2025 BMW M3 facelift reduces physical controls and increases competition power

Highlights of the facelift include new headlights, fewer interior buttons and more power for the xDrive Competition model.

    2025 BMW M3 facelift reduces physical controls and increases competition power

by Sam D. Smith

4 hours ago

    2025 BMW M3 facelift reduces physical controls and increases competition power

  • The 2025 BMW M3 receives a small visual update with new headlights, wheels, and exterior badges.
  • Inside, you’ll find a new Sensatec dashboard and a reduction in physical buttons in favor of touchscreen controls.
  • The all-wheel drive M3 Competition receives a 20 horsepower increase for the new model year.

Say hello to the slightly refreshed 2025 BMW M3, which features some upgrades and more power for the M3 Competition xDrive models. And yes, changes really have been made. If you’re struggling to see exactly what this facelift (or, as BMW calls it, LCI) entails, don’t worry: you’re not alone.

BMW has chosen to be quite conservative with its approach to the 2025 M3. Instead of taming that snout or perhaps reducing the drama of the rear, they have decided not to alter the styling formula. Evidently, the look works for them, if not the rest of us. What you do get are new headlights with a different arrangement of the arrowheads for the daytime running lights and turn signals.

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To be fair, it’s not exactly surprising since the Series 4 facelift didn’t bring with it many changes either. Still, it would have been nice to see BMW finally face criticism on that grid. We’re also disappointed that the M3 doesn’t have the same kind of mind-blowing laser goodness that was bestowed on the upgraded M4’s taillights.

The other visual change to the 2025 M3 is a new set of forged alloy wheels with a shiny silver finish. Oh, do you want more changes? You’ll have to settle for knowing that M3 Competition models get silver-rimmed badges.

Still longing for something different? Then, you’ll have to go for the M Carbon exterior package. This gives it carbon fiber reinforced plastic components such as front air intake inserts, a rear diffuser, mirror caps and a rear spoiler. If you want to take the carbon theme even further, the M Carbon package will add carbon ceramic brakes, a set of M Carbon bucket seats, an Alcantara steering wheel and carbon fiber trim.

Fewer physical buttons inside

Meanwhile, there are more changes inside the cabin, but not all of them are good. For example, there are fewer physical buttons inside, and BMW’s 8.5 operating system takes control of things like HVAC settings. Still, you get a high-resolution curved display with a 12.3-inch information screen and a 14.9-inch control screen.

There’s a new three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel for the 2025 M3, which features multifunction buttons and a red center marker. Additionally, the interior has been upgraded to include a more premium-feeling Sensatec dashboard, now finished in standard Anthracite Rhombicle Aluminum, with optional M Carbon Fiber and M Fine Brushed Aluminum.

More power, but only for the competition

Under the hood, the M3 retains everything that makes it the benchmark in its category, including the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. As standard, you will have the option of a six-speed manual gearbox with 473 hp driving the rear wheels for acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds. Upgrade to the M3 Competition and you get an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends 503 hp to the rear wheels for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration of 3.8 seconds.

Meanwhile, the top-spec BMW M3 Competition xDrive (aka all-wheel drive) now gets 20 more hp, for a total power of 523 hp at 6,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 479 lb-ft between 2,750 and now more. 5,730 rpm. This version can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in 3.4 seconds.

Prices and availability

Order books for the 2025 M3 are now open and production will begin in July 2024. The cars will be built at BMW’s Munich plant. Prices for the base M3 start at $76,000 and rise to $80,200 for the M3 Competition, not including $1,175 shipping and destination charges. The most powerful option is the M3 Competition with M xDrive, which will cost you $85,300 plus destination.