The F80 M3 front bumper has all but been reveled. BMW tested this F80 M3 with just a cloth covering over the front bumper and gave our spy photographers a great opportunity to capture the design. The design borrows much from the F12/F13 M6, especially the left and right large openings with the flared whisker design. Looking at the design more closely you can see several differences from the M6. The left and right opening angle in and down on the top edge to meet a shorter center opening. The M3 show does not have a splitter like the M6 coupe in the comparison picture. That may be added later or might not be offered at all.
In comparison to the F10 M5 or the F30 M Sport the bumper is clearly more aggressive. The F30 M5 lacks whisker effect that are see on the F80 M3 as well as the F12/F13 M6. There is a similar effect on the F30 M Sport bumper with a two plane design on the top of the left and right openings, but no where as angular as the M3 or M6.
F30 M Sport
The F80 M3 is the sedan M car based on the F30 platform. With over 80% of the F80 being unique and different from the non-M F30 BMW will be giving all future M cars their own chassis code. The F80 M3 will be powered by an inline 6 cylinder with twin turbos based on the N54. The 400 plus HP will be put to the ground using the active M differential technology found in the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6. We're also expecting a significant weight savings over the outgoing M3.
BMW is removing camouflage off the F80 M3 quicker then expected. Could this mean they intend to release the F80 M3 sedan significantly before the F82 M4 coupe? It would be an interesting maneuver from BMW, but as we've seen with the 4 series renaming, the times they are a changing.
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