Now that we’ve seen the new G20-generation BMW 3 Series, it’s only natural for fans and car enthusiasts to wonder about the upcoming BMW M3. Despite the current F80 M3 sort of losing its ground to newer competitors, like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG C63 S, the M3 is always an incredibly important car for both BMW and the entire industry. So what’s the new 2020 BMW M3 going to look like? Well, it’s just been caught testing at the Nurburgring. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)
In these new spy photos, we see the 2020 BMW M3 lapping the famed Nurburgring, fully wrapped in camo. This is very clearly an early test mule, with its two different sets of wheels and netting for front air intakes. However, it’s still very clearly an M3. The massive drilled rotors, large brake calipers, low ride height and quad exhausts are all giveaways to its Motorsport Division DNA.
Under the hood, this new BMW M3 is said to have an S58 engine, which is an M-ified version of the already brilliant B58 engine commonly found in many current BMWs. That new engine is rumored to make around 475 hp and be very potent. While 475 hp still seems off the high mark set by cars like the aforementioned Alfa Romeo and AMG (505 hp and 503 hp, respectively), it’s more than the Audi RS4 (450 hp) and more than enough to make the M3 equally as fast as its more powerful rivals.
Where the new BMW M3 will benefit most, though, is in corners. Thanks to its new chassis, BMW’s new CLAR architecture that underpins the new 3 Series, the M3 will be lighter and stiffer than ever before. It will also be better balanced, more agile and more fun to drive. It’s said that just the new standard 3 Series is a huge step up over the current car, so we expect the same to ring true of the M3.