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.