The 2014 M3 will make its first official outing at the Detroit motor show
Flared wheelarches and four tailpipes remain M3 hallmarks
A six-speed manual gearbox will be fitted as standard, while a seven-speed dual clutch auto will be optional
The new car will be powered by a six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbocharged engine
The new 4-series GranCoupe was spied alongside the new M3 saloon
These pictures were taken at a service station on the M6 Toll road
The 2014 BMW M3 has been spotted during the UK leg of its development programme.
BMW had previously released its own photographs of the 2014 BMW M3, but these shots show the high-performance model shorn of much of its camouflage.
The pictures show the M3’s flared wheelarches and quad tailpipe arrangement. And, despite the disguise, the M3’s front wheelarch vents – which are larger and mounted higher than those fitted to the 4-series – can be seen too.
The application of camouflage to the roof suggests that the carbonfibre panel could be offered unpainted in a similar finish to the E92-generation M3.
The car was spotted by a reader parked at the Norton Canes service station on the M6 Toll alongside a fleet of development and support cars, including the upcoming 4-series GranCoupe.
The production version of the F30 BMW M3 is slated to be shown at the Detroit motor show in January. It will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine developing 424bhp at 7500rpm and more than 369lb ft of torque. A BMW source told Autocar that 284bhp per tonne is possible.
Although official performance figures are yet to be announced, BMW has suggested a 0-62mph time of around 4.5sec with a top speed limited to 155mph.
The car will send power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, but a seven-speed dual clutch auto will be optionally available.