The next generation BMW M3 has been caught on video hot weather testing in Spain. Should debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW are readying their sixth-generation M3, codenamed F80, which was spied wearing a thin disguise whilst undergoing hot weather testing in Spain.
The headline news is the use of an all-new smaller-displacement straight-six engine supported by at least two or possibly even three turbochargers. This engine will supersede the 414bhp (420PS) 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 of the current model and should boast somewhere in the region of 450bhp. This makes it more-powerful than the 414bhp limited-edition E90 M3 GTS of 2010.
It’s not just the engine that’s set to change though, in an M3 first, a manual box is not expected to be offered. The model will instead be fitted with a twin-clutch M-DCT transmission, similar to the seven-speed Getrag transmission fitted to the existing model. Buyers can also expect a reworked chassis and an M differential.
Visually, the car will benefit from a beefy body kit consisting of flared arches, housing 19-inch alloys, aggressive front and rear bumpers and increased deeper front air intakes. Side skirts, a rear diffuser and quad-exhausts will round off the characteristically purposeful look. Expect the model to debut at a major motor show next year with sales beginning in the latter half of the year or early in 2014.
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