We give you a pretty close approximation of what the final M3 will look like, when it makes it appearance at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Artist impression of the new M3 (Copyright Wheels24/Wayne Batty)
The next M3 is the first 3 Series model to get V8 power which will thrust out about 300 kW. So expect it to jet from 0-100 km/h in a fraction over five seconds, while top speed will obviously be limited to 250 km/h.
Insiders say that the new V8, which is derived from the M5's V10, will be more compact than the old in-line six cylinder unit. Thanks to a longer wheelbase too the M3 will feature good weight distribution.
Power will be fed to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox or BMW's latest SMG transmission.
The car takes many cues from the M5, with twin-exit exhausts, front wing vents and "M" badges. Naturally this will result in a more aggressive look than the average 3 Series.
BMW will also launch the M3 in four-door, estate and cabrio guises.