Is This the New BMW M3's Aggressive Rear End?

Joey Capparella
Photo credit: Evolve Automotive

From Car and Driver

  • A leaked photo from a Facebook page called Evolve Automotive seems to show the rear end of the new BMW M3 sports sedan.
  • The new M3 is based on the G80-generation BMW 3-series and will use a turbocharged inline-six that will make around 500 horsepower in the top version.
  • Expect to see more about the M3 in the coming months, as it will arrive sometime in 2020 as a 2021 model.

The newest BMW M3 sports sedan is coming into clearer focus if this leaked photo is to be believed. Published on Facebook, the image is seemingly taken on the assembly line and shows the rear end of what looks to be the hotted-up version of the G80-generation BMW 3-series. An aggressive-looking rear fascia with a diffuser, quad exhaust tips, and a rear lip spoiler show that the new M3 will look the part of a serious performance machine.

Based on what we've heard about the mechanicals, it will have the chops to back up its looks. Not only will it share a powerful twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with the monstrous X3 M and X4 M SUVs, it's also reported to offer a purist model with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. A rumored Competition spec with around 500 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive will be the most capable of the bunch, although the manual may not be available on this top-dog model. Non-Competition versions of the M3 will likely make around the same 473 hp as the standard M SUVs, still a healthy bump over the current M3 Competition's 444 hp.

The M3 sedan seen here will eventually be followed by an M4 coupe with sexier sheetmetal but the same underpinnings. We should expect to hear more about the M3 soon, as it's slated to make its debut within the next few months before going on sale sometime in 2020 as a 2021 model.

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