Recent spyshots have removed some of the last layers of mystery surrounding the design of the all-new 2021 BMW M3. Thus, we know what to expect in almost every department.
When the M3 emerged for testing about a year ago, it seemed to have normal grilles, sized about the same as the 3 Series. However, the latest prototypes have shown an affinity for the 4 Series look, which includes taller kidneys.
Adding insult to injury, the M3 sports 4 Series headlights and even changed the way the bars in the grille are arranged. Putting them horizontally doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s the sort of thing that sends BMW fanatics reaching for their pitchforks.
To clarify what kind of changes we’re talking about, the Russian website Kolesa has put together their usual pair of renderings. They show the G80 M3 from both the front and the back. It’s pretty safe to assume this is what the production model looks like.
The whole front end seems strangely shaped, as the side intakes have been broken up and moved inwards. If you squint really hard, this begins to look a little bit like the Alfa Giulia QV.
The rear looks a little less dramatic. Maybe they blew the whole redesign budget on that nose. But there are small changes all over the car, like the taillights, the mirrors, and the traditional go-fast enhancements (brakes, wheels, and suspension drop).
The power output has already been confirmed by BMW officials. Obviously, a twin-turbo 3-liter inline-6 still resides under the hood. This will be available with 473 horsepower or 503 hp on the Competition model. An 8-speed automatic will take the place of the DCT, while the M xDrive system will be available for the first time on an M3. It’s going to be a brute… an ugly brute.