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    • 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. 330indy's Avatar
        330indy -
        I drove a MT e90 and noticed the overall weight in the turns. I had to flog the go pedal, but the sound in the upper revs made that fun. I would get terrible mileage if I had one.
        i look forward to the lighter M3 sedan
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Because the torque is very low. At lower RPMs it's laughable. If you put your foot down at 2000RPM you will wait forever to pick up speed. I put the DCT in Sport and ran a short circuit. After a sharp bend the car would barely move from 2500RPM up...it was a mess. Also the engine sound was so faint you could barely hear it. Also it didn't have the usual V8 sound that you turn your head for when a Mercedes AMG passes...

        But the handling was totally different than a regular e92. Sharp as a razor.
        say whaaaaaaaat!?


      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Because the torque is very low. At lower RPMs it's laughable. If you put your foot down at 2000RPM you will wait forever to pick up speed. I put the DCT in Sport and ran a short circuit. After a sharp bend the car would barely move from 2500RPM up...it was a mess. Also the engine sound was so faint you could barely hear it. Also it didn't have the usual V8 sound that you turn your head for when a Mercedes AMG passes...

        But the handling was totally different than a regular e92. Sharp as a razor.
        Yeah, that's what I figured you would say. An engine like this having ridiculous throttle response (almost no cars come close), and flexibility isn't good because it only has 300 ft-lbs of torque from 2.75k-8k (ish)... I don't think you understand that it's not about the torque of the motor; because the engine can rev to 8400 RPM and still make torque (albeit "not tons of it") is so you can take advantage of gearing. A Corvette Z06 (making about 400 ft-lbs) makes LESS torque at the ground than the M3 does in first gear, and the M3 puts nearly the same to the ground as a C5 Z06 in the rest of the gears. In other words, in a 1st gear race, the M3 would win - after that - the weight difference would come into play, and it would probably walk away.

        Point is, you are going off of "feel" - which isn't really a good indicator of anything. You cannot feel velocity; however, you CAN feel acceleration - but what your body is MOST sensitive to is called "jerk". Jerk is the derivative of acceleration, acceleration is the derivative of velocity. All this means (in general terms) - is that the higher order motions (jerk) are what you "perceive" more... Each time a piston in a cylinder fires and generates a ton of force - this is directly transmitted to you as jerk. In other words, you "feel" like the car is accelerating harder when you have an engine creating more torque than another (generically speaking, assuming cylinder counts are equal)... The car has more jerk than the other car - doesn't mean it's accelerating as fast, it just means it is changing acceleration faster than the other... Not sure if any of this is making sense - but this is where all the nonsense of the M3 vs 335i stock for stock comes in. People love torque, and BMW hears this loud and clear. I love power - or torque to the ground. I can care less what snaps my neck back more - I want to go fast, not impress my passenger with nothing.

        Considering you feel like the S65 was inferior to say the X6M/S63, even though the throttle response is laughable in it - this is likely what makes you feel like an engine is good (torque). The M3 with it's measly 295 torques beats the X6M to 160 km/h - yet you feel the S63 was superior somehow. I don't understand it - and never will, but to each their own.

        I really wonder why more people don't buy diesels...

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      1. rustyminded's Avatar
        rustyminded -
        you can make a custome flap in the inner pipe of the exhaust and voala controllable muffler, when closed no muffler is used just pure flow Click here to enlarge
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        That rear subframe assembly including the diff looks straight out of an E9x lol
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Because the torque is very low. At lower RPMs it's laughable. If you put your foot down at 2000RPM you will wait forever to pick up speed.
        80-85% of torque available as early as 1800 rpm... never took me forever to pick up speed.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Yeah, that's what I figured you would say. An engine like this having ridiculous throttle response (almost no cars come close), and flexibility isn't good because it only has 300 ft-lbs of torque from 2.75k-8k (ish)... I don't think you understand that it's not about the torque of the motor; because the engine can rev to 8400 RPM and still make torque (albeit "not tons of it") is so you can take advantage of gearing. A Corvette Z06 (making about 400 ft-lbs) makes LESS torque at the ground than the M3 does in first gear, and the M3 puts nearly the same to the ground as a C5 Z06 in the rest of the gears. In other words, in a 1st gear race, the M3 would win - after that - the weight difference would come into play, and it would probably walk away.

