Watch The 2019 BMW 3 Series Perfect Its Magic At The Nurburgring

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A new benchmark has to be set.

A lot has happened since the current F30 generation BMW 3 Series went on sale back in 2011. Despite a recent mid-life update, the always benchmarked by competitors 3 Series is still showing its age. That fresh competition has consisted of an all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. BMW is currently in advanced development of the next generation 3 Series, codenamed G20, which is due to arrive in 2019. That may seem like a long way out, but in this industry it’s really not.

Spotter Automotive Mike has snagged some footage of the new 3 Series doing test runs at the Nurburgring. Despite its camo-ed body, the long hood, short rear deck shape that’s defined the 3 Series from the beginning remains. We’re told weight reduction has been a major focus for engineers, with an estimated 88 pounds being shaved off compared to today’s car.

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Even greater use of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is being utilized to make that possible. Like the larger 5 and 7 Series, the G20 3 Series rides on BMW’s CLAR platform, although it’s been shortened in this case. Expect to see the continuation of the plug-in hybrid model, which will be offered in two output flavors, 226 hp or 261 hp. BMW will also launch a pair of new performance models, , both of which will slot below the M3. Since we’re on that subject, providing an additional 28 hp or so, boosting output to over 450 hp.