BMW has just unveiled the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series, with the codename of G20, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Its high-performance version – the BMW M3 -- with codename of G80 – won't follow immediately, and is expected to be launched for the 2020 model year at the earliest.
The German premium carmaker may start teasing and then launch the next-gen BMW M3 as early as next year. This means that its fans and enthusiasts would have wait for at least a year before getting a good a look at the next-gen high-performance version of the BMW 3 series.
For those who can’t wait that long, the BMW M3 G80 can be previewed unofficially through a work by Aksyonov Nikita, an automotive graphic designer based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nikita has rendered various versions of future and present vehicles, including those created by Aston Martin, BMW, Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Peugeot, as well as a lot more.
One of his latest renderings involves the new BMW M3. This work – titled as the “2019 BMW M3” – was posted in Nikita’s account on online network site Behance. In this particular work, Nikita managed to show how the next high performance 3 Series may look like when it is released as a 2020 model. This rendered work might Nikita’s own vision or perception, but at least, it is enough to be considered as a good yet unofficial representation of the next generation of the BMW M3.
Interestingly, Nikita posted a rendered version of the M3 – titled as the “2018 BMW M3” – in September, and that work was gorgeous. Nikita’s rendered 2018 BMW M3 already presented what may be expected of the next high-performance version of the 3 Series, including certain aerodynamic applications. But there is one awkward detail on this rendering that can never be seen in an M3. The last time we checked, the BMW M3 has quad exhausts, or two twin-exhaust outlets at the rear. Nikita’s 2018 M3 rendering, however, has two single-outlet exhausts at the rear – a setup usually seen on a standard BMW 3 Series, but not on the high-performance version.
On the 2019 BMW M3 rendering, rectified this setup. Now, his latest rendered version of the M3 has two twin-exhaust outlets at the rear. The quad exhausts on the M model are designed to visually highlight the increased power of the new M3.
Nonetheless, the true basis for the appearance of the next-gen BMW M3 will be the all-new BMW 3 Series G20 that was just unveiled in Paris. Nikita’s 2019 BMW M3 rendering built on this newly unveiled 3 Series, adding a number of enhancements designed to make the next M3 a high-performance machine. So, if you wanted to see how the new M3 may look like even before its launch, you may as well as look at Nikita’s rendering.