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If there's one thing the auto world loves, it's a good tease. BMW has been happy to oblige this afternoon by dropping three photos of a new model fit just for U.S. consumption. Details are fittingly scarce, though the company does say that it will drop full details on the world come Thursday. Since we've been left to our own devices, how about a little rampant speculation to get the ball rolling? Judging from the front fascia, we're guessing the new car is gussied up M3. The smattering of M logos throughout the cabin leads us to believe that the new kid on the block will likely boast a more sporting pedigree than its brethren, and since the America-only 335is is already down the pike, another pepped up 3 Series wouldn't make much sense.

From the looks of things, there's definitely a dual-clutch cog box at play, though it's unclear if that will be the only option. Now the only question is whether the company will tweak the V8 found in the M3 or whether it will leave it alone and instead make other upgrades, and there's also the question of which bodystyle(s) the car will be available with, as the M3 is currently available in coupe, sedan, and convertible form. Keep your ears pinned back for more information later in the week. Until then, let your imagination run wild.



[Source: BMW]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Its the M1/M135is duh. Those are the rims from the M1 spy shots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Front end it all wrong for it to be a 1'er but it might be if they REALLY stole from the m3 look. Also, keep in mind these are similar to the rims on the E46 comp package
        • 5 Years Ago
        interior is definitely from the 3-series
        • 5 Years Ago
        damnit. It just looks so much better than the saggy waist and surprised eyes of the 1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK no, this is not some 1-series or FWD car. It's an M3.

      The front bumper, lights, and front fender vents are from the M3 coupe: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-bmw-m3/full/#206117

      The console has the same POWER, EDC & DSC OFF buttons as the M3: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-bmw-m3/full/#206090

      The wheels are from the recently-announced Euro-spec M3 Competition Package: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/12/bmw-announces-start-stop-system-and-competition-package-for-m3/

      However note the carbon fiber bits on that car's front bumper not present in this teaser picture.

      So this is probably a US-spec M3 Competition Package sans a bit of the Euro-spec carbon fiber.

      That wasn't so hard now was it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      wasn't there a sports model that peaked out of a drape 3 yrs ago or so. It was 2 drs and was called a 1.
      Different than the 135 series more like a z-1...based on a mini
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it is a U.S.-only model it will most assuredly come with:
      -New badges/wheels
      -Non functioning aero bits
      -No power increase
      -Huge price increase
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just an M3 limited edition with a new paint color (Frozen Gray) and two tone upholstrey.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Turall - yup. i don't get how automakers get off calling something like a 'us only model'. maybe trim specification? I dunno. what next, bmw to label all non us color, options, etc, "EU only models". marketing departments are such silly things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love those wheels but they're getting a little long in the tooth. Time for a new wheel design!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't care...

        You could put CSL wheels on a Tata Nano and I'd still want one...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like that frozen grey. It reminds me of the car on a cold morning, looking all sharp with no reflections on the surface.

        http://www.autocritical.com/blog/2009/11/2009-bmw-m3-paint-color-twittique-a-quick-design-review/
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...why so negative? The 335is is a U.S.-only model and it's got a really nice power increase, among other desirable changes from the regular 335.

        I bet it's an M3 competition package. Ceramic brakes, lower ratio diff for acceleration, maybe a little more power and improved cooling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ummm......Competition Package (ZCP)
        • 5 Years Ago
        m5 v10
        bmw has a bunch left over from the m5 and its a relativity straightforward rework of an existing car

        or m3 with the higher output turbo 6
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most likely will just be an M3 with this pretty sweet paint option.

        http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/10/01/bmw-m3-frozen-grey-metallic/

        ...and more overpriced than it already is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... and enormous sidemarkers that ruin the looks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you Greece for screwing up the EU economy and making the world focus on the USA again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's definitely an M3. The giveaways are the orange reflector underneath the headlamp (not on any other 3-series or any 1-series), the shape of the headlamp (1-series' is teardrop-shaped and much more pronounced than the 3-series'), and the 1" lowered wheelguard underneath the front side air intake on the front bumper (again, the 1-series has this but it's more shallow and arches down farther towards the center of the front bumper). That's before we even start looking at the interior...

      The question remains...what new M3 variant will we get?
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone want to go with a new M Z4?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The center console is that of a 3 series, not to mention the front end from a 3 series. Unless they did some drastic redesigning of the interior and exterior of a 1 series, I don't see any way this could be a M1 or whatever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      M3 Wagon. It would be bitchin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CSL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is an M 1 series, right...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's going on with that fender gap? Are we looking at an M3xi here. . . ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regarding Bluetooth in new BMW's. I am shocked at how many drivers I see in new bluetooth equiped BMW's with their cellphones glued to their ears!!! You can lead a horse (ass??) to water but you cannot make him think!!!
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