• 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. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mithiral67 Click here to enlarge
        hope they slapped an old cluster on reading a 7k limit when it might go to 7.5?
        Thanks for the clarification.
      1. mithiral67's Avatar
        mithiral67 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        When has that ever happened in the history of BMW test cars? It's 7k, nobody is surprised.
        Dream sticky. Live a little.
      1. mithiral67's Avatar
        mithiral67 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Thanks for the clarification.
        Any time.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mithiral67 Click here to enlarge
        Any time.
        Whoopsies.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        I'm positive the redline was 7k. That was the first thing I looked at when looking at the gauge cluster.
        Thanks for the clarification. Again.
      1. BavarianBullet's Avatar
        BavarianBullet -
        I think that's a finned diff cover, not a trans cooler but correct me if I'm wrong.

        DI can rev just fine. 7k is likely all one needs to make around 450hp. Its not a NA engine struggling to make torque, its turbo'd. You'd only need around 350lb-ft at the crank at 6800rpm to make 450hp crank (bmw's goal IIRC). Tuned N54s have laid down around double that torque number.

        All I want the engine to have is a better bottom end, less CR, ideally a few more cubes and better head and it will be a monster.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        anyone look at that exhaust?

        piping looks huge! and it seems one pipe does not go through the muffler?
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by tdizzle00 Click here to enlarge
        Yep this...
        Other manufacturers can do it though - I really think it's valvetronic that is limiting the RPM on the new Ms... They are making power via torque instead of RPMs. I can't dig it up now, but BMW themselves has said that Valvetronic is not fast enough to spin above X - X being something above a 335i and below the last generation M3.

        Look at Audi's 4.2 liter in the RS5 - spins like a son of a gun (8500), and has DI. I would ALMOST say that this engine is on par with the S65 (blasphemy, I know). Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BavarianBullet Click here to enlarge
        I think that's a finned diff cover, not a trans cooler but correct me if I'm wrong.
        Is it the angle or point of view? Looks far up?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BavarianBullet Click here to enlarge
        DI can rev just fine.
        Not really.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Is it the angle or point of view? Looks far up?



        Not really.
        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but I think it's just the angle... That's gotta be the diff cooler.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        piping looks huge! and it seems one pipe does not go through the muffler?
        Looks like it but I would figure it is connected.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but I think it's just the angle... That's gotta be the diff cooler.
        Looks far more like a diff cooler so ya, let me edit.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        anyone look at that exhaust?

        piping looks huge! and it seems one pipe does not go through the muffler?
        Yeah - I noticed this too... It's not only one pipe (the left) - it's also the right. It's symmetrical. I am guessing they are doing something like a user selected bypass for sound enhancement? Maybe a bit more power too? Definitely isn't running through the muffler - that's for sure.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Looks like it but I would figure it is connected.
        It's hard to see at first - check out my beautiful art work Click here to enlarge

        I am thinking those are going straight through with a bypass - definitely aren't hitting the main silencer, right? Hard to say though.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        It's hard to see at first - check out my beautiful art work Click here to enlarge

        I am thinking those are going straight through with a bypass - definitely aren't hitting the main silencer, right? Hard to say though.

        Attachment 29371
        Wait, maybe BMW finally got smart and decided instead of synthetic noise they would employ a sport bypass valve similar to Porsche so they were not a laughing stock again?
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Good point Click here to enlarge
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Wait, maybe BMW finally got smart and decided instead of synthetic noise they would employ a sport bypass valve similar to Porsche so they were not a laughing stock again?
        When he drove away it did sound like it was running without a muffler.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        When he drove away it did sound like it was running without a muffler.
        Interesting.
      1. Brey335i's Avatar
        Brey335i -
        Great find. +rep for you good sir.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Looks to be same interior as this pic. 7k redline. Same DCT knob and steering wheel.

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