BMW F80 M3 Sedan drops most of camo - Is the M3 going on sale sooner then expected?

by Tim Jones on August 27, 2013, 6:27 pm
BMW F80 M3 sedan spied

Ahead of schedule BMW has shown off the M4 concept and now our spies caught this F80 M3 sedan out testing. BMW follows a 7 year release cycle almost to the day, unless they don't. Taking the E90 and E92 M3 schedule and projecting it out 7 years means we shouldn't be seeing the M3 and M4 on sale until 2015, but over a year ahead BMW is clearly out testing. A concept pre-launch version was something BMW did with the E92 M3, but we've seeing the M4 concept 6 months sooner then expected. In the race to keep up with Mercedes has BMW pushed M development up?

BMW F80 M3 sedan

The near production M3 spotted here sports chrome kidney grills, but look for M Performance Parts blacked out grills to be an option. The front bumper looks like it came right off the M4 concept, as does much of the rest of the body upgrades from the standard F30. The concept M4 side vents are visible on the front fenders which dump air from the wheel wells to increasing aerodynamics. Moving around the car we pick up aggressively flared side skirts under the M double bridge side mirrors. Out back the rear bumper has been toned down some, there is a hint of a diffuser but not the awesome carbon fiber piece the M4 concept sported. Sadly I don't expect the production M4 will get that either. The sedan M3 gets a bit of CSL inspiration on the trunk, but perhaps less then the coupe. Up top the carbon fiber roof is retained, will it be possible to get a CF roof with a sunroof is yet to be known.

BMW M3 F30 F80

What can we expect from the production M3? Take all the M components BMW M added to the F32 4 series to make the M4 concept, put them on an F30 and you end up with with the F80 M3. There is no question the M3 in a bright color is going to be a hot machine, but perhaps not as hot as the M4. It lacks that low and wide stance that BMW nailed with the M4. Given my choice I would take home the M4 over the M3 any day, 4 door practicality be damned. What would you park in your garage given the choice?
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22 responses to BMW F80 M3 Sedan drops most of camo - Is the M3 going on sale sooner then expected?

heliochrome85 commented:
August 27, 2013, 6:50 pm

i wonder if the new grill shape is a preview of the F30 LCI?
tturedraider commented:
August 27, 2013, 6:58 pm

than, not then.
tim330i commented:
August 27, 2013, 7:04 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
than, not then.
Then = time, than = comparison?

EDIT - Any thoughts on the BMW? You know, why the site is here :-p

Tim
tturedraider commented:
August 27, 2013, 7:28 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
Then = time, than = comparison?

EDIT - Any thoughts on the BMW? You know, why the site is here :-p

Tim
In this case it's a comparison of time - sooner rather than later.

Yes, I know why the site is here. It doesn't change the fact that regardless of whether one (not just you by any stretch of the imagination) is writing on the internet or elsewhere correct word usage and grammar affect (not impact, btw) the impression one's posts make on readers and thus the value people place on the information contained therein.

My assumption is, as one of the primary site administrators, you know how easy it is to edit a thread title. Right?
Capobranco commented:
August 27, 2013, 7:51 pm

2 door vs. 4 door - difficult choice - besides the issue of utility - the 2 door is obviously the sensual choice but the 4 door possesses a stealth quality with just the right quotient of bad-ass M that I find very appealing.
beden1 commented:
August 27, 2013, 9:18 pm

No hood bulge, or do I see something there that says it's a happy camper?

Except for the front bumper and headlamps, it looks like an E90 M3.
av98 commented:
August 27, 2013, 9:54 pm

Looks very subtle, interesting how the camo covers most of the bits that differentiate an M3 vs a standard 3 series equivalent- side sills, body kit parts (front & rear valences, side skirts), rear spoiler on trunk, roof top, power dome (which is easily pronounced and seen with the side shot). You can definitely see the larger fender flares to accommodate the very wide and large wheels/tires. The wheel to fender clearances are much lower than standard F30s + the cross-drilled and slotted rotors are a nice touch and look much larger in diameter.

Not crazy about the silver grills, would look great in matte black.

And is it just me or does the front hood look much longer from the windshield to the front bumper.
GVFlyer commented:
August 27, 2013, 9:58 pm

This place cracks me up. Some posters don't display even the most rudimentary elements of literacy - capitalization, punctuation, agreement in number, proper pluralization and formation of possessives - while others berate posters over the etymological selection of words. This is a car forum, not a grammar forum. If I get the gist of what you're posting, I'm OK with it.

