Behold our first clear glimpse at the 2014 BMW M3. Photographers spotted the high performance sedan undergoing hot-weather testing in Death Valley. Engineers peeled back a slab of heavy nose cladding for the first time, revealing the machine's menacing lower valance and headlamps. The design features sizable air intakes down low, and it looks as if a new hood is part of the recipe as well. If these photos are any indication, the M3 will continue to boast a prominent power bulge for the next model year.

Massive drilled rotors and similarly potent-looking calipers are part of the song and dance, which is a good thing. BMW has made it clear the 2014 M3 will bow with a forced induction inline six in place of the current model's fire-breathing high-rev V8. Even so, we don't expect to see a reduction in power or performance.


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      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      So...would someone - ANYBODY - explain to me WHY does BMW bother to comaflauge vehicles when the design hasn't really changed to any great degree in several decades? I'll bet that if this car was seen without any disguise at all, 99% of the people looking at it wouldn't notice any difference from the current car. BMW's look has become sooooo mundane(!)
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, it looks JUST LIKE the old one.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      not so excited about this car like i use to be.........and if bmw does use the 4 series/ M4 moniker it will be sad
        Stefan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        How could any M enthusiast be interested in this neutered marketing exercise? Twin turbo inline 6, likely just a modified N55. Is the M3/4 going to get "active sound" design as well? Better check your fuses!
      americanjunglist
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's some of the worst camo I've ever seen. There are so many shadows cast that I can tell almost exactly what it looks like.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two tons (likely) of fun.... E30 anyone?
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not interested. Already bought my RS5. Higher revving engine combined with better handling and grip, and more usability in poor weather condtions, better exterior, and a better sound.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        [blocked]
        ihyln
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Congrats on buying a heavier, slower, and more expensive car. I guess you didn't get the memo about posermobiles.
        RL to RL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Modding that V8 is not cheap(RS4 supercharger price is 15k)and it really doesn't have that much torque anyway. Audi failed big time when they switched from turbo RS4 or even the V-10 RS6. To this day there's no readily available turbo kit for that V8.
        Spies1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        You all do know Justin is full of it I hope. go read here where he got caught lying about what Porsche he claimed to own. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/17/porsche-911-gt3-spotted-testing-before-earning-its-wings/
        me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The RS5 handles worse than the current M3, why would it handle better than the NEW M3.
      Trevor
      • 2 Years Ago
      The whole pinched eye look is really bad...... Saw a 2013 and it looks f"n horrible, such a bad look.
        xspeedy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trevor
        Agreed. And don't like the horizontal, bubbled hood with the steep droop forward of the wheels (I know this to create an air gap for ped safety, but better ways should have come from BMW). And certainly don't like the grossly unsightly shut line straight across the nose. I would like to hear one of the design guys drone on about how it makes the car look like it is in motion or some other nonsense. That was a bonehead move no matter what the story.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know... there once was a time when I actually was excited about an M3. That time has long since past. Too much whiz bang tech crap, heavy, and with minimal design evolution and for me personally - they made it more ugly than it used to be. Non M BMWs already handle well and have good power, which SHOULD leave the M cars for the more driver enthusiast type of owner. If I bought an M3, I would want it to be the "M" at all times. That's why I would've bought it. I don't want to have to get a degree in BMW before I can "configure" the car the way I want it, and then have to do it every single damn time I turn it on. This is to say nothing of the fact that they'll now put an M badge on dog droppings if they think it'll sell. I'm surprised that BMW isn't selling M brand ED pills. Ha, if they made a CSL version of the upcoming car they might by accident... make a normal, wonderful M3.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think BMW knows, they better bring the goods with this one. The ATS-V will not hesitate to knock the M3 off it's throne. It was done to the M5 when the CTS-V came out and Cadillac is not going backwards. Those rotors are large, but 4 pistons calipers are already available in the ATS. With tow letters (LS) Cadillac can silence the M3. I personally hope they go the TT-V6 route, but won't be too disappointed by seeing a V8 under the ATS-V's hood.
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        I don't know... A small block push-rod v8 has a certain power delivery while an Mengine sSHOULD be a light high revving i6. Although they undoubtedly would be competitors, I suspect that they would appeal to different drivers. But then again BMW hadn't really made a true M car in awhile...
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Teleny411
          will you cool it with the light high revving I6 has to be it for an M engine? M has never stuck with a single engine type formula...they made how many dedicated I6 engines? S38 (M1, E28/E34 M5), S50(E36 M cars, including Z3 M), S54 (Z4M and E46 M3) N54 from the 1M doesn't count really, as well as the E36 M3 US's S50US and S52 -------------------------------------------------- how many were NOT I6? S14 I4 (E30 M3), S62 V8 (E39 M5), S65(E9x M3), S85 V10 (E60 M5, E63 M6), S63 V8TT (X5/X6M, F10 M5), S70/2 and S70/3 V12 (Mclaren F1) ****, there were more different non I-6 engines than I6 ones......I'm a BMW fan but i hate it when fanbois tunnel-vision themselves into thinkg M cars should only be powered by I6 motors
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        LOL. Maybe in a few generations V will be able to be used in the same sentence as M. Sorry but they're note even close. Numbers don't matter. Drive both and you'll understand.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MJC
          Where did you drive an ATS and where did you drive an ATS-V? I would really like to know this.
      Jeferson
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, no more V8, no more coupe, no more carbon fiber roof. Hum.... more like a 335i to me...
        CoffeeJones
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeferson
        what makes you think the CF roof and coupe are gone?
        Marcel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeferson
        E36 M3 and E46 had no carbon roof. Does that mean they're not "real" M3s?
        tool0117
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeferson
        really, you can get a 400+ hp 335i? dumb@ss
          Stefan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tool0117
          Actually.. yes. 335is + moderate tune. 400hp easy.
      ablogreadr
      • 2 Years Ago
      no doubt this will be loaded with useless tech like the f10 m5. bmw lost the plot ages ago.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lemming-mobiles for the eternal lemming.........the same dreary design year after year. BMW styling is a joke.
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