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    • BMW testing the next generation 2014 M3 - Turbo V6? Triple turbo I6? Who knows

      The new 2014 M3 was spotted testing. What is interesting is that it was spotted in 4 door guise despite past rumors about there not being a 4-door M3 this generation. The main question is what motor this car will get? It is almost certain (seriously, it's certain) it will be a turbo motor of some sort. So will it be a tweaked N55? Will it be an N54 with valvetronic and some tweaks? Will it be a triple turbo? Will it be the rumored V6 with a 6 into 1 exhaust manifold feeding one turbo that then feeds into another larger turbo for some kind of compound setup? At this point, we don't think anyone other than BMW knows.










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      1. alq80's Avatar
        alq80 -
        the prototype does sound turbocharged... the low end is beefy and gets more silenced when it moved faster. Whether it was a 6cyl or 8cyl i think is very hard to tell... but either way, the aftermarket for the next gen M3/5s will be much more interesting than before.

        nice find on the video btw!
      1. black bnr32's Avatar
        black bnr32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BTX Click here to enlarge
        im quite traditional at heart thus i do feel the M3 shld be the only M and the others should have other naming conventions.
        um...what? you know there was an m1 and m5 before the first m3, right?
      1. alq80's Avatar
        alq80 -
        wasn't the new 3er supposed to be unveiled at frankfurt btw? it's supposed to go on sale soon yet its still to be shown to us!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        um...what? you know there was an m1 and m5 before the first m3, right?
        Yep, well said.
      1. BTX's Avatar
        BTX -
        yups. there are definitely the M1 and M5 before.

        read a bit about them. anyone knows if they made it into the race circuit?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BTX Click here to enlarge
        read a bit about them. anyone knows if they made it into the race circuit?
        The M1 was based on racing.
      1. black bnr32's Avatar
        black bnr32 -
        and the 3.0csl was successful in racing way before them. try reading about it, and then tell me how traditional you are.
      1. 5mall5nail5's Avatar
        5mall5nail5 -
        Why does everyone think that adding more turbos is going to do something positive?
      1. Sonny's Avatar
        Sonny -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alq80 Click here to enlarge
        considering the M6 is somewhat synonymous with the M5, the M6's market would be crushed by a car that is cheaper, lighter, and faster than it. It absolutely defeats the purpose of an M6 if the M3 is the faster car. These cars, as you should know, are now more status symbols than they are purist performance machines.

        considering this, how would you feel in an M6 if the M3 next to you could overtake you in a straight line and if that same M3 could outturn you. Would you be satisfied with the extra money you spent on the M6, or M5?
        I disagree and agree with you. I disagree that the M6's market would be crushed if the M3 was a better performer, because it already is. Putting aside the M6's 3-4 tenths of a second advantage in the 1/4 mile (for stock cars) the M3 is known as the more dynamic car.

        M6 owners probably don't buy their cars because they can out-drag an M3. They buy them, number one, for status. Number two, for the V10 engine, which is amazing.

        I don't think M6 owners want an M3, otherwise they would have purchased one.

        M6 owners -- who can afford to purchase the cars new -- will not want to go down in price range.

        I do think M6 owners would be a little upset if the less expensive M3 was quicker/faster... but, what if the M3 was even lighter and it had 30 more hp and 50 ft/lbs extra torque than it does now? Then, the M6 -- assuming it keeps the same power levels [500 hp] -- would still be more powerful, but the M3 would just be quicker. I don't think M6 owners would be reconsidering their purchase if the M3 used lighter-weight rotors, wheels, hood, and maybe seats.
      1. Sonny's Avatar
        Sonny -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Not sure if you guys have heard it - but here is the latest F3/80 M3... People are saying it's a V6 from the sound - I cannot be sure. It has a very burbly sound.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jEokuh46ks
        Does sound V6ish
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        and the 3.0csl was successful in racing way before them. try reading about it, and then tell me how traditional you are.
        Don't understand your point here, what about the 3.0 CSL is there that throws off tradition?
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        we can talk about the 3.0CSL anywhere we want because it's the coolest car from BMW.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        we can talk about the 3.0CSL anywhere we want because it's the coolest car from BMW.
        Well ya, it's awesome.