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2020 BMW M3 Caught Attacking The ‘Ring’; Mid-2020 Launch Expected


The new M3 will rival the Mercedes-AMG C63 post launch

 
  • The upcoming sedan sported a camo wrap with exterior highlights that include a larger kidney grille and quad exhaust setup.
  • Interiors are expected to include an updated digital cluster, touchscreen infotainment system and additional features.
  • It will get a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six petrol engine with 450PS, 480PS and 510PS variants.
  • The next-gen M3 will also get manual and automatic gearboxes along with rear-wheel drive and AWD options.
  • The new M3 is expected launch in mid-2020 along with the next-gen M4.

BMW has been preparing its next iteration of the highly anticipated M3 sports sedan for some time. The sedan has been spied previously in a camo wrap testing on public roads and at the Nurburgring in Germany. The upcoming sedan has been spotted once again being put through its paces at the Green Hell. 

The spy images reveal that the M3 is still hidden in a camo livery all over the body. However looking at the front, we expect the M3 to get a larger kidney grille along with larger air intakes. At the rear, an interesting highlight is that the sedan is likely to feature a quad exhaust tip setup. 

On the interior front, nothing has been revealed yet, but we expect the next-gen M3 to feature an updated digital cluster and touchscreen infotainment system as standard along with other additional features.

 

BMW’s head of the M division, Markus Flasch, has confirmed that the M3 will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine called the S58. It is the same engine that will make its way onto the upcoming X3 M and X4 M models. It will be offered in two states of tune- 480PS and 510PS - with the Competition trim expected to get the more powerful motor. There’s good news for purists as Flasch has also confirmed that the M3 will get a manual gearbox in the form of a ‘Pure’ variant. 

While the other variants of the next-gen M3 are expected to be offered with an 8-speed auto ‘box along with RWD and AWD drivetrain options, the ‘Pure’ variant will be limited to manual and a RWD drivetrain only. It will also come in a lower state of tune at 450PS.

The next-gen ‘G80’ M3 is  expected to make its official debut somewhere around mid-2020 along with the next-gen M4 internationally. While there is no word yet on when it will reach Indian shores, we can expect the M3 to be offered in India soon after its international launch. However we are not sure if the manual-gearbox equipped variants will be offered in the country. Once launched, it is expected to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C63.

Image Source: Motor1 

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