Excited about the new M3? Course you are. A BMW M GmbH 3 Series doesn't come along all that often, and tends to set the benchmark when it does. Expected later in 2020, this new video gives us the best look yet at what the new M3 might be like.
It's called 'Shaping the icon', hosted by BMW bods Christian Flessa and Peter Schmid and based at the Nurburgring. No great surprise there, given lots of fast cars are tested on the Nordschleife. We also see, though, the G80 M3 tested on a public road damper tuning route that - remarkably for Germany - doesn't seem perfectly surfaced. Given the previous F80 M3 had some issues with its ride early in its life, this is encouraging news - especially as the route is driven seven times a day. The road route is also being used for their work in "eliminating disturbance from the steering system." Again, it would be fair to say that recent M cars maybe haven't had the best steering in the world (even with super sharp front ends) so that sounds like good news as well.
Don't worry, either: there is a lap as well. Or most of a lap, anyway. Driving an M xDrive M3 prototype, from what we can see the car looks almost unerringly composed (with a small squiggle of oversteer) and pretty damn quick as well - when not in the speed limited sections, of course.
As a BMW production, it's no surprise to find the praise coming thick and fast for the new M3 - "at its best in every situation", no less, and "best in class". But there are reasons to be optimistic, with the DSC and brakes said to benefit from significant improvements. And even with the Kool-Aid put down, there's a fine base for this new car in the G20 3 Series, as well as recent M hits like the M5 and M2 Competition. Let's hope, therefore, that this new M3 is just as good as we're all hoping...
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