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2014 F80 BMW M3 test mule refueled with E85 ethanol

BMW M3 | November 27th, 2012 by 10
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Most likely filled under human error, but interesting enough that a photographer spent the time to snapped a shot. In the cold and snowy Sweden …

Most likely filled under human error, but interesting enough that a photographer spent the time to snapped a shot. In the cold and snowy Sweden BMW is continuing the field testing of the upcoming 2014 F80 BMW M3 and a reader of Teknikensvarld caught the new BMW M3 when it stopped in Gothenburg to refuel the “wrong” fuel!

Judging by these still shots, which may or may not capture the entire refueling process, the driver of the F80 M3 sedan grabbed the E85 ethanol pump to fill up the super-sporty sedan. As many of you know, ethanol fuel consists of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, a combination not recommended by BMW.

The photos also point out that the pump handle for 95 unleaded fuel remains untouched. It remains unknown if the car was indeed refueled with the wrong combination as part of a testing process, or even if the driver actually went through with this idea.

When coming to market in 2014 the F80 BMW M3 will be powered by an inline-six engine. The engine of choice is a newly developed 3.2 liter unit that is rated at 450 horsepower. The new M3 is expected to be slightly faster than the current E90 generation thanks to a lower weight.

The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission, but we expect to see a manual transmission for U.S. customers.

  • auaq

    The green peace environmentalist must be saying, “Good, good! That is the way to go for. More green stuff please!”

    While we on the other hand, “BLISTERING BARNACLES!! What the devil is going on? ….. May … get me more tea …. and call the prime minister. Wait till he hears about this nonsense. Bloody Hell!!”

    • Giom

      Lol! Good reply…

    • mckillio

      Does E85 have fewer emissions? It has less power and worse gas mileage.

    • ich122

      What’s so bad about it? Koenigseggs engines have about 888hp with gas, but with E85 it’s rsing to 1018…

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  • digivue

    I doubt it’s M3, cause there is no hump on the hood.

    • auaq

      Well, it is still under testing, so we don’t know yet if the final appearance will have the hump on the hood or not. But, that is the new ///M3.

  • James

    Typo. “a photographer spent the time to snapped a shot”

  • James Hobson

    Maybe it’s the new 2 series?????

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