Spied: F80 BMW M3 Sedan with manual transmission

Spy Photos | October 26th, 2011 by 9
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Dutch magazine Autoweek.nl spotted once again the upcoming F80 BMW M3 Sedan. This time around, the test mule was equipped with a manual transmission, an indication that BMW will continue to cater to its hardcore customer base.

Due out in 2013, first in a sedan form, the M3 will be followed by M4 Coupe. The M3 sedan will carry the internal code F80, while the M4 coupe takes on the F82 code.

As mentioned in the past, the biggest change brought by the new M3 comes from under the hood. The high-revving V8 engine is being retired and the M division will use a six-cylinder powerplant for its upcoming M3 and M4. Our sources state that for the past year BMW has been testing different powerplants in M3 prototypes, from inline-six turbo engines to a newly designed and unique V6.

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The source says the V6 is a 3.3 liter BiTurbo engine with around 450 horsepower, an information we were not able to confirm with a second source.

The prototypes spotted recently at Nurburgring reveal a typical M3 with a wide track, M front bumper, square LED headlights, large brakes and the signature four exhaust pipes at the rear.

BMW will introduce the F80 M3 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

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9 responses to “Spied: F80 BMW M3 Sedan with manual transmission”

  1. Jom Beam says:

    My next vehicle will be an automatic….the DSG is faster than a human anyway, and the arguement about fuel consumption has been debunked with these new transmissions. Either way, mine is a manual now, and I’ve grown tired of rowing gears. I’d rather just punch the gas and hold on with both hands.

  2. V6? What happened with the R6??

    • La Ma says:

      too expensive and does not fit into the family of engines plan. The V6 will be essentially a shortened  V8 which is in the M5/M6 750/760 X5 X6 etc.  BMW need a V8 and need a smaller V6… much cheaper to build and design different variants.

      I bet the V6 will be 3.2-3.5 in the M3 but there will be a 2.5 version as well.

      • wazon says:

        You talk about rumors as if they were truth. Well, I find it pointless that BMW have built F30 platform that fit with inline6 perfectly, while still having 50/50 weight distribution. They could save money by making wholy different platform for F30, one that doesn’t fit inline6 perfectly (I mean this car is 50/50 with inline6) and is designed for V6. Money savings would come from savings on smaller use of materials thanks to smaller engine bay. All these would reasonable, if they were planing to use V6 engines in future. I don’t expect to see M3 with other engine than 450hp inline6.

  3. Mateo says:

    no high revving naturally aspirated enigne, no inline six, no m3 coupe………………………..at least manual gearbox will still be alive

  4. wazon says:

    Did the source of infos about V6 in M3 give any infos about BMWs that confirmed in past? If so, which ones? Thanks for answer.

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