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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. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        Well done sir.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Brey335i Click here to enlarge
        Have you driven a recent M3? That rush as the needle passes 7000 and keeps on swinging is one of the most intoxicating and satisfying feelings you can get while driving. The car is an absolute monster, incredibly responsive, and the noise is just epic. Monday mornings suck. A visit to 8200 rpm on the highway ramp definitely drives the Monday blues away and puts me in a good mood. The M3 has been defined by great motors for the last couple of generations. You have to work it to extract the maximum. Man and machine together. And it's a very gratifying feeling.
        Trying to explain the appeal of a high revving motor with the power up top and a flat curve to people these days who just want to tune for some more ponies with more boost is lost on them.
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        So I talked to my buddy today and he has seen two new F80 M3's going up the San Marcus Pass in the last week. Perfect testing grounds!
      1. daemonicus's Avatar
        daemonicus -
        off topic, but to me it's an important one.

        are they removing those unacceptably ugly headlight sections that flow into the kidneys?

        Click here to enlarge

        unfortunately, if they did decide to honor my wish, I still wouldn't buy one because all you have is a cookie cutter, shrunk 5 series, which is just a cookie cutter, shrunk 7 series. it's pitiful.

        back in the good old days, you could actually tell the sedans apart.

        an e46 doesn't look like an e39 which doesn't look like an e38. there was a surplus or differentiating exterior designs which is now completely gone and replaced with a vague (albeit decent looking) set of cookie cutter tail lights, head lights and side profiles.

        I had the opportunity to drive a loaner '13 328xi with premium, sport, cold weather and nav packages optioned, along with an automatic tranny. drove it for almost 2 hours on pretty much every condition possible so I feel I got a pretty good sense of daily drivability and personality of the car. needless to say, I got back in my slow, rattle infested, 13 year old, sport 330ci with a stick and forgot everything of the f30. I have, and perhaps never will have, any desire whatsoever to purchase anything past an e90, and even that's kind of a stretch compared to the e46.

        somewhere between swooping lines, sound deadening and electric power steering, BMW forgot what made them famous; giving consumers "The Ultimate Driving Machine". so until they debut something raw and inspired by past cars, they will forever march on in my mind as "The Ultimate Riding Machine".
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Lights just seem to be covered.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        The e46 and e39 have similar design language btw.
      1. onurleft's Avatar
        onurleft -
        So disappointed in reading about the 7k redline. This really does piss me off. I can understand a 7 or 7200 rpm redline for a V8 but it seems like moving forward with technology and customer satisfaction would truly involve a high revving FI motor. What differentiates this from a 335? Ok, it pulls to redline, OK it has less lag and is more responsive. Take our NA motors but at least simulate one of the best experiences that made them so great. The McLaren pulled it off, and BMW, in its past has always pulled off mainstream "super car like" motors. Seems like they are continuing to sell out for profit
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        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.
      1. cstavaru's Avatar
        cstavaru -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Brey335i Click here to enlarge
        Have you driven a recent M3? That rush as the needle passes 7000 and keeps on swinging is one of the most intoxicating and satisfying feelings you can get while driving.
        Yes I have driven the e92 M3, the F10 M5, the X5M and X6M. The e92 M3 engine is not impressive at all, but its handling is.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Yes I have driven the e92 M3, the F10 M5, the X5M and X6M. The e92 M3 engine is not impressive at all, but its handling is.
        it just needs more power
      1. Brey335i's Avatar
        Brey335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        The e92 M3 engine is not impressive at all, but its handling is.
        Really? I think the S65 is one of the best engines ever made. You have a 4 liter V8 that pulls to over 8000 rpm with an absolute beauty of a torque curve. Insanely responsive and pulls like a maniac up top. Whatever floats your boat I guess.
      1. tdizzle00's Avatar
        tdizzle00 -
        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.
        I clearly remember the "zomg a V8 in a M3? Blashpemous!" talk. You may be on to something.
      1. danniexi's Avatar
        danniexi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Looks to be same interior as this pic. 7k redline. Same DCT knob and steering wheel.

        http://www.bimmerboost.com/images/im...ed1080p5-1.jpg
        With a turbo car it's most likely around 7K redline. Interesting how they DON'T have the typical M Gauge cluster installed at the moment (the lack of red needles and ///M badges).
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by onurleft Click here to enlarge
        What differentiates this from a 335?
        More boost. Water/air IC. M brakes, wheels, body work. That's it, not as special as it once was.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        The e92 M3 engine is not impressive at all
        8400 rpm 100 hp per liter V8's aren't impressive eh?
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Yes I have driven the e92 M3, the F10 M5, the X5M and X6M. The e92 M3 engine is not impressive at all, but its handling is.
        The M3 would be faster than all except the M5 - specifically, why didn't you like the S65? Specifically.
      1. VCMPower's Avatar
        VCMPower -
        did anyone else take a close look at the rear muffler and see maybe a bypass valve on the outer most pipe and how the outer most pipe doesn't appear to join the muffler body? just something new to discuss other then redline ......
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by VCMPower Click here to enlarge
        did anyone else take a close look at the rear muffler and see maybe a bypass valve on the outer most pipe and how the outer most pipe doesn't appear to join the muffler body? just something new to discuss other then redline ......
        Heh, this has been discussed in the thread Click here to enlarge
      1. VCMPower's Avatar
        VCMPower -
        oops hehe
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Heh, this has been discussed in the thread Click here to enlarge
      1. cstavaru's Avatar
        cstavaru -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        why didn't you like the S65? Specifically.
        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.