Though other cars may be busy meeting the press on the show floor at Geneva, the next-gen 2014 BMW M3 keeps chugging away with its development, conducting cold weather tests in Sweden. Our friends at Motor Trend were on site to capture the action first-hand as BMW’s latest M car carved up snowy Scandinavian roads.
With the 2012 3 Series now in dealerships, the M3 can let down its guard a bit, dropping camo to reveal its shared headlight and taillight design. Though the front and rear ends are slightly less covered, the rest of this M3 mule looks roughly the same as the last time we saw it. The inverted trapezoid-shaped central front valance opening, large drilled brake rotors, and quad-tipped exhaust are still visible, helping to distinguish this model as the M-tuned version of the 3 Series.
As far as drivetrains are concerned, the M3 will lose its current 4.0-liter V-8 in favor of a less thirsty six-cylinder engine. BMW insiders have hinted at as many as three turbochargers for the next M3, with one electrically-driven blower, and two conventional exhaust-driven units. Output is said to be around 450 hp and 400 lb-ft, which would be an increase of 36 hp and a healthy bump in torque of 105 lb-ft over the outgoing M3’s V-8.
Based on our recent experience with the new 3 Series, expectations for an M-tuned, all-out performance version of that car are pretty high. Is it 2013 yet?
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Source: Motor Trend