2025 BMW M3 gets more power, but some models miss out

The 2025 BMW M3 sedan and wagon have received a power boost to bring them in line with the M4 coupe and convertible, but the upgrades are exclusive to all-wheel drive models.

Following updates to the wider BMW 3 Series range announced overnight, the flagship M3’s latest update brings a subtly revised exterior, minor interior upgrades and technology tweaks.

BMW Australia hasn’t yet detailed when we can expect to see the revised M3 in local showrooms, though global production is due to begin in July 2024.

For 2025, the BMW M3 gains new-look LED headlights – with the low and high beams coming from the same module – as well as new interior materials and a new operating system for the infotainment system.

Under the bonnet, the BMW M3 Competition xDrive now produces 390kW of power from its twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, a 15kW increase compared to current versions of the model.

Its 650Nm torque output remains unchanged, as does its all-wheel drive system and eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

While there’s no change to the 0-100km/h sprint times of the M3 Competition xDrive sedan and Touring (remaining at 3.5 and 3.6 seconds, respectively), both models are now half a second quicker to 200km/h from a standstill (11.8 and 12.4 seconds, respectively).

As with the M4, rear-wheel drive M3s don’t benefit from the power boost, with the base six-speed manual-equipped model continuing to produce 353kW/550Nm, while the M3 Competition automatic develops 375kW/650Nm.

Inside the cabin, there’s a new flat-bottom steering wheel, which is wrapped in Alcantara and features a red 12 o’clock marker.

The BMW Curved Display continues to incorporate a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a 14.9-inch infotainment screen, which now runs BMW Operating System 8.5

Exterior tweaks include new optional wheels and silver-accented Competition boot badges.

Prices for the updated BMW M3 range are yet to be announced, though the revised M4 saw increases of $2200 to $3400 to coincide with the updates.

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