Spied – IAB reader snaps the 2015 BMW M3 in Death Valley

Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 - 5:49pm IST

A couple of 2015 BMW M3‘s are currently being hot weather tested in the Death Valley, USA. We brought you a spyshot a few days ago showing the two cars on a stretch of highway.

2014 BMW M3 front

Today we have more spyshots of the two examples of the next generation 2015 BMW M3. Of course, there is more to the images. You can also see the all new BMW X5 (X5 M presumably) and the wheel arch of another M3 we suppose in one picture. These images were shot by Indian Autos Blog reader, Mr. Jonathan Rice this week.

As our regular readers know, the 2015 M3 will be available as a five-door sedan only. The 2-door cabriolet and coupé would shift to the 4 Series lineup as the M4 Cabrio and the M4 Coupé. Sad we know, the last ever M3 coupé was recently produced.

2014 BMW M3 rear

The new M3 will be ditching the V8 for a turbocharged 6 cylinder engine. The power output is expected somewhere shy of about 450bhp and BMW say that thanks to the car’s weight saving measures such as a carbon fiber hood, rear wing and even titanium exhausts, the M3 will be a very agile car to drive.

The new M3, better in all other respects, is expected to debut at the 2014 NAIAS (Detroit Motor Show) in January next year and BMW could surprise us by bringing the M4 coupe as well.

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4 thoughts on “Spied – IAB reader snaps the 2015 BMW M3 in Death Valley

  1. Joe says:

    You guys had been saying v6 repeatedly when all other sources root for inline6’s, which BMW’s are famous for!

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    1. Anjan Ravi says:

      Hi Joe,

      You’re right, It could be an inline 6. Corrected it in the story also. Thank you for pointing it out. 🙂

      Reply
      1. Joe says:

        I can see the possibility of them shaving off two more cylinders(like they did for e9X m3, derived from the v10 m5). However i see two main problems there:
        1. You still need to spend lot of R&D for balancing and optimizing it and it is still a complex and expensive race engine from their Sauber F1 program.

        2. BMW has lot of inline 6 expertise since their aerospace roots and even the e46 was a high revving i6. So, it will be cheaper to develop compared to the other route and will return better mpg, which will be very important(read CAFE) for a product designed for almost a double life cycle than normal.

        So, my bet is on a ~500hp and high torque bi-turbo i6, although there are rumors of even a tri- turbo!

  2. Sandeep says:

    Hope BMW take also to India, the last gen BMW M3 Sedan was not available

    Reply

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