There were some speculations that BMW might offer a manual transmission option with the BMW M3 and BMW later confirm that that will be happening for both the M3 and M4. Now, the BMW M3 has been spotted with the familiar sound of manual gear changing suggesting that the manual version might not be too far off.
The M3 will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine that will be mated to a manual transmission. This is the same engine that the X3 M and X4 M are offered with right now and those models had about 473hp and 503hp to offer.
One thing that the spies did notice was that with the 3.0-liter engine, the BMW M3 does not sound that impressive but since this a prototype, we might still end up seeing it with a sports exhaust system when it finally arrives. What do you think?