When an automaker reveals a new model, they go to great lengths to present it in the best possible light. It’s Marketing 101, with perfectly framed press photos and organized releases, although it’s hard to judge what a car looks like from photos alone. That’s why it’s essential to see what it looks like among its contemporaries, and a new batch of photos show us what the new 2021 BMW M3 looks like and its muzzle on the road.
Surprisingly, the M3’s design feels smoother in the real world. However, we expect those who despise the BMW’s large grille and crumpled front fascia to be able to see only these design features. While BMW may have revealed the M3 earlier this week, there’s a good chance the automaker will continue to tweak the model before production begins – the model isn’t expected to hit U.S. dealerships until March 2021.
Behind that prominent grille sits a powerful engine – BMW’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six. In the standard M3, the mill produces 473 horsepower (352 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) of torque. The M3 Competition uses the same mill, but it produces 503 hp (375 kW) and 479 lb-ft (649 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual is standard for the M3, while an eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox available for the Comp model.
BMW’s wild exterior design also influenced the interior with bright colors and heavily reinforced seats available only to the more daring BMW owners. When the new model arrives, it will start at $ 69,900, which does not include the destination fee of $ 995. The M3 contest will start at $ 72,800. BMW has yet to release pricing for the all-wheel-drive model, as that model won’t hit dealerships until the end of next year. This probably won’t be the last time we’ll see the M3 for testing before it goes on sale.