2013 BMW M3 given F80 model code

BMW M3 prototype

Forget everything we’ve told you about the BMW model code for the next M3. Bimmerpost brings word the F3x coding has been dropped and will be replaced by a unique F80 codename.

That’s not all, however, with suggestions the M3 sedan will receive a stay of execution. This follows earlier reports predicting the M3 saloon would be scrapped.

Moreover, with the expected move to 4 Series badging for the next 3 Series based coupé models, it could well be that the M3 badge will remain only on four-door models. Meaning the next ‘true’ two-door M3 will actually be an M4. Adding to this pedantry, the M4 will carry an F82 model code.

The F80 M3 is expected in mid-2013, while the F82/F83 (hardtop/covertible) will follow afterwards. That’s right, the sedan is now rumoured to be the first of the new 3 Series platform to wear an M badge. For now, at least.

[Source: BimmerPost]

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