Video: 2014 BMW M3 prototype screaming like a six-cylinder

September 15, 2012

BMW M has been spotted once again testing a prototype version of the upcoming 2014 BMW M3 sedan. This latest video gives us a clear indication of the new model’s exhaust soundtrack, which reminds us of the old E46 M3.

Bringing back the glorious six-cylinder scream, it’s now pretty much official BMW M will be removing the current 4.0-litre V8 from the M3 lineup for the next model. In the past, all models except for the very first M3 (the E30) have been powered by a straight-six.

It is strongly believed the new model will go a step further than that though by blending in turbocharging technology. As you can hear in the video there is a distinct turbo ‘pop’ in between gear shifts. This is usually a telltale sign there is a turbocharger under the bonnet.

Details are still limited at this stage, however, international critics suggest the new model will feature a 3.0-litre six using either two or three turbochargers. Power is expected to be around the 335kW mark.

Click play on the video below, thanks to Bimmerpost, to have a listen. This should be a cracker of a car. It looks light on its feet even on video.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.