The latest BMW M3 test ‘mule’ has been spied testing at the Nürburging Nordschleife, less than a week after the official reveal of the new-for-2012 BMW 3-series saloon.
When the new BMW M3 is launched in late 2013 it will be part of a major shake-up of the Munich manufacturer’s line-up of hot M-badged variants, with a new naming convention, greater differentiation between models and earlier launches.
A new badging system will introduce the 4-series name for the two-door coupé and convertible versions of the F30 platform — so there will be a new M4 name for the performance models.
At the same time, BMW will make the two-door M-badged models more driver focused than the four-door models. That means ‘sport plus’ suspension settings, with a stronger bias towards outright grip and steering responsiveness rather than a compromise towards everyday driving.
The latest M5 has already taken a step in that more relaxed direction, while the forthcoming M6 is tipped to deliver a sharper drive.