BMW's next-generation M3, performance flagship of the new 3 Series range, has been snapped on the back of a truck, revealing more about its hunkered-down looks and underbody secrets.
Up front, the car will get an aggressive bumper and splitter, complete with gaping air intakes to feed the twin-turbocharged inline-six engine we're expecting to feature. As with the regular 3 Series, we're expecting larger kidney grilles to dominate the front end, likely with vertical struts running through them.
Expect the trim and details to be blacked out on Competition variants, in keeping with brand protocol.
The rear haunches have been appropriately swollen, and the rear bumper has a cutout for the quad pipes fast becoming an M3 calling card. What look like vents have been slashed into the side of the bumper, but there's no spoiler, lip or otherwise.
It looks like the new M3 will share 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six with the X3 M and X4 M, which pumps out 375kW and 600Nm in Competition guise. It's an all-new unit for M GmbH, and leans on technology like a forged crankshaft and cylinder head manufactured using 3D printing.
There's talk of an M3 Wagon, which would make enthusiasts weak at the knees, and BMW looks likely to offer both manual and automatic transmissions.
The new M3 looks set to launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Stay tuned for more in the lead up.