Even though the name has changed, the spirit of the M3 lives on within the BMW M4.

Again, the spy photographers of Germany have been busy around BMW, this time catching glimpses of the faces (and arses) of the latest 6 Series powerhouses.

Here’s a set of photos that is all about BMWs. One quick note: they were loud as all hell and it was wonderful.

According to the automaker, “NO BMWs WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM.” Glad to know that the only paddle used in this initiation was of the shifter variety.

Remember the BMW M8? Of course you don’t. The German automaker never produced it. Correction: It did make the M8 – emphasis on “the.”