SPIED: G80 BMW M3 shows off its grill at the ‘Ring

BMW M3, Spy Photos | September 30th, 2019 by 8
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Ever since the BMW Concept 4 was revealed, fans have been worried about the reveal of the upcoming BMW M3. For the G80-generation, it’s been said that the M3 will adopt the massive Kidney Grille design from the Concept 4 and upcoming 4 Series. We believe this to be true, according to our sources, but also because of some new spy photos. (We don’t own the spy photos but see them here)

In these new spy photos, we can see the upcoming G80 BMW M3 lapping the Nurburgring in heavy camouflage but with a lot of its new grille showing. Sticking out of the camo, we can see two massive Kidney grilles with very widely spaced vertical slats. So right off the bat we know that the new M3 won’t get the dotted grille insert of the Concept 4 but it does look large enough to get the concept’s grille shape.

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What’s interesting is that, underneath the license place — as well as some camouflage — the Kidney Grille seems to extend even lower. In the lower portion of the grille, we can also see widely spaced vertical slats that seem to coincide with the ones in the top portion. So they might just be extensions of those in the top half of the grille. The only difference is that, behind the slats of the lower half, there seems to be some sort of intercooler.

So it seems that the G80 BMW M3 will be getting a monster grille after all, for better or worse. What we can’t tell is whether or not that monster grille will be split into two halves, upper and lower, by either a license plate or piece of body work. It would be a similar design to what Audi did back before it switched to a its “Singleframe” grille design. Will the license plate bracket mount right to the grille? We’ll find out eventually.

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There are also some other bits of interesting information to be gained from these spy photos. For starters, its headlights look quite sleek and pretty. It also seems to get a double-bubble roof, likely with a carbon fiber option. We’re excited to see what becomes of this next-gen BMW M3, as it will be an M3 of many firsts, including the first all-wheel drive M3 and the first M3 with two drivetrain options. Add the first M3 with a grille large enough to inhale medium-sized raccoons to that list as well.

[Source: Motor1]

8 responses to “SPIED: G80 BMW M3 shows off its grill at the ‘Ring”

  1. CfAuto says:

    What do you admins think of BMWs new design choice regarding the grills. And also your thoughts about the new 1 series. Rival cars look so much better in my opinion, like the a35 and s3 compered to the m135i.

  2. Dailybimmer says:

    Apparently Bmw M is testing two different kidney grille body styles. One with the regular kidney grille that we know from M340i and Alpina B3 (picture above) and the other with the fake Roger Rabbit teeth under the heavy camouflage, that probably will look like the 4 concept.

    • Marcel Lukačić says:

      I really hope BMW puts the normal grille. The 4 Series Concept has the most disgusting BMW grille in history. Some say it’s good because it’s something different, but to me it’s totally unnecessary and really stupid. Coupes don’t even sell that well in China/USA which means big kidney grille on a 4 Series is pointless. Put big grilles on big SUVs/luxury limos, not on sporty coupes. Only if M3 and M4 turn out to be one of the best M cars ever, I’ll forgive their massive grille(if they have it obvs).

  3. jason bourne says:


  4. Giom says:

    Some possible scenarios, as I see them…

    – M3 could spearhead future LCI treatment for regular 3 series
    – M3 could share front end treatment with M4/4 Series leaving regular 3 series unchanged

    – M3 could have its own interpretation of M4/4 Series grill design

    Personally, I like this new look grill so much, I hope they do adopt it to the entire 3 Series range. Really, if you do take away any prejudice, it’s a stunning – much needed, new look.

  5. Clarice Starling says:

    The one in camo looks like the identical shape of the m340i. ….

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