Latest issue of UK publication CAR Magazine features the 2014 BMW M3 on their cover. The British folks claim that this is the real deal but knowing their track record, we’re almost certain these are just some really well executed renderings based on tips from insiders, spy photos and….common sense.
With the 3 Series GT launch scheduled for Geneva Auto Show, we’re wondering if the Bavarians will try to steal the show with the new M3 or simply let the Gran Turismo draw all the attention at their stand. Regardless, the F80 M3 will make its debut in the fall at Frankfurt, but it remains to be seen if in a concept or production ready form.
The renderings below show the F80 M3 having its front-end heavily influenced by the new M6, with two large air intakes, air curtains and extremely aggressive, road-focused look.
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 unit that is said to be rated at around 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.
More on the M3 in the upcoming weeks!