Buried deep in the 3 Series Facelift press release is the 2016 BMW M3 Sedan Facelift. BMW doesn’t have a full photo set for us, but rather some studio shots showing the small design changes.
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The 2016 BMW M3 now also gains newly designed full-LED rear lights and chrome highlights for the interior. BMW has been using LED lighting in tail lamps for some time. One immediate benefit of LED’s is they are instant on – unlike an incandescent bulb which has to warm up (producing resistance which creates light – and heat, think of incandescent bulbs as a mini-toaster, like an ‘Easy-Bake’ oven). The beauty of the LED lamps is that they provide a decided packaging benefit, they are exceptionally thin. They also are exceptionally efficient – they save weight and electrical power.
Two new BMW Individual exterior color shades (Smoked Topaz metallic and Champagne Quartz metallic) can be specified for the new BMW M3 in addition to the exclusive Tanzanite Blue metallic and Azurite Schwarz metallic BMW Individual paint finishes. These new additions seem to be, for now, only for the European market. No word on whether Sakhir Orange will return to the lineup.
The latest-generation Navigation system Professional with LTE – the fastest mobile standard currently available – is now also an option for the BMW M3. The new info is not market specific so we don’t know exactly what the changes and updates are for the U.S. market.
Expect more updates in the next few weeks.