The F30 BMW M3 has been spotted testing in the UK ahead of its official reveal at the Detroit motor show
11 November 2013

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.

Our Verdict


You’d imagine that a higher roofline and four doors would hinder the BMW M3 saloon’s capabilities compared to the M4, but you'd be wrong

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11 November 2013
...deliberately ignoring the camo'd 4 GranCoupe in front of it? By far the more interesting story I reckon.

12 November 2013
Morning JimHackerPM, J400uk. These pictures were supplied by a reader and unfortunately there were no standalone shots of the 4-series GranCoupé. We do, however, have older spy shots of the 4-series GranCoupé in separate stories on the website. When we receive new ones we'll publish a new story on it.

11 November 2013
Very much hope they get it right.


11 November 2013
Very good find to whoever spotted them parked up and thanks for sharing the photos. Looking forward to the new M3 and glad it will be a 'proper' saloon from day 1 rather than an after thought. Presume you'll also be running a story on the camo'd 4 GranCoupe?

12 November 2013
i like the purposeful look of this and much prefer a compact sports sedan to these hatchback things.I will be considering it seriously when I come to trade my C63 next year,but fear it will not have the pace if the C goes 4Matic like its big brothers.


12 November 2013
Maybe it's the camo, but the rear valance isn't right,otherwise it's the Dog's bits!

Peter Cavellini.

12 November 2013
Saw these two driving up my local high street in London on Saturday... 4-Series Gran Coupe looks that little bit sleeker than 3-series GT and looks pretty good I reckon!

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