That Roundel-obsessed crew over at F30post.com has laid its paws on a quick clip of the next-generation BMW M3 turning a few hot laps at the Nürburgring. The video gives us the best look and listen yet to the performance 3 Series under duress, and it certainly sounds as if the vehicle has finally shed its high-winding V8 for six-cylinder power. That feeling? It's just the universe re-aligning itself. Don't worry about it. BMW hasn't said exactly what sort of power the next-generation M3 will produce when it arrives, but we'd guess that the number will land north of the 414-horsepower available from the current model.

The only question is whether or not BMW has abandoned its tried-and-true inline six for a more blasphemous V6 configuration. The automaker has publicly said that it wouldn't embrace the V, but there's a growing tied of rumor that would suggest otherwise. Either way, we'll find out when the M bows in mid-2012. Hit the jump to check out the full video for yourself.



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      patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just ordered a 2012, M3 because it is the last v8 version, I traded in my 09 M3 so I can have the last year of production of this car. Being a V8 and non turbo it should make it a collectors car, as this engine is DREAM. You can not really hear a difference between a inline six or v6, if it is even fire v6 unit, but you sure can feel it though .
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @patrick
        That's exactly what I was hoping to do, if I had the funds. I've been so close to calling BMW so many times and asking what it would take to ensure I could get the last E9X M3 ever made. The last naturally aspirated M car, period.
        Stephen Mihalik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @patrick
        I own an 08 M3, but would upgrade to a 2013 in a heartbeat. It will be a better car. Faster, better performance, more lxurious, and probably better looking. Why would you want to hang on to an older model?
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Stephen Mihalik
          the new front is ugly. the 2013 model will only be available with 4 doors though..otherwise you have to wait for the m4
        tarheel91
        • 3 Years Ago
        @patrick
        Definitely an inline six. You can hear the characteristic raspy exhaust note towards the end of the video.
      JJ Iburg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not an expert, but that certainly sounds like a straight 6 too me.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they would just take out one or two hundred pounds, it wouldn't need over 414 horsepower.
        EvilTollMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        Exactly. The biggest challenge is horsepower sells...
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a six cylinders alright! V6 or straight is impossible to tell by the noise. At the end of the day it's the performance and the badge which are going to sell the car, not the engine configuration. The engine matters only to as the purist and the enthusiasts 99% of which are not going to buy the car.
      chet4chat
      • 3 Years Ago
      a growing "tied" of rumor? Okay just stop. Get an editor. Read a book. Consult an adult.
        SHO-biz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chet4chat
        No kidding! That was ridiculous. Blog fail.
      SPG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      this thing might get a hopped up N55, HPFP issues galore..,the 1 series M has the HPFP issue too
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SPG1
        You should get a tatto with HPFP because every comment of yours is about it. In my family we had 5 cars with N54 and N55 engines and none of them had a problem with it. THe people that i know who have 335i also never had a problem with that. So just chill or tell you father to take his 335i to a a dealership, if you guys have a warranty of course.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ak74
          Why do you think i lie? Come to Vegas and you gonna see our garage.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      People on Autoblog should be a head of ///MPower. Everyone know everything here. Just leave them alone. they know what they are doing. I'm pretty sure no matter what engine is it i6 or V6, it's gonna be a piece of art.
      Peter T
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not 'official' until it hits the Nurburgring....haha
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, I predicted this. Back when Audi decided to put 8s in their S4s, I KNEW they'd come back into their senses eventually and return to a 6. Bmw then did it, and again, I said the same thing with them. Bunch of tards running these companies sometimes.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      FINALLY 6L again...I hope to see a new CSL once more
      salas
      • 3 Years Ago
      By the sound of it, it is a straight-6 with some sort of double clutch gearbox... I'm saying that because the v6 sound is a bit more "growly" if you know what I mean...the straight-6 always sounds "smoother", no matter what the revs are. But then again, it's just my 2p. I lost all interest in the M division since they rolled out the x6m and the x5m. A long time ago, they said that no M car will sport a turbo,a 4-wheel-drive system or an automatic gearbox. Those promises went down the shitter when they released an 4wd, turbo'ed, automatic SUV/SUC.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy, I don't really like the sound. I hope they tune it a bit more. It's important for an iconic car to have an iconic sound. This sounds like an accord with a fartcan in comparison to the high rev v8.
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