The BMW M3 has a long history of following each 3-Series sedan out of the factory, into customer’s hands and on to track days and race courses across the planet. But when we drove the 2020 3-Series in December of last year, all we had to hang our hat on was the M340i. Granted, it made 382 hp, up 62 from the previous model, and 369 lb-ft, which was good for a 4.2-second sprint to 60 mph. But it wasn’t an M3. Today we’re getting a camouflaged look at the new M on the Nurburgring … and some exhaust noise.
YouTube poster Automotive Mike says he took the video during “Industry Pool” times, usually in the day, during the week at the ‘Ring when automakers test out prototypes. He got a lot of good footage and sound.
We don’t have official information, but we can easily make some guesses. A 3.0-liter inline-six with two turbochargers is expected. In the X3 M, it makes 473 hp and 442 lb-ft, and the X3 M Competition goes up to 503 hp. So that’s probably where we’ll start. Rumors also have a manual-equipped “Pure” trim staking out a spot, which would probably be the one for enthusiasts.
Like the M5, the new M3 will have a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system that will most likely include a rear-drive only drift mode. A sharp, eight-speed automatic will distribute power.
We’ve emailed BMW for any extra bits of info, like an on-sale date or price, and we’ll update this if we hear back. The current M3, which isn’t even buildable anymore on the consumer site, would have set you back about $100K.
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