An all-new M3 will be with us soon and a prototype has been spotted on more than one occasion in the last few weeks. However, this is the first time that we have seen the next generation BMW being tested at the Nürburgring and our snapper managed to get a few photos as it lapped the Ring in anger (he said the much larger brakes were glowing at front and rear axle).

The newbie will feature a wider body than the regular 3 Series, along with a harder suspension and a lower ride height too. Under the camo of the sports saloon, referred to internally as the G80, will be enlarged intakes at the front and it will sport the usual signature set of quad-exhaust tips that’ll allow the 450-500 horsepower twin-turbocharged inline-six to breathe.

The motor, which could be a mild hybrid, will be mated to a six-speed manual while an eight-speed automatic will also be offered. It isn’t yet known whether the M3 will be available with all-wheel drive but we do know Bimmer is working on its all-new AWD system known as the M xDrive which might make its way into the newbie.

The new 3-Series should make its debut this year and the M3 could be with us the year after as a 2020 model. Mercedes-AMG and Cadillac — with the C63 and ATS-V respectively — have caught up with the M3 in recent years — time will tell whether the newbie can reclaim top spot once again.

 

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