BMW Blog reports that a mysterious model has appeared at the entrance to the BMW Museum in Munich. The saloon-shaped car is covered by a silver tarpaulin with a few choice pieces of tape covering key details. The speculation suggests that the wheel, one of the parts left uncovered, matches earlier spyshots of the F80 BMW M3.
The F80 BMW M3 isn’t expected until 2014, however, we do expect to see a concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with a full, production version at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW Blog also reports that some of the tape covers an indent that read Fx2. Perhaps signifying F82 or F32, the expected model designations for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 respectively.
Rumours up until this point suggest that the next-generation BMW M3 will feature a twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 engine. 450 horsepower should be available from this unit. Patent applications have also revealed that the BMW V6 will feature a sequential turbocharging layout. The drawings suggest that exhaust fumes from all six-cylinders are routed into one turbocharger and then either into the exhaust, or through another larger unit.