Compared to the standard 3 Series, codenamed G20, the development mule spied here sits low and boasts a wider track with flared wheel arches. Sporty exterior design cues hint towards this mule’s performance potential, with updates including a subtle lip spoiler on the boot, a hefty exhaust system with four tailpipes and a deeper front bumper with larger air intakes.
The design tweaks point to an evolutionary approach to the M3’s redesign rather than a complete overhaul.
It is all change under the skin, however. The M3 should be lighter and more agile than the outgoing model thanks to the adoption of BMW’s new CLAR platform, which is also shared with the larger M5. And like that car, it’s understood BMW will fit the M3 will xDrive four-wheel drive for the first time.
Under the bonnet, a development of the current 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six powering the current model is expected, with a significant advancement on today’s 425bhp power output. In order to be competitive against the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG C63 upwards of 500bhp is expected.
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