Following recent news of an LCI (life-cycle impulse) update to the BMW 4 Series range, which includes the M4, comes a mild update to its four-door stablemate, the M3.

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Wait, you say. Didn’t the M3 score an update as part of the 3 Series LCI in 2016? Yes it did, but just to keep you on your toes, it’s had another one. Albeit, very minor.

Fun fact: From launch, the BMW M3 has shared its nose with the M4, which - apart from the more aggressive bumper - is subtly different to the pedestrian 3 Series and 4 Series treatments.

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So for the recently announced update, the headlights mirror the approach taken with the M4, giving the LED signature a line from the grille and under each of the main beam lenses.

The rear lights received the LED update treatment last year, so at this stage, it looks to be just the headlights that are changing.

Inside, the first update included some chrome trim elements around the interior and the inclusion of ambient lighting. This time we are expecting to see a revision to the illuminated M logos on the front seats, but not much else.

New cars will be built with the updated iDrive 5 infotainment software, as well as support for BMW’s latest ‘connected’ suite of telemetry functions and mobile app support.

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Power output of the M3 is currently 317kW for the ‘regular’ M3 and 331kW for the ‘oh, why not’ Competition variant. This isn’t expected to rise, but we have contacted BMW Australia for more information.

The revised 2017 BMW M3 LCI II will be shown at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March.

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