The all-new BMW M3 will definitely be unveiled sometime this year, whether it’s in Geneva, Beijing or New York. These fresh spy pics of the car testing in snowing European conditions show how the G20 has evolved from its predecessor. The M3 will pair up with the next M4 to unleash anger against their main rivals, some of who have caught up with the legend. We should be able to see the new M3 on Mzansi roads in 2020.

Meanwhile, there are a few interesting discussions going on around the car, main of which is the inclusion of xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) for the first time in the M3. According to industry whispers, the car will use the same CLAR platform found in the new M5, X5 and 8 Series. AWD would certainly improve the M3’s acceleration, which has been lacking against its AWD rival from Ingolstad. But it will also add weight, something the BMW M engineers loathe. Therefore drastic weight cuts will have to be made in other areas.

The powertrain is believed to be underpinned by a new 3.0-litre turbocharged (twin or triple) straight six motor that could develop north of 350kW. It is likely to be paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. All of this will help it sprint below 4 seconds in the 0 – 100km/h test, to make it the quickest M3 of all time.

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