BMW is hoping to keep the 2015 M3 as hidden and low-profile as possible, but motor enthusiasts always have other plans. It has been spotted more than once now and at one time it was completely undisguised. Leftlane reader Chris Kelly, on his way to the recently concluded Los Angeles Auto Show, stumbled upon a mostly undisguised 2015 BMW M3 sedan undergoing last minute testing in one of the traffic-clogged expressways of Southern California.
Codenamed F80, its aggressive front fascia, wide wheels and quad-exhaust outlets out back is a dead giveaway of its presence. The M3 also looks to be sporting a hood bulge and a carbon fiber roof.
The M3 will be powered by a twin-turbo inline-six, and it comes with slightly more power than the outgoing naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V8. The M3 moniker will be reserved for the four-door version, while the coupe and convertible versions will be known as M4s. There will be two transmission choices: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The F80 M3 will share its platform with the F30 3-series, but the architecture will be significantly modified to keep weight at acceptable levels. We can expect the car’s next official appearance to be at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The BMW M3 coupe was one of the best examples of German manufacturing brilliance. In July 2013, BMW has marked the end of an era by rolling out one final M3 coupe, the last of its kind. Though there has been a four-door M3, it was the coupe which drew everybody’s attention. Now with this 2015 four-door M3 version, BMW is hoping that history repeats itself.
The BMW M3 is available in India as a convertible. We can expect the car in India once it enters the global markets after its launch early next year.