The 2014 BMW M3 sedan has been spotted testing yet again albeit this time wearing the least amount of camouflage thus far. Consequently, the following 2014 BMW M3 prototype gives us our best look of the production-ready car yet, and as expected, it isn’t a dramatic departure from the outgoing BMW E92 M3.
The following image showcases the prototype only sporting camouflage on the hood, obviously hiding the bulge supporting the all-new six-cylinder turbocharged engine. Camo can also be seen on the front bumper, side skirts and wing mirrors as well as just behind the front wheels.
Reports recently emerged that the upcoming 2014 BMW M4 Coupe, which is essentially the same as the new BMW M3 in question but with two fewer doors, won’t be offered with a manual transmission. Instead, BMW will only offer a dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Such a decision by BMW is quite upsetting. It’s an example of current times where manual car sales make up a very small percentage of overall car sales. Additionally, such a move is similar to Ferrari stopping production of all manual vehicles and Porsche not offering the once completely driver focused 911 GT3 with a stick shift.
With the 2014 BMW M3 arguably being more of a daily driver for the family than the M4, it too will likely lose the option of a good ‘ole stick shift.
Under the hood, the 2014 BMW M3 should feature the same 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine of the BMW M4 delivering around 450hp. BMW will also focus on reducing the car’s overall weight.