The upcoming BMW M3 G80 has just been leaked! Or at least, partially. The rear-end of the new BMW M3 G80 popped up on Instagram from what seems to be a BMW preparation center. Judging by the first images, this is likely a pre-production car since the dual-twin pipes in the back are smaller in size than normal, and the diffuser is painted in the same color as the body. This might also be a Competition model since it comes with a more aggressive rear spoiler.
The BMW M3 G80 is still a few months away from its unveil – early 2020 – so it’s not unusual that BMW has a series of pre-production models floating around. The new M3 won’t land in customers’ hands until next summer, but it’s also likely that it will be previewed as part of some exclusive VIP events.
This is not the first leak we’ve seen though. A few months ago, a white BMW M3 G80 also showed up on the Internet showcasing its rear-end – again – as well as part of the cabin.
When the G80 BMW M3 debuts, it will be powered by the same new S58 engine as the BMW X3 M and X4 M. So it will be a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 engine with 473 hp as-standard. There will also be a competition model available at launch and that will pack the same engine but with 503 hp. For those keeping score, that 503 hp is exactly the same amount as the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Still, it’s a bit few ponies less than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 505 hp.
This new G80 BMW M3 will also be the first M3 in history to power all four wheels. According to our sources, there will be two models; a rear-wheel drive model and an all-wheel drive model; marking another first for the famed performance model. The rear-drive M3 will be available with either a manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, while the all-wheel drive car will be automatic only.
As for the M3 Competition, it will only be all-wheel drive and automatic.