a BMW site would be deleted, especially on the one that you mention. So give these guys a break. I saw the M3 photos yesterday on that site and then here today, what’s the big deal? from what I can tell, the photos don’t belong to any of these two BMW sites.

  • Jurgen

    It was a BMW private event to showcase an upcoming car. It happens all the time but these days, with smartphones and the internet, it all spreads fast.

    I was there, but cannot talk about it.

  • Tom

    Any word on the engine? You guys said 3.2 liter inline-six. Hopefully it’s not a revamped N55.

  • Mateo

    underneath are empty boxes!

    -Friends sitcom, when Joey “has” porsche

  • ILIKEBMW

    it is not FX2, it is E92
    it will be the final edition of the M3 E92!
    Kind regards from Munich

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