The new BMW M3 has been spotted testing once again ahead of its launch later this year
An all-new BMW M3 is being readied for production, and the latest batch of spy shots has given us our best look yet at the Mercedes-AMG C 63 rival.
Based on the images this latest BMW M3 mule boasts a widened track and flared wheel arches, a boot-mounted lip spoiler, a more aggressive front bumper and a quad-exhaust system system.
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Following the trend set by Audi and Mercedes, BMW seems to be playing it safe with the styling of its new compact super-saloon. The M3’s design tweaks are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so not to discourage buyers.
There’ll be radical changes in the cabin, though, where the M3 will adopt the new dashboard and centre console design from the latest 3 Series. With a focus on reducing button count, the driver is set to control most of the car’s functions though the new iDrive 7.0 infotainment system.
The new M3 should be lighter and more agile than the previous-generation M3 thanks to the adoption of BMW’s new CLAR platform. The floorpan is shared with the larger M5 and, like its big brother, it’s understood that BMW will fit the new M3 with an xDrive four-wheel-drive system for the first time.
It’s expected that the new M3 will use a reworked version of the new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol that debuted in the X3 M SUV. To make it competitive with the Alfa Romeo Gulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG C 63, a power figure upwards of 500bhp is expected.
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