What better place for BMW to test the next iteration of its iconic M3 sports sedan than Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife? Our colleagues at Motor Trend managed to snap the future M car lapping the famed European circuit under a heavy coating of camouflage tape.
It’s clear that the car seen here is based on the new, sixth-generation 3 Series that debuted last week. As with the last M3 we spotted at the ‘Ring, this M3 prototype wears the same swept-back headlights, restyled kidney grilles, and mildly enlarged bodywork of the 2012 model that goes on sale here next February. A close inspection reveals a racier front lip and gaping lower air intake, as well as enlarged wheels hiding big, cross-drilled brake rotors.
One big mystery remains: what will power the sixth-generation M3? We haven’t received many clues from BMW so far. The strongest indications are that the car will employ an all-new, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. That engine would reportedly produce close to 450 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
We expect the new BMW M3 will bow around 2013 or 2014. To whet your appetite, check out the full set of spy photos at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend