The new BMW M3 and M4 debut on September 23, but the German marque continues to develop them on the road in fairly substantial camouflage. Still, these photos offer a glimpse of the next sport sedan.
The M3 and M4 share a similar nose that includes the brand’s polarized and massive kidney grids and fairly large openings in the lower corners that provide some balance to the eye-catching nose. The tops of the kidneys create two bulges in the tip of the hood.
Our spies are pretty sure this vehicle is the M3 Competition variant, and the fascinating styling of the wheels is part of the proof that this is the hottest model. They have a complicated design for the spokes reminiscent of the shapes you would see in a spider web.
At the rear, a tiny spoiler attaches to the rear deck. Two sets of dual exhausts emerge from the rear bumper diffuser spaces.
We already know that the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six. The standard model develops 473 horsepower (353 kilowatts) and buyers have a choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The Competition pushes the engine power to 503 hp (375 kW) and offers only the automatic gearbox.
At launch, both variants will come with rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel-drive configuration will be available for the sedan and coupe later.
After the September debut, look for the new M3 and M4 that will be available in the US in early 2021. BMW is currently developing the M3 Touring wagon but says it won’t be ready for production for about two years.