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New look, tweaked chassis for 2018 BMW M3

New look, tweaked chassis for 2018 BMW M3 image

Anton Andres / BMW Press | January 30, 2017 12:54

BMW gives the M3 a technical update for 2018

With the BMW M4 getting a subtle facelift, the four-door M3 also gets the changes made in the two-door coupe. Besides the visual updates, BMW also tweaked the underchassis of the high-performance sedan.

New look, tweaked chassis for 2018 BMW M3

Dubbed as a 2018 model, the Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) BMW M3 gets adaptive full-LED headlights. More lighting changes have been applied to the tail lights of the car with a full-LED treatment. It also gets the styling tweaks from the M4 with a revised front apron and new slats in the kidney grill. The rear bumper also gets a new look with a more angular lower apron treatment and body-colored trim. Carried over from the pre-LCI model is the Competition Package. It comes with exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as bigger brakes and a host of chassis enhancements.

The interior meanwhile gets a few enhancements.  It now comes with new electroplated detailing and high-gloss black inserts which BMW says adds high-quality feel. Like before, the BMW M3 is also available with a wide range of interior trims and carbon-fiber inserts. In addition, M3 models likewise feature the updated version of the Navigation system Professional and other ConnectedDrive features.

New look, tweaked chassis for 2018 BMW M3

For enhanced dynamics, BMW re-engineered the suspension for the M3. These changes are said to have improved the M3's road holding capabilities plus the M Adaptive suspension has also been retuned. The rear differential has also been tweaked, as well as the exhaust system. The M3 Competition Package meanwhile adds a more aggressive suspension set up and comes with Adaptive suspension as standard.

Engines meanwhile are carried over from the pre-LCI M3. The lineup starts with the 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six with 431 PS and 550 Nm of torque. Spec the Competition Package and it bumps up to 450 PS but torque is retained at 550 Nm. The M3 can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.