More Powerful 2025 BMW M3 Arrives

BMW retained the M3's ugly face.

BMW, it seems, will keep the M3’s bucktoothed and grisly visage, though it hopes a light refresh and more power will continue to make the current M3 an appetizing choice for enthusiasts.


Motivation comes from the same twin-turbo inline-six as before, but x-Drive-equipped M3 Competition models benefit from a 20-horsepower bump to 523 hp.


It sounds like a simple affair, with BMW saying the change comes after some fiddling with the car’s engine management system. Available torque increases for the Comp as well, with all 479 lb-ft arriving at 2,750 rpm and running all the way through to 5,730 rpm. These changes lead to a 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds.

Despite retaining the M3’s controversial face, there are other aesthetic updates: Similar LED lighting elements as the updated M4 alongside new wheel options. Competition models get a silver border around the badge, but only the eagle-eyed will notice.


Inside, the M3 gets a new three-spoke wheel with a flat bottom. It can be ordered in Alcantara for the first time as well. iDrive 8’s climate control interface sees some simplification, which is much needed. Like the new 3 Series, production is set to start in July. Pricing has been announced, too, with the base RWD stick model surviving for another year at $77,175. Competition models start at $81,375.


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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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