One element of the all-new BMW M3/M4 I've been really impressed with is its sound.
Though it's crystal clear at this point the vehicle will be equipped with a forced induction six-cylinder, it's a bit unclear at the moment how much power it will churn out.
But since we've heard it testing on the world famous Nurburgring race track, it's very obvious that BMW has worked on the M3 and M4's sound much more than in previous iterations. I reckon it will be one of the loudest, modern stock cars BMW has produced. Think of it like the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG or Jaguar F-Type, both of which are equipped with very loud stock pipes.
A Bimmerpost member got up close and personal with the new M3 on SoCal's well-known Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and from the clip you can see below, the all-new M sounds very similar to Porsche's iconic and sweet sounding six.
Give it a listen below...
I spotted this car last night around 9pm driving north on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. I knew right away it was the new M3 and I was determined to get a good clip or two before we parted ways.
I can tell you that the car sounds much better when you're driving right next to it, the recording don't do it justice. The engine sounds similar to an e46 M3 and this caught me by surprise because I was expecting it to sound more like a 335 but it didn't. The car sounds loud and alive. It's no v8 but it does sound good for a forced induction 6 cylinder motor.
I got a quick glimpse of the gauges and they look reminiscent of the gauges in the e46 M3 - same amber lighting. All in all I am now very excited about the upcoming M3/M4. Seeing and hearing the car up close I can tell you that it's going to be good, very good. Only time will tell whether or not it will be as exciting to drive as the e9x but I have a good feeling about it.