This Is Our First Real Glimpse of the All-New BMW M3
The year 2019 has been jam-packed with the debuts of some of the most hotly-anticipated new cars, trucks and SUVs in recent memory, with vehicles like the Land Rover Defender, the Porsche Taycan and the Subaru Outback popping out from under camouflage. But there’s one notable car scheduled to arrive soon that we still haven’t seen yet: the new BMW M3.
At least, we hadn’t seen it until now.
The image above — first posted to the Facebook page of Evolve Automotive, then pushed into broader circulation by the sleuths at Autocar — appears almost certainly to be a leaked image of the all-new M3’s rear end. (While it’s obviously possible it could be a well-made fake, details like the presence of the reflections and light patterns on the car lead us to believe it’s the real deal.)
As you can see, two pairs of burly exhaust pipes — seemingly real ones, not the fake type we’ve decried in the past — protrude from below the rear bumper, and are surrounded by an aggressive, body-colored rear diffuser. (Autocar points out that the actual diffuser may be a larger part that fits over the red area we see here; we’ll have to wait and see if they’re correct.) A thin black spoiler along the trunk lid looks surprisingly similar to the one found on the M3’s Italian competitor, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Wider fender flares around the rear wheels give the hips a beefier look.
What else do we know about the new BMW M3?
The new M3 is based on the G20-generation 3 Series, which went on sale in the spring of 2019.
It’s expected to use the same twin-turbo inline-six found in the BMW X3 M and X4 M that we drove earlier this year; like those cars and the new M5 alike, it will likely arrive in both regular and Competition forms, with the former likely making around 480 horsepower and the latter breaching the 500-hp barrier.
While all-wheel-drive and a fast-shifting automatic transmission will be on tap for higher-end versions, BMW has also stated that the new M3 will come in a so-called “pure” version that offers a manual gearbox and rear-wheel-drive.
Oh, and the related M4 coupe and convertible may look…well, they may wind up looking like this. Children, avert your gaze.