2021 BMW M3 Spied Wearing Less Camo Than Ever
The 2021 BMW M3 is making its way through the development process, as these revealing spy photos show. While previous test mules for the G80-generation M3 were wrapped in psychedelic camouflage, this latest round of clandestine photographs further betrays the styling of the speedy sedan.
Although a contour obscuring envelope still appears on the front and rear fairings, we can still clearly see a massive, vertically oriented grille structure, as well as narrower, sharper headlights than we would find on a standard BMW 3 Series. . It’s clear that the M3 will share much of its front-end styling with the M4 and 4 series coupes, recalling how the E90 generation M3 sedan got the stylistic details of the two-door. Whether it’s good or bad is a matter of taste, but we’ll deal with it – the gaze grows on some of us.
The Swirly vinyl also hides the rear and side skirts, although we can say that both will be more aggressive than what you might see on a 330i or M340i sedan. Rear bumper vents and wider side sills should improve aerodynamics by reducing turbulence under the car, as is a bulky rear diffuser. The M3’s scalloped roof panel is camouflaged as well, suggesting it’s likely carved out of lightweight carbon fiber instead of sheet metal.
Speaking of which, the three M3s spotted recently show some diversity among them. The gray and black vehicles seen here seem to boast a deeper rear Venturi channel compared to the red car, and the differences extend to the front fascia as well. The honeycomb lower air intakes on the red M3 contrast with the open-element inlets on the black and gray examples.
We believe the latter two are examples of the 480 horsepower (357 kilowatt) M3, while the red car is the 460 horsepower (343 kW) M3 Pure. Alternatively, the gray and black machines could be 510 horsepower (380 kW) M3 Competition sedans, while the red is a regular M3. The M3 Pure will feature a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, while the M3 and M3 Competition are expected to come standard with xDrive all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission (both tuned by M).
The small, high-performance sedan is expected to debut in September before going on sale early next year.