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2017 BMW M3 gets LCI update, looks nice in dark blue

January 30, 2017

BMW is introducing a mild facelift for the 2017 M3 LCI update, bringing a tweaked front end so it’s in line with the recently-updated M4.

The M3 continues as BMW’s mid-size performance sedan while the M4 is the coupe brother. For the LCI update, the M3 gets new fully-adaptive LED headlights with updated LEDs running across the top, updated M emblems on the front seats, chrome trimmings and electroplated detailing. Around at the back are the updated taillights from the last LCI.

Aside from these changes, the M3 continues pretty much the same as the current version. Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre turbo inline six engine producing 317kW and 550Nm, hooked up to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Those wanting more oomph can opt for the Competition Package which sees output grow to 331kW. As a result, 0-100km/h is taken care of in 4.0 seconds instead of the usual 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h, but buyers can get this lifted to 280km/h via the M Driver’s Package.

BMW is showing off the updated model in a rather luxurious dark Tanzanite Blue colour. This colour is available in the 3 Series range, however, it seems to add a certain class to the performance sedan.

The new model is set to hit production in March, with customer deliveries not likely to commence until the third quarter of this year. BMW Australia is yet to confirm local details.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.