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      02-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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2013 BMW F80 M3 Goes Winter Testing Wearing Less
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[Updated 3/12/12 with newest video] It's been a while since the last F80 M3 spy photos, but we've now spotted the next generation F80 BMW M3 Sedan undergoing winter testing in Sweden. Compared to the previous spyshots, the F80 prototype has lost a bit of camouflage - mostly at the rear which now shows the tail lights in their full glory. The car's appearance is low, wide, and impressive with massive fender flares. The M3's kidney grilles are also very obviously styled in a sleeker/sportier shape than the F30 3 series sedan. The production version will also get dedicated M3 exterior mirrors not yet shown on the prototypes.

We also spot 4 piston fixed caliper brakes at the front and 2 piston fixed piston calipers at the rear axle, mated to the M trademark slotted drilled brake discs. BMW M's newly developed active rear differential will likely make it to the new M3.

The engine is still a bit of a guessing game. Of the options sampled by BMW M earlier, both the 3L N55-based inline 6 and the 3.3L S63 based V6 still seem possible. Both engines would be aspirated by at least two turbochargers (three if you count the electric assist turbocharger we first broke news about here). Output is expected to be in the ballpark of 450hp which is plenty considering that BMW is set to reduce the weight compared to the E9x M3 models.

Expect the new F80 M3 to hit the market in the second half of 2013, with first teasers likely to begin late this year. BMW will also offer coupe and convertible versions again, but these models may be dubbed the "M4".

Stay tuned for more information, spyshots, and videos on the 2013 F80 M3 @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/m3/f30m3/

To bring some sounds and motions to these photos, we've also posted the best F80 M3 video so far, from its testing on the Nurburgring.



Updated with F80 M3 Video

Another new video as of 3/12/12:




Updated with video as of 3/2/12, from winter testing.




Past video from Nurburgring testing.




First video from public testing.








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      02-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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What a great looking car. Makes me want to see the M4 even more!
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      02-28-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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      02-28-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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      02-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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It's kinda hard to tell with the camo but the hood doesn't look quite as hideous as the F30's does.
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      02-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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What a great looking car. Makes me want to see the M4 even more!
I disagree. I hope this is just a version of it.
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      02-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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Looking like a "baby" f10 M5....I like.. just wish it had a v8 engine!
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      02-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #8
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Oh my, those fenders are looking very promising. I'd guess this car does not come with 225 rears as standard.
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      02-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #9
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Maybe it's me, but are those rotors are huge!
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Goodbye power dome!
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Power dome!
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HUGE rotors indeed. LOL^
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      02-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #12
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Well, I guess we better get used to hearing those "turbo farts" like at ~1:47 in the video

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That's amazing S6 engine sound, not V6.
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Loving the fat rear fenders
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Looking like a "baby" f10 M5....I like.. just wish it had a v8 engine!
Was just going to say this! I know a lot of people are going to dislike it if it does turn out to look the same as and those will say the M3 should have it's own look, but when you have something that looks very handsome like the F10 M5, why would you complain?
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I'm loving the aggressive look with the wide fenders.
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Very nice looking overall, even with the camo on.

However with a quick glance at the rear, take note when I said quick glance, the top rear looks like a lexus IS 350 (especially the corner tailights right above the rear fenders).
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If that exhaust rips like it did there at end, I will be homeless and live in it if I have too, holy
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Looks promising! I want to see the M4 coupe though as that will be my next purchase. I really hope that they stick with the I6 instead of a V6 though. I'm holding out for a similar set up as seen on the new tri-trubo diesel M performance cars!
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