CAR Magazine Previews 2014 BMW M3/4

BMW M3 Scans CAR Magazine


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.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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