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(Originally published by Motor-Vision)


BMW’s M3 hot saloon has been given the lightest of facelifts for 2017.

2017 BMW M3 front

After applying minor updates to the 4 Series and M4 Coupe in January, BMW has gifted its iconic high performance saloon new headlights and err, nothing else really.

New tail-lights were introduced to the M3 in 2015 and the ever-so-slightly revised front-end sees the arrival of new LED hexagonal lights with the same lighting signature as the latest 5 Series.

2017 BMW M3 rear

As a result, placing the old alongside the revised model is like the world’s toughest game of spot the difference.

Under the bonnet is the same engine as before: a three-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder unit, producing 425bhp.

2017 BMW M3 side

Previously, it could get the M3 up to 62mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 155mph, and it is highly unlikely that will have changed with the minor revisions.

Adding the Competition Pack boosts power output by 20bhp, which helps snip the 0-62mph sprint to bang-on four seconds.

2017 BMW M3 interior

In a way, you can’t blame BMW for being lazy when facelifting the M3. It was already pretty brilliant car anyway and with a new 3 Series due in 2018, an all-new M3 is likely to follow the year after. For the time being, we’ll be more than happy to put up with this slick saloon for another two years.

If you would like to get your hands on the ”new” M3, it goes on sale next month.

posted by: charly 15 February 2017

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