As we all look forward to the F30 2012 BMW 3 Series spawning its forthcoming coupe bodystyle as well as a new M3, today's treat is a bit of both. Our spy shooters caught this car testing in Europe, which is clearly an M version of the 3 Series coupe.

The wheels and quad exhaust are a dead giveaway that this is no ordinary 3, and of course, the scuttlebutt is that BMW is going to call the 3 Series coupe the 4 Series, making the M3 replacement actually the M4. BMW has reportedly confirmed that the current M3's V8 is going to be replaced with a turbo'ed inline six in the F30 M cars. The expectation is that the M3 will launch before the M4, given that BMW has yet to even bring the 4 Series to market.

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      Well if it happens, this would just add to my dislike of current BMWs. The M3, which has always been a two-door sports coupe first and foremost (with 4-door models only being present in the e36 and e90 lineup), will now exclusively be a sedan, the coupe will be called the M4, and bmw enthusiasts will cry foul as BMW distances itself further from what it used to be.
      Michael Marcelo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they'll keep the M3 name for the sedan 4 doors in M it's M version. Can't wait to see the beast undisguised !
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the 4 door is going to be better looking than the coupe this time.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disappointed by the name change, but I can't wait to see this thing when it's unwrapped.
      Kyle Potter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously hate that the moniker, "M4" will adorn one of the most legendary vehicles of all time....
      Brandon Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soon BMW will announce a new tuner division called "A" since the M-badge is being used as a monkier for more models within the BMW lineup as a step above "is" and a step below a true M. So the next M3 will actually be an A4. This will also serve to destroy Audi's web search stronghold on "A4" making BMW's natural search engine results yield more real-estate. /fakebutprobablynotfakenews
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      If BMW does come out with a 4 will be truly sad.......calling it the 4 series just so you can have more model numbers, so you can called the biggest luxury marquee........what happen to the BMW of yore.
      A P
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      Du K
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's pretty obvious why they are doing this. They want a more direct competitor to the A5/s5/RS5 family. Quit your betchin.
      • 2 Years Ago
      No such thing as M4. Nothing official from BMW they will abandon the 3 series name for the coupe.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The rumor has been around for over a decade (same with the rumored BMW V6). I highly doubt it will happen. Even if it does, according to Car & Driver, the M3 will still be called the M3, regardless of door count.
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        I don't think it's gonna cost that much. Plus you don't need all the options they provide. So you are looking at about 68K
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