The F80 generation of the BMW M3 will be getting its second Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) for the 2018 model year. To explain it further, Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) is BMW’s term for a mid-cycle refresh or simply a facelift. This means that we would be seeing the BMW M3 with some updates on its look when it is released for the 2018 model year.
It is fairly easy to tell which part of the 2018 BMW M3 has been updated. After all, it is the lone most obvious visual tweak implemented on the face-lifted 2018 BMW M3 LCI II. At a glance, the headlights of the 2018 BMW M3 seem familiar – this is because these lamp units are the ones found on the visually updated 2017 BMW M4 LCI. This means that the new BMW M3 now features newly designed adaptive full-LED headlights, which could cast their beam in the direction of the curve to ensure better visibility at night. The new headlight graphics and design makes use of extra LED bars that help highlight the connection between the BMW M3’s kidney grille and its light units. Apart from newly designed headlights, there are no other major visual tweaks implemented. Everything remains the same aside from the new headlights.
There are some visual tweaks implemented inside the 2018 BMW M3 LCI II. Now, the illuminated M3 logos on the seats of the driver and the front passenger now feature a fresher design. Just like on the exterior, other sections inside the cabin remain as they are. In addition, the 2018 BMW M3 LCI II won’t feature any performance updates. This means that BMW didn’t do anything for the engine and other complementary components.
Despite that fact, the BMW didn’t bother to upgrade the performance of the 2018 M3 LCI II; the car remains a dynamic unit. This is thanks to its 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine that could develop up to 425 hp of output at 5,500 rpm and up to 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) of torque available at 1,850 rpm. This powerplant allows the 2018 BMW M3 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.3 seconds with manual transmission and in 4.1 seconds with the 7-speed DKG with Launch Control.
Customers, however, could further improve the sprint time of the 2018 BMW M3 by availing of the Competition Package. This package makes the performance car quicker with a zero-to-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds. The electronically governed top speed of the 2018 BMW M3 LCI II remains at 250 km/h, although this could be upped further to around 280 km/h by taking advantage of the so-called M Driver’s Package.