The next generation F30/F32 M3 continues its testing and we've now spotted it for the second time, in much higher detail.
As before, the signature M3 cues are all clearly seen - quad exhaust, flared fenders, wider track, drilled rotors, and beefier front end. The brakes feature 4 piston calipers.
We believe we may be looking at a different front end on this M3 than on the regular F30 3-series sedan. The clearest clue is the shape of the kidney grilles, which seem to be shapelier and thinner than those seen on the F30 3-series prototypes (see below for comparison). The entire front end also seems to be a different shape compared to the F30 3-series prototypes. Is it possible that this prototype is wearing the F32 coupe's front end? Perhaps.
It's pretty much accepted that the next generation M3 will go forced induction with a 6 cylinder motor. We've enhanced an image below which shows what appears to be the intercooler - starting behind the kidney grilles and extending down to the lower bumper grille. Exactly what configuration the turbo 6 engine may take on is a favorite point of speculation among our members. We believe the next M3 may be powered by a triple-turbocharged inline-6 3.2L engine with an output of around 450hp. It could be based on the N54/55 engine and use not only two traditional turbochargers but also a third electric turbocharger.
Scott26 claims that these photos are no indication of an M3 sedan making it to production. Rather, BMW had only an F30 prototype to use for testing the M3 parts and components. Don't count the F30 M3 sedan out yet however, as it's been alluded to that it may still be in the plans -- despite the rather slow sales of the E90 M3 sedan.
So when can we expect to see the next M3? Probably not until 2014..
"An M car is not a car that can be hurried. When you think about the changes between an M car and a regular E92 you can see why like fine wine an M needs a chance to mature. Or else you end up with an RS5 or C63 AMG - looks to be the same bottle but an with inferior taste."