The new BMW M3 Sedan and M3 Touring that broke cover today will launch in New Zealand in Q4.

Both models have received a host of enhancements, headlined by an increase in output for the M xDrive variants. The M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine in these all-wheel-drive offerings now puts out 390kW, up from 375kW of their predecessors. This brings the M xDrive M3 models into line with the new M4 high-performance Coupé that will also launch later this year.

The torque figure of the M3 Competition with xDrive remains the same at 650Nm, while drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.

Acceleration figures for the BMW M3 Competition with M xDrive is stated as 0-100km/h in 3.5-seconds, while the BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive notches up the milestone in 3.6.

Both the Sedan and Touring variants offered in New Zealand – with the local line-up to be revealed in due course – will carry changes to the styling package and digital offering. They all feature newly designed headlights, as well as new alloy wheel designs.

A new steering wheel with a flat-bottom design – derived directly from motorsport – will feature in the revised interior, alongside new trim elements and BMW Operating System 8.5. The latter serves as the underpinning of the latest generation of BMW iDrive.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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