The 2014 F80 M3 prototype continues hot climate testing in Spain and we continue getting more live looks and listen at the next generation M3 sedan.
Our new video provides a good listen at the M3 prototype accelerating from a stop, though it’s obviously not a full out acceleration run. For full throttle acceleration at speed, see the previously posted M3 and M4 prototype videos from Nurburgring testing, copied below. We also hear the car’s startup for the first time. One thing’s for sure – there will be no lack of baritone and bass sounds coming from the F80′s exhaust. Its hearty burble is heard throughout the clip.
The F80′s ride and suspension looks planted, with little body roll and suspension travel (check out how stiff the suspension … CONTINUED
The very first M3 M Performance Edition produced has been sighted. Seen in the UK recently was this Frozen Japan Red M3. Just 30 of these M3 M Performance Edition models were ever made and this was the very first of the 30 to be produced. This special edition M3 was offered exclusively for the UK market at a price of £74,080.
The M3 M Performance Edition was announced in May, together with the M5 M Performance Edition.
Showcasing BMW Individual, these M Performance Editions brought three new Frozen paint colors to the UK for the first time – BMW Individual Japan Red with a Frozen Red wrap, BMW Individual Frozen White and BMW Individual Frozen Blue.
All M3 M Performance Editions come with extended Black Novillo leather upholstery, … CONTINUED
Site member Palbay spotted the new F13 M6 Coupe in Sakhir Orange with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. Posing next to it was a Monte Carlo Blue M5 for a good visual comparison of the two cars.
Here are the physical stats compared between the M6 coupe and M5 sedan.
M6 – 1374 mm
M5 – 1451 mm (3.03 inches higher than M6 coupe)
M6 – 2106 mm (to side mirrors)
M5 – 2119 mm (to side mirrors) (0.51 inches wider than M6 coupe)
M6 – 4898 mm
M5 – 4910 mm (0.47 inches longer than M6 coupe)
M6 – 2851 mm
M5 – 2964 mm (4.44 inches longer than M6 coupe)
Weight (unladen (DIN/EU)):
M6 – 1850kg / 1925kg (4078 lb / 4243 lb)
M5 – 1870kg / 1945kg … CONTINUED
Our resident artist Jerry (E92Alpine328i) has come up with another predictive render of the 2014 F80 M3 sedan, based on recent spy photos. This look is very similar to the first renders from last week, but features slightly less aggressive front apron air vents.
The turbo inline 6 powered F80 M3 will hit the market in 2014.
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If you’ve been tracking our homepage or this M3 section, you’ve surely seen the flurry of F80 M3 test mule sightings in the past week or so [spy pics].
Not only have the sightings become more frequent, but they’ve also been more revealing. With the latest rounds of spy photos, we now have a fairly good idea of what to expect from the 2014 M3 sedan’s front end styling.
The F80 will feature a hood bump and a very aggressive front bumper/apron with a what looks to be a mix of elements from the M6 and 1M’s styling – M6 style air vents with fins at the top and an upwardly angled top line, potentially paired with 1M styled air curtain vent styling and position.
We also added double-slat … CONTINUED
Akrapovic has released a feature video showcasing their evolution exhaust system for the F10 M5.
The exhaust manufacturer claims a +10hp, +17Nm (12.5 lb-ft) torque gain, and 12kg (26 pounds) weight saving over the factory exhaust.
The system is claimed to lower the back pressure and gives the M5 more power and torque through the whole range of RPMs while increasing responsiveness. Gains are achieved without removing the catalytic converters.
The new Evolution exhaust system consists of newly developed dual-outlet mufflers with exhaust valves, flow-optimized pipes, and a cast titanium X-shaped part with resonators. The X-pipe, valves, and flange assembly are produced in the company’s foundry. The system is available with either titanium or the carbon fiber exhaust tips seen in the video.
Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris has announced its tuning program for the F10 M5.
Featuring a ECU software tune and sports exhaust system, it pushes the M5 to 657 PS (648 hp) and 790 Nm (583 lb-ft) torque. That’s +97 PS (96 hp) and 110 Nm (81 lb-ft) increase over the factory M5 power figures.
The sports exhaust system alone (featured in the video below) is claimed to provide a +21 hp and +30 Nm of torque gain.
The 2014 M3 (F80) prototype which was spotted in Los Angeles this past weekend has made its way into the California Mojave Desert’s Death Valley for high temperature testing.
With high temperature testing always comes the removal of some front end camouflage, necessary to increase the prototypes’ air intake and cooling; which makes us the indirect beneficiaries of ever better looks at an exposed front end.
Yesterday’s F80 M3 spy pics (some copied below) gave us the best idea yet of the lines and shape of the front end styling, and today’s sighting adds to that by showing us some even more details – particular the lines of the front bumper air vents which could not be seen through the cloth covered front apron from yesterday’s photos.
What it … CONTINUED
The F80 M3 sedan is coming together visually bit by bit with each new sighting of the development mules, and it’s looking sportier by the spotting.
We recently brought you the first look at the F80 M3 hood bulge, and now we share with you the first glimpse of the F80 M3′s front end styling, which will feature an aggressive design much like the 2013 M6′s very attractive front fascia, with a pinch of 1M styling thrown in.
Although still covered in a cloth covering, the shapes and lines of the M3 front bumper are now easily seen and there’s no mistaking its M6 like design (see the comparison photo below). The middle bumper intake is a trapezoid shape like on the M5/M6, although more aggressively angled. This … CONTINUED