        Point is, you are going off of "feel" - which isn't really a good indicator of anything. You cannot feel velocity; however, you CAN feel acceleration - but what your body is MOST sensitive to is called "jerk". Jerk is the derivative of acceleration, acceleration is the derivative of velocity. All this means (in general terms) - is that the higher order motions (jerk) are what you "perceive" more... Each time a piston in a cylinder fires and generates a ton of force - this is directly transmitted to you as jerk. In other words, you "feel" like the car is accelerating harder when you have an engine creating more torque than another (generically speaking, assuming cylinder counts are equal)... The car has more jerk than the other car - doesn't mean it's accelerating as fast, it just means it is changing acceleration faster than the other... Not sure if any of this is making sense - but this is where all the nonsense of the M3 vs 335i stock for stock comes in. People love torque, and BMW hears this loud and clear. I love power - or torque to the ground. I can care less what snaps my neck back more - I want to go fast, not impress my passenger with nothing.

        Considering you feel like the S65 was inferior to say the X6M/S63, even though the throttle response is laughable in it - this is likely what makes you feel like an engine is good (torque). The M3 with it's measly 295 torques beats the X6M to 160 km/h - yet you feel the S63 was superior somehow. I don't understand it - and never will, but to each their own.

        I really wonder why more people don't buy diesels...

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        I'm so sick of having to explain this.
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        Ah, if only a polarizing filter were available.

        Nice catch!
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        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?
        If it is the same under square dimensions as the N54 and N55, and we do know it is turbo charged, not much reason to go beyond 7K RPM at all.

        Ask people who drive those engines.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I'm so sick of having to explain this.
        It's because everybody on here thinks the N54, low-RPM punch when you say TQ.
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        I really wonder why more people don't buy diesels...
        With VW recently having announced a 10DCT, that age may soon be upon us. Even the 335d is pretty quick with a 6AT and much more efficient than a 335i.

        Remember, not every event in daily driving is a drag race.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by maxnix Click here to enlarge
        With VW recently having announced a 10DCT, that age may soon be upon us. Even the 335d is pretty quick with a 6AT and much more efficient than a 335i.

        Remember, not every event in daily driving is a drag race.
        Yeah, I agree. I actually like diesels - for their economy, and they are fun in the city because of the low end grunt. For a true sports car - however, I am not sure a diesel would cut it (future, maybe - not yet)... I would rather have the revs to play with while in the mountains as opposed to constantly shifting. I hear you though - definitely leap years ahead of where they used to be.

        My entire point was around torque though - not trying to say anything negative about diesels... It's very frustrating to hear about the "lack" of torque in the M3. Yeah - at the crank the N54/55 may have more torque, but not at the wheels/ground - and that's what matters. Point was - if all you are going to care about is a dyno reading or a magazine quote in regard to torque - you should just buy a diesel, as not much can compare.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
        It's been said before but I've read these exact complaints about every m3 generation.... "V8? No way!" "The straight six is what defines the m3! BMW is getting lazy and throwing a v8 in there! "

        Seriously it's hilarious.....this next m will be great and everyone on this thread will want one.
        Nah, heading to Porsche. I need my na.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Nah, heading to Porsche. I need my na.
        Damn straight.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        any new spy pics? im getting antsy
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Last I heard the production f80 m3 will debuted this sept with sales at the end of this year, it's right around the corner!
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        any new spy pics? im getting antsy
        Recent article saying the debut is sept 2013 at the frankfurt autoshow : http://www.bmwblog.com/2013/04/18/20...n-nurburgring/