2021 BMW M3 images leaked

Sam Naylor
September 22, 2020

Images of the new BMW M3 have been leaked, revealing exactly what this new super saloon will look like. 

  • Design leaked
  • New kidney grille
  • Flared wheel arches
  • New alloy designs
  • Four exhausts
  • M3 Touring officially teased
  • Shares X3 M’s 3.0-litre engine
  • Will make 480hp
  • 510hp in Competition spec
  • Official reveal due before 2021

The German G20.bimmerpost.com forum has shared leaked images of the new BMW M3. This Mercedes-AMG C63 and Audi RS4 rival will sport an aggressive new look and is set to be more powerful than ever.

That grille is the new M3’s most divisive styling point. 

2021 BMW M3 design leaked

The elephant in the room for the new BMW M3 is that whopping kidney grille. Unlike the standard BMW 3 Series, the new M3 will feature the same huge vertical intakes as the upcoming BMW 4 Series.

As with all performance BMWs, there are plenty of extra air vents in the front bumper to cool the M3’s powerful engine, and the wheel arches have been flared outwards to cover a set of wider wheels and tyres.

Quad exhausts are a BMW ‘M’ car signature. 

There are some extra black trims on the BMW M3’s sportier side skirts and you can spot a set of ‘M’ wing mirrors with their extra inward-pointing spike that faces the windscreen. At the rear, there’s a pair of vertical air vents, a new rear diffuser – painted black to match the side skirts – and four exhaust pipes.

This grainy teaser image shows exactly what the new M3 Touring’s rear will look like. 

New BMW M3 Touring

BMW recently confirmed that a BMW M3 Touring will be built, via a teaser image shared on social media. This is the first time the company has made an estate version of the M3, and the teaser image was surprisingly revealing, showing the full design of the car’s rear end.

The image proves that the M3 Touring will use a contrasting central diffuser, and those four exhaust pipes will make it over from the prototypes we’ve seen during testing. Under the skin, it’ll use the same technology as the M3 saloon, as well as the M4 Coupe.

The M3’s cabin will feature similar upgrades to the M4’s –  shown here in a leaked image. 

2021 BMW M3 interior

Leaked images of the new BMW M4’s interior (shown above) show us what to expect from the new M3’a cabin. It’ll feature more supportive bucket seats, a new steering wheel with ‘M’ driving mode buttons and the option of some fairly bold two-tone trim.

In terms of infotainment, there will be a digital instrument cluster from the current 3 Series, plus a central screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’ll offer both touchscreen and iDrive functionality (including the rotary dial for ease of use).

2021 BMW M3 engines

A 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine will sit under the bonnet – it’s the same one that’s in the most recent BMW X3 M, so we already know it will be a very quick car. This means there’s 480hp in the standard M3, and 510hp in the racier Competition model. This should mean it’s even faster than the already-ballistic outgoing BMW M3 saloon.

The new M3 will be the first to come with the option of four-wheel drive. 

2021 BMW M3 four-wheel drive

While most models will be rear-wheel drive, the BMW M3 will have the option of BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system – although these models aren’t expected to go on sale until 2022. The X3 M already uses this layout, so it’s a natural step for the M3. An automatic gearbox will be in most cars, but BMW will also most likely offer a manual gearbox for enthusiast drivers.

The new M3 will be officially revealed before the end of 2020. 

2021 BMW M3 price and release date

We expect that the new BMW M3 will cost from around £76,000, which is in line with its rivals – the Mercedes-AMG C63 and Audi RS4. Expect an official reveal soon, probably in September 2020, and the launch of the car in early 2021. The M3 Touring won’t make its debut until 2022, though – and expect it to cost a little more than the equivalent M3 saloon.

Head over to our BMW M3 review to get all the info on the outgoing model and to watch our in-depth video review. 

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