UK magazine CAR, many times known for its sensationalist reporting and link-bait titles, published earlier today a new article on the upcoming 2014 BMW M3. Using, what they call, “two design drawings smuggled out of Munich’s styling studio” (highly doubt it), the UK folks are putting out a new series of renderings, which in our opinion are based on photoshoped images created by rendering artists from around the world, including these ones from Gerry Alvarez.
The renderings below don’t really reveal anything new, overall we have an idea on what the new F80 M3 would look like, minus a few minor details that BMW always saves for the big unveil.
But what’s most interesting about this report are some new bits of information in regards to the M3. First, all future M cars will have the M designation on the front grille as well as the boot rump. Then, according to Adrian Van Hooydonk, BMW VP of Design, the Bavarians will further distinguish their M models from the rest of the lineup: “We are making subtle changes already: all future M cars will have blue brake callipers, or gold when carbon discs are fitted. We’re looking at graphite door mirrors and wheel finishes, and black chrome exhaust tips too.”
What about the inside of the M cars? Same Van Hooydonk says that BMW is “working hard to make the interiors of our M cars feel more distinct. We are developing new fabrics for use in our top-end cabins, and you’ll see more aluminum and blue strips inside M cars.”
BMWBLOG reported before that the M guys are investing a lot of their time into weight reductions techniques via use of carbon fiber materials. CAR also says that Munich plans to transfer its learnings from that EV project across the rest of the range. The roof of the M3 will be baked from CFRP, and BMW is developing the first ceramic brakes seen on an M3.
The doors, bootlid and bonnet of the M3 will be skinned in aluminum and the classy five-spoke alloys will be forged items to remove weight as well.
The new F80 BMW M3 will make a debut at BMW’s home show in September in Frankfurt.