CAR Magazine Previews 2014 BMW M3/4
While the highly anticipated 2014 BMW M3 will debut as a concept in two months at the Geneva Auto Show, high quality scans of the newest CAR Magazine show what appears to be a final production model. Sticking with current BMW naming conventions, the sedan will get the classic “M3″ badge, while the coupe gets a new, less prestigious “M4″ moniker.
As rumored, the naturally aspirated V8 is on its way out, replaced by a turbocharged inline-6 that develops 444hp, 30 more than in the current E92 M3. Here’s what we know from the preview scan on the CAR official website and another two pages from GT Spirit:
1. Barring any scheduling changes, BMW will officially debut the M3 at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
2. The car will be lighter than the current M3, with the aide of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) and aluminum trunk lid, hood, and doors. The end result will be a weight of around 3,300lbs, a weight savings of roughly 420lbs for the sedan. For comparison, its main competitors, including the Mercedes 63 AMG (3,924lbs), Audi S4 (3,638), and Cadillac CTS-V (4,250) all weigh considerably more.
3. A six-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (M-DCT) will be available.
It should be noted that BMW Blog is claiming these photos are simply renderings, while Jalopnik believes it’s the real deal. Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 BMW M3/4 as it is released, and we should know sooner or later the official status of the photos.