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      08-28-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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G80 M3 reveals more of kidney grilles in Spain

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Reader Jan glimpsed two camouflaged BMW test mules driving in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, near Granada, not long ago. He said he guessed the cars were an M5 and M3, and that “the guys [driving] said yes,” but he’s not sure if there were kidding or not...

The supposed M3 has this cool thing going on where its kidney grilles extend past the bumper panel that’s meant to hold a license plate.


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It does look to be separate grills - the 2 kidneys and a matching lower (you can see the outline of the seperation in the upper kidneys and bumper)
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      08-28-2019, 03:34 PM   #3
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It does look to be separate grills - the 2 kidneys and a matching lower (you can see the outline of the seperation in the upper kidneys and bumper)
Not really "matching" though... there are a different number (and spacing) of vertical bars in the lower section than the upper. This is going to look more like cross between a buck-toothed beaver and a whale filtering plankton ;-)
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Not really "matching" though... there are a different number (and spacing) of vertical bars in the lower section than the upper. This is going to look more like cross between a buck-toothed beaver and a whale filtering plankton ;-)
Fair - not matching but similar. Regardless, hopefully we get a reveal at Frankfurt in 2 weeks!
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Not really "matching" though... there are a different number (and spacing) of vertical bars in the lower section than the upper. This is going to look more like cross between a buck-toothed beaver and a whale filtering plankton ;-)
Fair - not matching but similar. Regardless, hopefully we get a reveal at Frankfurt in 2 weeks!
The lower half is sticking out a bit more than the top half too, so maybe it's still part of the camo that's there to mess with us? Also, aren't M cars moving to double slat grilles?

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      08-28-2019, 04:11 PM   #6
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The lower half is sticking out a bit more than the top half too, so maybe it's still part of the camo that's there to mess with us? Also, aren't M cars moving to double slat grilles?

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I see what you're saying. The way they protrude outward in that pic shows a lack of cohesion. Could be an add-on to throw us off...
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It's an older prototype. So it carries the generic G20 front fascia but the lower aerodynamic portions seem to be from the M3/M4.
You have to admit this is genius trolling on behalf of BMW M.
They remove the lower portion to tease especially when we are at the period where the front camouflage has to be removed especially for heat and altitude testing.
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I see what you're saying. The way they protrude outward in that pic shows a lack of cohesion. Could be an add-on to throw us off...
Gotta hope so! That angle looks like a car that's been made out of a few spare parts from a junkyard.
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I might be mistaken but those grilles look almost 'normal' to me. Maybe BMW hasn't destroyed the new M3/M4 front end design after all?
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Put a extra long license plate through then you would be good to go...
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Hope they're trolling us.....

But I rest such scared about what it could happen. I've got a friend in BMW in Munich...and he told me that...yes....both M3/4 and 4 series will have an oversized kidney grille.....so...i'm scared.....
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Good find - the cross grill license plate arm seems to protrude more than in the renders. From the photos it looks like it's a few inches off the grill.
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To me what we are seeing here is the lower air channels that will sit under the bumper cover to ensure air is properly diverted to the cooling systems... gives us an idea of where the hard points and grills are going to be...

Upper section shows this is the mutant mule using the g20 front end

You can see the huge wheel wells where they just cut bigger openings to allow for what will be a wider fender set up
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It's an older prototype. So it carries the generic G20 front fascia but the lower aerodynamic portions seem to be from the M3/M4.
You have to admit this is genius trolling on behalf of BMW M.
They remove the lower portion to tease especially when we are at the period where the front camouflage has to be removed especially for heat and altitude testing.
That is what I figured is going on.

Also missing the new horizontal slats.
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To me what we are seeing here is the lower air channels that will sit under the bumper cover to ensure air is properly diverted to the cooling systems... gives us an idea of where the hard points and grills are going to be...

Upper section shows this is the mutant mule using the g20 front end

You can see the huge wheel wells where they just cut bigger openings to allow for what will be a wider fender set up
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I just know this teasing it's getting old
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They do this on purpose to f*ck with us forum people lol... no way that is anything close to production
I'm more concerned with the front fender to wheel gap, rear looks about right.
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To me what we are seeing here is the lower air channels that will sit under the bumper cover to ensure air is properly diverted to the cooling systems... gives us an idea of where the hard points and grills are going to be...

Upper section shows this is the mutant mule using the g20 front end

You can see the huge wheel wells where they just cut bigger openings to allow for what will be a wider fender set up
Exactly, clever way to delay reveal of the tall kidney grills by using top half from G20.
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So does the comp pack get double slats?
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