With the recent introduction of the F30-generation 3 Series, it was only a matter of time before the two door and hotter M versions were to follow. And guess what? Our colleagues at Motor Trend managed to snap the next-gen M3 coupe – rumored to be called the M4 – out testing.
M4? That’s correct, if the 3 Series coupe is ultimately assigned the 4 Series moniker in order to keep up with BMW’s new naming scheme. As a refresher, new BMW sedans, wagons, and crossovers will wear odd-number names, while coupes (including four-door Gran Coupes) and convertibles receive even-number nameplates. No word yet if the M3 sedan will return alongside the M4 coupe/convertible, or if the four-door will go on hiatus as it did with the E46-generation car.
The M3/M4 is rumored to be powered by a new tri-turbocharged 3.3-liter inline-six that will be good for around 450 hp. That’s some 36 hp more than what the current M3′s naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V-8 produces, and such an engine should deliver better fuel economy numbers. Expect much of the design from the just-released 3 Series sedan to carry over to the coupe, including the unique headlight/grille treatment. M-spec detailing will probably be subtle, similar to the upgrades done on the M5 and M6. We can’t see much from these spy shots, but can tell that the front air intakes have grown and the M4 will also continue to use the M3′s trademark center-mounted quad exhaust. Larger wheels and brakes with blue calipers and vented discs can also be seen here.
This M4 wasn’t the only BMW MT spotted out testing, either: staffers managed to catch a next-generation X5 prototype out running hot laps on the Nürburgring. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the X5 will grow in size, the better to be spaced from the X3 and X1 crossovers. The trapezoidal exhaust tips on this car have previously denoted the V-8-powered model, so there is a chance that this X5 is packing the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the current car, or some variant of it.
Head over to Motor Trend to get your fill of all the BMW M4 and X5 spy shots.
Source: Motor Trend