Hey, look, more spy shots of the 2014 BMW M3! Our shooters caught this one lapping the Nürburgring, but alas, there isn't much more to see here than in our last set.

To recap: The next-gen M3 will debut in concept form at next spring's Geneva show. BMW will initially offer it just as a sedan, but additional variants will be headed our way in subsequent model years. Power is expected to come from a turbocharged inline six with upwards of 400 horses, though BMW may try and get away with nixing the manual tranny in favor of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

We expect the new M3 to go on sale late next year as a 2014 model.


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      Wender
      • 2 Years Ago
      how come MB has AMG models ready nearly the same time as other regular models are introduced, but BMW takes for ever to get M series vehicles out?
        rsxvue
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wender
        Probably just a simple matter of BMW fine-tuning and developing the car. By the time the next M3 comes, the current (new) 3 series will be older and this will give the line-up a boost.
      rsxvue
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure where the "nixing the manual tranny" rumor comes from but BMW has already been caught testing a MT on this car. (see: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602401 ). I'd be extremely surprised if BMW released a MT option for the F10 M5 and not the F80 M3 especially when one of BMW's M executives was quoted as saying the M3 will always have an MT option (and yes I realize manufacturers aren't always true to their words).
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are not going to get rid of the stick in the M3. They already said that the M3's character demanded that a traditional manual be available.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      And e46 M3 prices get lower. Joy!
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they gave the F10 M7...I mean M5 a stick, I think it's safe to assume M3 gets a manual as well...(in the USA at least)
      brianthelion
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's kind of interesting that this M3 won't have the nose of the coupe... or will it? Yuck. As for the manual debate, I hope they continue to offer the manual. It's cheaper and since less people buy them, they're discounted more. I would know, I drive a manual e93 M3.
      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice bring on the next gen C63 and ISF.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they are sticking with the inline-six it probably won't stray far from 3.0 liters in displacement. 400hps seems about right. Being that the current E93 M3 gets around 414hp it means that the next M3 should be near par. More importantly, the next M3 should shed a couple hundred pounds. We should it expect the M3 to be closer to the 335i (which is around 3,550lbs) than the current M3(which is closer to 3,700lbs).
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad that they're finally ditching the outdated manuals. Dual clutches are much more convenient to use, are safer to use while multitasking, more fuel efficient, and faster. Manuals need to go away. True enthusiasts will always pick faster shifting transmissions, hence, dual clutches.
        quackmanquackman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You've got SO many posts on here and the rest of Autoblog saying the same thing. Are you just trolling? Or do you really miss the fact that, for more than just a few people, manuals are just plain fun. You could probably tune up a Prius or some other boring car to have better straight-line speed while also being so much more "convenient" than, say, an older manual-only M3, but it would not be more fun for a large number of people.
      Black Dynamite
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW already made the mistake of trying to bail on the manual with the M5, and that was a swing and a miss There are still some men left here in The States. We're a dying breed, but...... BD
        FuelToTheFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Black Dynamite
        Ha. Don't make me laugh. Driving manuals is nowhere near manly. In fact, I'd say the opposite. Real men like fast shifting and the pure feeling of going fast without being bothered by the shifting. So they buy dual clutches.
          John
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          Serious query... Experience related: Do you know how to drive a stick (so many with in your dual clutch camp cannot)? If so, have you driven a stick for extended periods of time (as in enough to have gained an appreciation for it)? Demographic related: How old are you (I can understand the AARP crowd feeling more comfortable in an auto)? Are you overweight/out of shape such that the act of driving a manual is tiresome/stressful on your body (self explanatory)? I feel like those questions pretty much cover why someone would have your opinion. I am not suggesting your opinion isn't a valid one and I think it's a stretch to say that driving a manual is more 'manly', that's a stupid comment. However, having owned various sports cars over the years, including a PDK Porsche that I stupidly bought and traded for a 6spd one 6 months later, I can't imagine why someone who knows how to drive a manual and is physically fit enough to enjoy it would hold your position. The bottom line is I don't really care about being 2 tenths of a second slower a lap because I enjoy my 6spd laps more and if you care that much about gas mileage buy a commuter car and enjoy your toys. Just my 2 cents...
          FuelToTheFire
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          >experience Yes, I can drive stick and I currently do (STi sedan) > demographics I'm in my thirties, 6'3 and 250 pounds(muscle, not fat) The main reason I prefer dual clutches is because of the equal or better performance, while at the same time, not being bothered and annoyed by shifting gears.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          I thought you drove a GT-R, not an STI (you said you drove a GT-R in a previous post). Which is it?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Black Dynamite
        >implying driving stick makes you more manly You must be really insecure about certain things.
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