Have a listen at the F80 M3 with its bi-turbo s55 inline 6 cylinder engine and exhaust during a cold start.
This M3 sounds a bit ‘off’, particularly during idle, so perhaps the exhaust is still being tuned on this car or the recording device has distorted the actual sound. The M3/M4 has sounded better in previous videos (reposted below).
We recently revealed to you the colors for the upcoming 2014 M3/M4 via the dealer demo order guide, which reveals several eye catching colors, including Austin Yellow Metallic, Yas Marina Blue Metallic and Sakhir Orange Metallic.
Austin Yellow Metallic has already been previewed by way of the M4 Concept car (painted in Aurum Dust) and we recently posted the first look and swatches of Yas Marina Blue.
Now have a good look at how the M4 Coupe looks in Sakhir Orange Metallic, seen here with the optional M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.
Sakhir Orange is also a standard color for the F10 M5. For more views of how the color looks under different lighting, see our F10 M5 Sakhir Orange Thread.
Here is a preview peek at the Austin Yellow color for the upcoming F80 M3 and F82 M4.
As you can see, it’s basically the production version of the M4 Concept’s Aurum Dust color.
We reveal to you the F80 M3 in production form! This M3 wears the Yas Marina Blue Metallic color with carbon fiber roof and was spotted during an official commercial filming session.
Seeing the F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue for an official commercial shoot also indicates that this may be the launch color for M3 marketing material and for when it makes its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.
For the technical specs of the F80 M3, see our Official Thread.
The two most potent F30-based models, the F80 M3 and the Alpina B3 F30, pose together at the BMW M test center at the Nurburgring.
The photos give us a look at how aggressive the F80 M3′s styling (especially its big fenders) is compared to the more subtlely modified Alpina.
The new M3 will make its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in mid-January.
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Have a good first look at the production F80 M3 and F82 M4 interior, with its sports seats!
Now that much tech specs for the F80 M3 / F82 M4 have been revealed, do you perceive the M3 any differently when seeing it in action?
We can finally be sure that what we are seeing and hearing is an M3 powered by its 3.0L bi-turbo inline 6 S55 engine outputting approximately 430 hp, far beyond 369 lb-ft, and to a redline just north of 7500 RPM.
Here is the F80 M3 prototype continuing some final testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its January debut at the Detroit auto show. Order banks should open in January-February 2014, followed by production in the Spring and deliveries by late Spring – early Summer.
Today’s tests at the Nurburgring were stopped by a BMW F80 M3 crash ten minutes before the end of the session. The accident occurred at a section called “Metzgesfeld” where the driver lost control and crashed into the right guide rail.
Fortunately, the test driver is OK and was only fitted with a neck collar. The F80 M3 prototype was transported back to the BMW technical center at the Ring.
Unfortunate that this happened, but it gives us more looks at the advanced M3 and M4 prototypes and a peek at what appears to one-piece sports seats, different than the ones in the prototype M3/M4 we rode in recently (compare).
Could these one-piece seats also possibly have carbon fiber backs as the ones which appeared in this earlier … CONTINUED