The all-new 2020 BMW M3 sedan (G80) has recently been spotted by spy photographer cameras during secret testing in Scandinavia, Europe. This upcoming four-door sedan is wrapped in heavy camouflage during testing, making it difficult to find detailed changes on this high-performance M3 sedan. However, there are some aggressive design changes seen on the exterior. The BMW engineers were clearly working hard during the testing of the next-generation M3 G80 sports sedan. Although the new G80 prototype was wrapped in heavy camouflage during testing, but there were some striking changes that could be found such as larger alloy wheels, upgraded brake component, subtle bootlid lip spoiler, and quad exhaust tailpipes.

This year, BMW has planned to bring the new M3 sports sedan along with its M4 sibling at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show which will take place this September. Although there will be a slighty price increases, this new model will get an increase in power and torque of 474 bhp and 480 lb-ft of torque. That means offering 30 bhp more than the Audi RS4 and RS5 can provide, and defeating the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan. In addition, the 2020 BMW M3 has gained a weight reduction of 65 kg compared to the current model, plus it has been equipped with a new aerodynamic system and better downforce distribution, upgraded suspension, as well as stiffer bodywork.

High-Performance 2020 BMW M3 (G80)
High-Performance 2020 BMW M3 (G80)

The 2020 BMW M3 will be available with a standard rear-wheel drive layout on its entry-level model, while the upper trim level will be equipped with the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Interestingly, the German automaker is planning to offer the entry-level M3 and M4 models called the “Pure” variant. But it’s rumored to have less power than the regular model (around 454 bhp) and is not equipped with the BMW M-xDrive AWD system and 8-speed automatic gearbox. Instead, the new BMW M3 and M4 Pure versions will be equipped with a rear-wheel-drive configuration featuring an electronically controlled locking differential, and six-speed manual gearbox.

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The new Pure Edition on the BMW M3 and M4 is rumored to have received aggressive design changes at the front and rear end, in order to make a difference with the regular models. In addition, BMW will also place its own unique alloy wheels designs, special paint colors, Alcantara upholstery, special fabric, bespoke instrument graphics, and color-coded cabin trims. The new Pure variant will be a cheaper and more affordable version of the regular BMW M3 and M4 models. It’s powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “S58” straight-six engine featuring water-injection and new petrol particulate filter.

Current BMW M3 Sedan (U.S.-Spec Model)
Current BMW M3 Sedan (U.S.-Spec Model)

Pricing and Release Date

Release date hasn’t been confirmed, but the high-performance 2020 BMW M3 (G80) is expected to be launched at some point this year. Unfortunately, BMW will likely no longer offer M3 Touring in the future. Instead, the German automaker will launch a new four-door M4 Gran Coupe by 2020. While its sibling “the new M4 Competition” will get a powertrain upgrade that can produce power output up to 503 bhp, thanks to the use of a new exhaust system, higher compression ratio, more voluminous intake manifold, and aggressive boost pressure. In addition, the new 2020 BMW M4 cabriolet will also switch from metal material to soft-top.

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