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All we needed was to hear the next-generation BMW M3 would face down its soon-to-be rival, the Audi RS4, on planet High-Revving V8 (a newfound planet we had no idea was in our solar system). Such news got us all dreamy eyed, courting reveries of test drives involving a pre-paid gas card, a long stretch of highway, a military-grade radar detector and 400 fresh horses. But again and again, we've been brought back to earth by the skin-crawling wait for the damn M3 (coupe and sedan) to appear. As such, we've been happy to jump all over every spy shot that comes down the spy pike, like these AutoWeek posted today. Enjoy the sweet torture.

Waiting Impatiently: BMW M3 spied; 400-plus hp V8 expected for new model [AutoWeek]

Spy Photos: 2006 BMW M3 [internal]