Next Generation F80 M3 Sedan Spied with Power Dome

by Tim Jones on July 26, 2012, 5:19 pm
BMW M3 F80 spotted with power dome

The F30 based M3 Sedan, chassis code F80, is still a good ways from being shown in the final sheet metal but BMW teases us with a new detail on this test mule. The hood power dome, a M3 signature feature that started on the E46 M3 will make its way onto the F80 M3 sedan.

Previously spotted test mules were spied with a standard F30 hood or a hood heavily disguised. The power dome is difficult to see in these shots and appears to perhaps be smaller then the dome on the hood of the E92 M3. The functionality of the dome itself is questionable with the return of a straight six twin turbo motor (triple turbo motor has been ruled out). A little hood bulge history, the E46 M3 was purely cosmetic, the E92 M3 semi-functional and for this M3 I'm guessing we are back to cosmetics.

next generation BMW M3

The power dome shape appears similar to the E92 M3, and could be close to the same size with the wider hood of the F30 making it appear smaller. Other M3 features we can see on this test mule include:
  • 19 inch standard rims with a 20 inch rim as an option.
  • Upgraded brakes with cross drilled rotors.
  • Blue brake calipers that look like they came off the BMW M6. Not sure if we'll see carbon ceramic brakes on the M3.
  • Quad exhaust tips at the rear. The trailer hitch is for testing, don't think we'll get that option.

BMW F80 M3 spi photos

For M3 coupe fans, start getting use to calling it the BMW M4. BMW is keeping the M4 coupe under tighter wraps as we have not even seen the 4 series coupe yet but we have a few M4 spy pictures.

Who is waiting for the F80 M3 sedan? Does anyone have a deposit down with their local dealer already?
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12 responses to Next Generation F80 M3 Sedan Spied with Power Dome

beden1 commented:
July 26, 2012, 6:40 pm

Is it going to have a similar engine to my 335is with a twin turbo? The back end looks similar to the current model which is a good thing. Maybe more pronounced fender flairs to accomodate 20" rims?
LegendsNeverDie commented:
July 26, 2012, 6:51 pm

Can anyone confirm if its going to be a V6 TT or I6 TT?
enigma commented:
July 26, 2012, 8:20 pm

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Originally Posted by LegendsNeverDie View Post
Can anyone confirm if its going to be a V6 TT or I6 TT?
Already confirmed that it'll be a turbo I6.


On the other popular bimmer site, it's reported (probably "speculated" is the better word) that it's actually a functional heat extractor vent (a la M3 GT2).

I personally prefer NOT to have a different hood. It just looks silly.


By the way, I am very interested in the new F80 M3 if BMW can deliver:
- Proper hydraulic steering
- Weight reduction over the previous gen
- Linear power delivery (as linear as it can be with a turbo charged engine)

I can't wait to see the real thing in flesh and test drive it. This could be the front runner to replace my current M3.
LegendsNeverDie commented:
July 26, 2012, 8:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by enigma View Post
Already confirmed that it'll be a turbo I6.


On the other popular bimmer site, it's reported (probably "speculated" is the better word) that it's actually a functional heat extractor vent (a la M3 GT2).

I personally prefer NOT to have a different hood. It just looks silly.


By the way, I am very interested in the new F80 M3 if BMW can deliver:
- Proper hydraulic steering
- Weight reduction over the previous gen
- Linear power delivery (as linear as it can be with a turbo charged engine)

I can't wait to see the real thing in flesh and test drive it. This could be the front runner to replace my current M3.
I am glad they are sticking with the I6! One of my favorite features about BMW.
captainaudio commented:
July 26, 2012, 9:36 pm

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Originally Posted by LegendsNeverDie View Post
I am glad they are sticking with the I6! One of my favorite features about BMW.
It's interesting that the I6 became such an icon. I remember when an I6 was the engine of bottom of the line American cars like the Plymouth Plaza and the Chevy Biscayne and the Ford Falcon. Of course these were inexpensive simple engines and no where near as sophisticated as the BMW I6. The first really great I6 that I remember was the Jaguar XK engine that was in production from the late 40s through the 1990s.

Due to cars like the Jaguar XKE and the BMW 2800 the I6 became synonomous with high performance sport coupes and BMW has continued to develop them to the level of refinement they are at today.


CA
Chris90 commented:
July 26, 2012, 9:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
It's interesting that the I6 became such an icon. I remember when an I6 was the engine of bottom of the line American cars like the Plymouth Plaza and the Chevy Biscayne and the Ford Falcon.
We Americans can give anything a bad name.
Chris90 commented:
July 26, 2012, 9:41 pm

I love inline sixes, but throw a turbo or two on it, and it doesn't sound half as good.

Much as I love the 1M, the turbo six is a turnoff. Then again the stock E46 M3 doesn't sound very good either so what do I know.

I wish BMW engines sounded like they used to, like the 3.8L inline six in the E34 M5. That sounded incredible.
tim330i commented:
July 27, 2012, 10:58 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by enigma View Post
On the other popular bimmer site, it's reported (probably "speculated" is the better word) that it's actually a functional heat extractor vent (a la M3 GT2).
I would call that 100% speculation at this point. I don't see BMW putting a hole in the hood for a production car. This picture shows a dome, not a vent as far as I can tell.

Individual750LI commented:
July 31, 2012, 3:18 pm

This is the car I spotted in Las Vegas Strip! Different driver though.
Dave 330i commented:
July 31, 2012, 5:57 pm

Oh.
enigma commented:
July 31, 2012, 7:14 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
I would call that 100% speculation at this point. I don't see BMW putting a hole in the hood for a production car. This picture shows a dome, not a vent as far as I can tell.

I agree with you. There are new pictures of the F80 being tested in Death Valley and the "vent" or the "dome" is still covered, which to me indicates that it's not really a vent (not being used in hot-climate testing).

I am not sure what to make of it. I didn't think they needed the extra space to create a dome. Whatever it is, I really hope it isn't cosmetic.
tim330i commented:
July 31, 2012, 7:20 pm

It was cosmetic on the E46 M3