BMW M GmbH engineers are clearly still hard at work tuning and refining the next-generation 2014 BMW M3, with this latest set of spy photos snapped during high-speed tests at Germany’s famed Nürburgring race circuit. To our relief, the M3 will return to inline-six power, likely with three turbochargers making around 450 horsepower, and will be officially unveiled in “concept” form at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
With its late 2013 release date, the next M3 sedan will precede the coupe and convertible models to market by at least a few months.
Few cars on the road have the capability to stir the soul like the BMW M3. The perfect blend of everyday practicality and true sports car performance, the M3 pushes the envelope with each new generation. The car you see here is the next-gen model, caught hot weather testing in Death Valley, California by the eagle-eyed spy photographers at CAR Magazine. Despite some dizzying camo, you can clearly make out the deep-set intakes, prominent hood bulge, quad-exit exhaust, widened stance and huge brakes that signify all things M.
The next M3 will return to six-cylinder power with an all-new mill displacing around 3.3 liters and likely featuring three turbochargers for 414-450 horsepower. Other than RWD performance and the presence of manual and DSG gearboxes, that’s about all we know. Look for BMW’s latest and greatest in showrooms in late 2013 or early 2014.
BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch has confirmed to the die-hard fanatics at Bimmerpost what we have suspected for months: the next BMW M3 will feature an inline six-cylinder engine. After rumors and speculation swirling that the 2014 M3 would switch to (gasp!) a V6 configuration, BMW has decided on its tried-and-true, inherently balanced inline configuration.
The new engine will displace around 3.3 liters and feature two or three turbochargers, most likely including a pair of traditional exhaust-gas turbos plus a new electric turbocharger BMW has been working on for some time. The electric unit would add torque at low RPM as the conventional turbos spool up, giving smooth power delivery with little-to-no turbo lag and usable thrust from 0-8,000 RPM or so.
The next M3 has a projected release date of late 2013 to early 2014, with the sedan seeing the streets first. The coupe and convertible models, now dubbed the M4, should follow the sedan to market by a few months.
Years of speculation over the next-gen BMW M3 and its engine have reached fever pitch as the car’s release date gets closer. Now Car and Driver reports the next M3 will use a new advanced BMW M-Power twin-turbocharged V6, rather than a V8 like the current car or a turbo inline-6 in more-typical BMW fashion.
BMW hasn’t offered a V6 engine in a production car, well ever, so this would be a radical departure, but you can bet any powerplant with the M3 label on it will be a work of art.
Reports place engine displacement between 3.0 and 3.5 liters with rumored power output figures of around 429 horsepower and 405 lb-ft. of torque, with info attributed to “a BMW insider.” Enthusiasts claiming insider knowledge of M-Power suggest this may be accurate.
The yellow car shown here is an artist’s rendering that essentially swaps front and rear design details from the new F30 2012 3-Series onto a current-gen E92 M3 car. Official sightings are limited to heavily camouflaged test mules (shown in the video below), but we do know the new car will debut as a sedan first with the coupe and convertible to follow.
Expect the F80 2014 M3 Sedan to bow late next year with the coupe and convertible to follow with a release date by mid-Summer 2014. As for pricing, we’ll venture to say around $65k to start. The current M3 starts at $60,100.
It seems the fine folks over at BMW can’t even exhale without spreading rumors like wildfire all over the internets, but this latest piece of info has our interest pegged & piqued.
Citing an exclusive interview with BMW M Division Managing Director Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Auto Express is reporting that BMW’s next M3 will feature a 3.3-liter inline six-cylinder with 3 (!) turbochargers.
The new mill is said to feature two conventional exhaust-gas-powered turbos (arrow) and a third powered by electricity (not pictured). The engine above is the N54/N55 engine found in the current gen BMW 335 Coupe.
Power output is expected to be around 450 horsepower with a big boost to efficiency over the current-gen 2011 BMW M3′s 4.0-liter V8 with its dreadful 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway rating. Other independent reports suggest BMW is indeed developing a tri-turbo, though it was before thought to be headed for the forthcoming BMW M2 compact coupe, or the brand’s upcoming X3 M.