It's not, of course. This is simply a sharp rendering from Britain's Auto Express, but we can likely expect the new M3 to come close. Expect a host of styling, aero and performance enhancements, maybe a little like these tweaks.
These renderings show an evolution of the current M styling, including a wide-open three-port bumper, pumped guards, a quad-tip exhaust setup and the familiar 'power bulge' in the bonnet.
Mechanical details for the new M3 are still to be announced, although it is understood that a turbocharged straight-six will provide power, replacing the V8 of the current model.
Power in the new M isn't expected to stray far from the 309kW of the current model, but with new lightweight construction to back it up, performance improvements should prove impressive enough.
Reports suggest the new M3 will be around 120kg lighter than its predecessor, benefiting from features both familiar and new: high-tensile strength steel, a carbon-fibre roof and plastic body elements.
We can also expect the 2014 M3 to feature traditional hydraulic steering, rather than the electronic setup that features in the regular 3 Series range.
The next M3 will be offered in sedan form only, with the outgoing coupe destined to be replaced by the new M4 badge. Both the sedan and coupe have been spied testing regularly in recent months.
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