Referred to internally as the G80, the new M3 will sport a much wider track compared to the new 3-Series from which it will be derived. The wheel arch extensions used on the prototype are still temporary units and will be replaced by a set of widened fenders on more advanced testers.
We can also see that the brake discs and calipers are very large, and at the rear of the car sit a signature set of quad-exhaust tips. Hidden underneath all of the camouflage gear at the front will be enlarged intakes possibly with a similar design to what’s found on the latest M5.
There’s not a lot of intel out on the new M3 but the car is expected to utilize a twin-turbocharged inline-6 delivering between 450 and 500 horsepower, possibly with the aid of a mild hybrid system or perhaps even electric assistance for the turbocharging system.
Meanwhile, a 6-speed manual should be standard on the new M3 and an 8-speed automatic available. It's not clear yet if all-wheel drie will also be a feature.
Underpinning the new 3-Series, including the M3 variant, will be the BMW Group’s multi-material constructed CLAR modular design that made its debut in the latest 7-Series and has since appeared in the latest 5-Series.
We’re expecting the new 3-Series to bow this year, as a 2019 model. Expect the M3 variant to arrive a year later, meaning we should see it as a 2020 model. Further out we should see prototypes for a new 4-Series coupe and eventually a new M4.
The core powertrains for the United States should remain turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder inline engines displacing 2.0 and 3.0 liters respectively. In other markets we’ll see BMW introduce its 1.5-liter inline-3.
Diesel and plug-in hybrid options should be available in most markets, with the latter possibly utilizing two electric motors (one driving the front axle and the other integrated with the transmission) in a setup known as Power eDrive.