Having said that, I think the M3 looks far more pedestrian than the M4 concept car; that may be the intent.
Nefilim commented:
August 28, 2013, 1:06 am

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Having said that, I think the M3 looks far more pedestrian than the M4 concept car; that may be the intent.
this.
heliochrome85 commented:
August 28, 2013, 1:29 am

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Having said that, I think the M3 looks far more pedestrian than the M4 concept car; that may be the intent.
but the m3 sedan was never a looker...
Technic commented:
August 28, 2013, 5:54 am

My impression is the complete opposite. BMW is using the same tracks (front and rear) as the M4 in the narrower M3 chassis and thus the wheel bulges are much more exaggerated in the M3 than in the M4.

If anything this M3 looks more like a bad mofo than the M4.

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Having said that, I think the M3 looks far more pedestrian than the M4 concept car; that may be the intent.
poker838 commented:
August 28, 2013, 6:38 am

Aside from the super fender flares, the m3 is more tame than the outrageous looking m4. I actually find the m4 a bit too busy style and the m3 styled similarly to its predecessor. The e92 m3 is more svelte though which is probably my pick if I had to get a coupe.
EstorilF30 commented:
August 28, 2013, 9:06 am

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Originally Posted by heliochrome85 View Post
i wonder if the new grill shape is a preview of the F30 LCI?
Hmm could be. But I think we won't see the LCI until MY2016, meaning not until summer of 2015, right? Seeing as the M3/M4 are probably going to launch well before the Spring, they will be as 2014 models, right? If they launch as MY2015, it will probably be closer to the Spring/Summer when they launch, but that seems too far away as that's another year.

Seems dumb to launch the pre-LCI F30 as single year MY2015, and then modify it in MY2016 only a year later.
Technic commented:
August 28, 2013, 9:22 am

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Originally Posted by heliochrome85 View Post
i wonder if the new grill shape is a preview of the F30 LCI?
That's the same grill (and the headlights) of the M4, which in turn is the same grill and headlights of the F32...
beden1 commented:
August 28, 2013, 9:40 am

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Originally Posted by heliochrome85 View Post
but the m3 sedan was never a looker...
I prefer the looks of the E90 M3 sedan. It looked more masculine compared to the coupe.

The camo covers up the M3 bits in these pictures. Just have to wait to see the naked version before making a decision on the looks of the new M3.
Technic commented:
August 28, 2013, 9:48 am

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Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
I prefer the looks of the E90 M3 sedan. It looked more masculine compared to the coupe.

The camo covers up the M3 bits in these pictures. Just have to wait to see the naked version before making a decision on the looks of the new M3.
Ageed... I had both.
f30jojo commented:
August 28, 2013, 10:33 am

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Originally Posted by heliochrome85 View Post
but the m3 sedan was never a looker...
e90 or new 4 door M3 looked good to me. hell of a lot better looking than that infiniti at the bottom of your posts lol. j/k ...kinda

joe
Jamesonsviggen commented:
August 28, 2013, 10:51 am

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Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
No hood bulge, or do I see something there that says it's a happy camper?

Except for the front bumper and headlamps, it looks like an E90 M3.
Hood bulge is there,look at the side profile-it's under the camo.
Capobranco commented:
August 28, 2013, 11:20 am

Aggressive M styling cues + the bones of the F30 = serious road presence. The more I look at the pics the more I like it - this may be my next M.
beden1 commented:
August 28, 2013, 11:27 am

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Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Aggressive M styling cues + the bones of the F30 = serious road presence. The more I look at the pics the more I like it - this may be my next M.
The profile picture of your M3 still looks pretty damn good as well!
Capobranco commented:
August 28, 2013, 11:50 am

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The profile picture of your M3 still looks pretty damn good as well!
Thanks! - In my eyes Ms do not grow old they just fade away - a few cars including Ms - any 911 - always looks good to me regardless of age. I love it when I see a 25 year old finely maintained 930 cruising about....however, time and tech marches on and you will find me in line for the new M3/M4 assuming a more efficient M with - lighter weight - enhanced power - and no dilution of responsiveness. M has nailed the styling!
beden1 commented:
August 28, 2013, 11:58 am

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Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Thanks! - In my eyes Ms do not grow old they just fade away - a few cars including Ms - any 911 - always looks good to me regardless of age. I love it when I see a 25 year old finely maintained 930 cruising about....however, time and tech marches on and you will find me in line for the new M3/M4 assuming a more efficient M with - lighter weight - enhanced power - and no dilution of responsiveness. M has nailed the styling!
I got to FL at the end of last week and started driving my 335is again. I really like the car, but, I still can't warm up to the turbo power. The hesitation and lack of smooth throttle response just turns me off.