• Oct 22, 2010
Allow us to start by saying that we love high-performance hatchbacks and wagons as much as the next auto-obsessed goon. Heck, we still go all gooey-kneed when we lay eyes on a Lexus IS300 SportCross, but the rumors dusting up over the next-generation M3 have us a little uneasy. According to Inside Line and M3Post, BMW may be looking to replace the slow-selling M3 sedan with a new GT body style. That means that designers are looking to spread the funky lines of the 5-Series Gran Turismo to other models in the company's stable, including as a replacement for the disappointingly slow-selling M3 sedan.
With that high-revving V8 likely on its way out the door in favor of a turbocharged I6 and the threat of the 5-Series GT's design spreading to the company's holiest of holy high performance models, we've got to wonder exactly where there decision makers at BMW have their heads lodged. We've got our guesses.

Inside Line has gone so far as to work up a few renderings of what the M3 Quasimodo edition might look like. It's worth heading over there to check out the full-size pieces for the full (rendered) effect. Thanks for the tip, Tim!

[Sources: Inside Line, M3Post]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      anyone notice the license plate number ends with WTF. appropriate
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyway this is just a rumor.Hopefully it is not true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nooooooooooooop stop the ugly
        • 4 Years Ago
        When did "M" start to mean 'we put the big engine in this one' at BMW, instead of 'this is our hottest performance model'?

        Yes, you can sell a car based on the cache of a badge (i.e. "//M"), but very soon, if you oversell the badge (i.e. "X6 GT //M"), the cache is no longer there.

        Just look at Acura and "Type S A-Spec". Great, it's got stiff suspension and a lip spoiler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is that Inside Line's render is absolutely assinine. Instead, check out the pic posted here:

        http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8199240&postcount=15

        by known insider SCOTT, who also shares his thoughts about on the topic. In short, the 3 GT (and thus M3 GT) will be nothing like the 5 GT. Instead, it will basically be an extended 3 series sedan that happens to have a hatchback. BMW appears to have learned a lot from the rather homely 5 GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't have said it better.

        Fastback suv=ugly
        Fastback sedan=Abomination/uglier
        • 4 Years Ago
        Azteks are what the X6 (future X4,X8) and GT's are. The Pontiac Aztek is excused for its Ugly because its OLD and Pontiac has been running on an empty Bank account for years. However BMW is not excused lol. BMW=Becoming the new benchmark of UGLY,AGAIN,WHY of why lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ mkM3
        Judging by how the 5 series GT ended up, the inside line version looks more like the final product I'd expect to see. Granted, the version on the forum looks great, I'm just not confident the 3 series design team would push it in the that direction. I genuinely hope I'm wrong, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree, from the X6 and the 5 series GT the Aztec still lives on and now a M3 hunchback!!!???

        These have to be some of the ugliest cars on the market and every time I see an X6 I want to barf
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish I had an X6. That thing is beastly.

        The Crosshurl take the cake for barfing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! [cough]

        Seriously, I just saw another 5 GT over lunch. Thankfully it was BEFORE lunch. It is astounding to me that this thing outsells the 5 wagon in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @xpolarx

        That is always possible, yes, however based on what SCOTT says in his follow up post, I think they are headed in the right direction:

        http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8199893&postcount=38

        We'll have to wait and see.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it on. Sometimes companies have to learn a lesson by doing stupid, stupid things.

      These crosstours or whatever made by BMS and Honda are among the ugliest, stupidest designs I've ever seen. An AWD true wagon is so much more practical, comfortble, sporty, and attractive than these homunculus cars will ever be.

      I do not understand the companies that come up with these designs and I do not understand the people who buy them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight.

      So we replace the sedan which sells well, with the GT that barely sells, and we got success? We need Steve Jobs in here to tell us to buy the GT because 'in cars we WANT to be driving GT's There isn't even a question.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont think the sedan sells well. The coupe, sure...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares..... The trademark grill is ugly, and the car is nothing more than a snobby I'm hollyer than thou car. Could not care less if they stopped making them tomorrow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I bought my E90 M3, I could not find:

        1) 4 door sedan that seats 4 adults
        2) Usable trunk, carseat latch
        3) Car with 0-60 ~ 4.5 secs
        4) Phenomenal engine soundtrack
        5) V8 that revs past 8k RPM
        6) Comes in a 6-speed manual
        7) Got it for $9k off MSRP when the car industry tanked in 2008/2009 (paying less than a 335!).

        I have only seen 3 other e90 or e92 M3s on the road, so my car always gets a second look!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A chill just went down my spine...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're a little late. For you BMW fanboys, if you haven't noticed allready, BMW gave up on you about 5 years ago.

        ...which is a shame because they used to be an awesome brand/manufacturer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like an ///M3 sedan with diaper butt
      The ///M3 crapped its pants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW: WE MISS YOU CHRIS BANGLE, PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a rumors but... Why BMW? Why?

      • 4 Years Ago
      They are two totally different vehicles that probably aren't getting cross-shopped that often. Also, you could say that about most other manufacturers, I mean an RS4 costs nearly as much as an A8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH GOD NO. Please don't replace the M3 sedan with that ugly thing. I say keep making the M3 sedan but in very limited number. By the way I am wondering how those 550i and 535i GT are selling. They don't seem to be blowing out the door. I see more of the new 5 series sedan than those (GT) on the roads here in NYC.
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