The 2014 BMW M3 goes testing at the famous Nurburgring track. This new video not only gives us a clear sound of the new engine, but it also shows the athletic capabilities of the new F80 M3.
Under the hood, the 2014 BMW M3 packs an inline-six 3.0-liter S55 turbocharged engine producing 440 hp. This engine will also power the upcoming BMW M4 Coupe which will debut next summer along with the F80 M3 Sedan.
The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission, but we expect to see a manual transmission for U.S. customers. The new M3 is expected to be slightly faster than the current E90 generation thanks to a lower weight. If it falls under 1500 kilograms, then the F80 M3 should be more than a strong contender for similar offerings from Audi and Mercedes.
BMW’s M Division is investing a lot of their time into weight reductions techniques via use of carbon fiber materials. The roof of the M3 will be baked from CFRP, and BMW is developing the first ceramic brakes seen on an M3.
The doors, bootlid and bonnet of the M3 will be skinned in aluminum and the classy five-spoke alloys will be forged items to remove weight as well.
The new M3 will make its auto show debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, but our sources say that the M3 will appear sooner at special events.