The BMW M3 is a performance icon and new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model.

The BMW M3 is a performance icon and new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model.

According to an Auto Express tipster, the 2014 model will have an evolutionary design that incorporates a number of M styling cues. Notable highlights are slated to include a "blade" front bumper, ventilated front fenders and aerodynamic door mirrors. We can also expect revised side skirts, a trunk-mounted spoiler and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Power will reportedly be provided by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops approximately 450 bhp (335 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque. It will likely be offered with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This could enable the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

To hit these numbers, the redesigned model will reportedly weigh 100 kg (220 lbs) less than its predecessor thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber. The lightweight material is expected to be used for the sedan's roof, hood and trunk.

On the handling front, the car is expected to have a sport-tuned suspension, a hydraulic steering system and high-performance tires. There should also be adaptive dampers and an improved limited-slip differential.

The BMW M3 is slated to go on sale next summer and pricing is expected to jump by approximately £3,000 (€3,500 / $4,525).

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2014 BMW M3 promises to be lighter & more powerful - report