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    • BimmerBoost spots the 2014 F80 M3 testing in Santa Barbara California, 7k RPM redline - Photos showing undercarriage, wheels, brakes, exhaust, and front/rear lights

      Always a cool feeling to run into a hot upcoming car, in this case the 2014 BMW M3, and catching it undergoing testing before release. Spyphotos like these get big attention as they show off upcoming design elements. So what can we see here? Well, first of all the color on the car is Jerez Black which looks like it will be making a return on the F80 M3 being a popular color on the E9X M3 series. Shots of the brake disc show some very large vented rotors that hopefully have some high end calipers on them this time around.

      The design of the car does not differ much from what we all expect but the classic aggressive M3 fenders are there thankfully. A more aggressive front bumper along with rear diffuser sporting quad tips round out the look. Overall, BMW is playing it very safe styling wise.

      Reflections in the window make it difficult to see much of the interior although a dual clutch trans can clearly be made out along with tri-color M stitching on the wheel. Photographer stated redline was 7k rpm. So much for that high revving M philosophy eh?

      The shot underneath the car shows what appears to a fairly large tranny cooler (hopefully not sharing the same cooler as the manual as BMW did with the E9X generation) as well as a big and likely heavy rear muffler that aftermarket exhaust manufacturers will be promptly ditching.

      Great set of spyphotos and a big thank you to BimmerBoost member @bmw335iguy for capturing the car.




















      This article was originally published in forum thread: F80 m3 spotted in Santa Barbara! started by bmw335iguy View original post
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      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        Very nice sig, how much?
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        CA is one of BMW's more common US "real world" testing grounds.... Def looking forward to when you posts the photos up
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Torgus Click here to enlarge
        Very nice sig, how much?
        Haha, I asked the guy if the car came with a pussy magnet, but he assured me the car itself was the magnet. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sparky68's Avatar
        Sparky68 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        So I'm riding into work this morning and Lo and behold I see a camo'd out BMW driving in the opposite direction. So I quickly turned around and found where he parked and was able to get some photos. I'm on my phone now and can't resize the pics but if someone wants I can text you the photos so you can resize them, or ill do it tonight when I get home. It was a dct, redline was 7k rpms. Car sounded good when he drove away.

        In for the pics, cant you stick them on photobucket or something similar?
      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        Haha, I asked the guy if the car came with a pussy magnet, but he assured me the car itself was the magnet. Click here to enlarge
        So would you say the car was black not? Either way you deserve a High Five!
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        PM'd. Send me the pics! :p
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        edited
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Thanks Nafoo! I'll send you rep your way.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        tried to rep, have to spread it around.. you should have gotten some videos as well! we wanna hear what it sounds like
      1. partlowr's Avatar
        partlowr -
        I would have repped you but don't have enough points. Great thread!
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nafoo Click here to enlarge
        edited
        @Sticky cant you give him a 100reps from us who cant at the moment due to the rep spread rule?
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        I think this is an M4, no?

        EDIT: NMV, the 4 series is going to be a 2 door. The headlights on this look different than the 3 series, though.
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        I think this is an M4, no?
        Looks like a 4 door to me. So M3.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        I like those wheels.
      1. MisterEm's Avatar
        MisterEm -
        +Rep for bmw335 and nafoo.

        Those are much better pictures than the other site's spy photos. Thanks for the brake shots as the ccb option becomes a reality.
      1. continue5's Avatar
        continue5 -
        7k rev, how disappointing Click here to enlarge
      1. amclint's Avatar
        amclint -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by continue5 Click here to enlarge
        Great work! Did you by any chance get a glance at the tach on how far it will rev? Hopefully 8500? Click here to enlarge
        First post says 7k RPM redline.
      1. Black Sheep's Avatar
        Black Sheep -
        Nice!
      1. E90Company's Avatar
        E90Company -
        Sick! Repped
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Don't forget to give OP reps! He's the one who actually took the pictures!