New BMW M3 facelift spotted: everything we know so far

October 03, 2023 by

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The BMW M3 is getting a facelift, both in saloon and estate guise. This sporty family car is set to get updated styling, however don’t expect to see many changes under the skin. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New BMW M3 spotted
  • Touring estate also snapped
  • Tweaked front-end styling
  • Interior expected to remain the same
  • No change in power predicted
  • Likely to go on sale in spring 2024

This is the updated BMW M3, and this alternative to the Audi RS4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S looks as though it’s getting a few styling upgrades.

The power is expected to stay the same, so don’t expect the 3.0-litre straight-six engine to go anywhere.

New BMW M3 design

This is just a minor update for the BMW M3, and carwow’s spy photographers have managed to snap a prototype during development testing. It’s hardly wearing any camouflage, and you can see tat the styling changes are going to be minimal.

You can see from these camouflaged test cars that those huge Bugs Bunny teeth aren’t going anywhere. In fact, the grille looks more or less identical to the one fitted to the current car. The lower bumper does look like it’s been tweaked though with some new air vents.

Our photographers also managed to get an up-close look at the headlights on this prototype, and they do look slightly tweaked over the current car’s (pictured on the left). The overall sleek shape looks pretty much unchanged, however the LED daytime running lights appear to have a new pattern.

Changes down the side are just as un-dramatic. The M3 still gets sporty-looking side skirts and flared wheel arches to help distinguish it from the standard BMW 3 Series, and the Touring estate model still has gloss black roof bars.

The back of the car is completely undisguised, showing no changes over the current car. You still have the huge quad tailpipes, as well as a large diffuser.

New BMW M3 interior and infotainment

The BMW 3 Series was recently facelifted with a new interior, and this cabin design has already made its way into the M3. This means it’s unlikely there will be any changes for this facelift.

Expect the interior to remain the same as the current car’s (pictured)

That means you’ll still get the huge, curved panel for the digital driver’s display and infotainment system, and the carbon-backed bucket seats are likely to stay as an optional extra. The software could get an update though to feature the latest iDrive system from the new BMW i5.

New BMW M3 engine and performance

BMW won’t go down the same route as the Mercedes-AMG C63 with the new M3, so don’t expect to see any electrification under the bonnet.

Check out Mat’s review of the new BMW M3 CS

You’ll still get the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine as the current M3. As it stands, the current car has 510hp and 650Nm of torque. That figure is expected to stay the same, as any more performance would mean it steps on the toes of the BMW M3 CS.

When will the new BMW M3 be revealed?

The updated BMW M3 is likely to be revealed in the spring next year, a few months before the updated M4. There’s no word on pricing yet, however it’s likely to fetch a small premium over the outgoing car.

Today’s M3 starts from £81,000 so expect this updated version to fetch closer to £85,000

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