It was mid-May when BMW unveiled the 2023 M3 with iDrive 8, but this is our first chance to see the sedan in a preview video with the latest (and best?) infotainment system. of the company. Already installed on the M3 Touring, the side-by-side screen layout still generates a lot of controversy as some people still prefer the old layout for two reasons: quick access to physical controls for climate settings and more consistent integration. screens.
The car in question is at the BMW Calgary dealership in Canada and, as you can see, its specs are pretty bold. The high-performance sedan is dressed to impress in the M3 G80’s launch color – Isle of Man Green – with an equally striking interior in Kyalami Orange. It’s certainly not a spec for everyone as many will prefer something a little more subdued than this quirky color combination.
Although the M3 received iDrive 8 for 2023, it does not count as a true life cycle boost as it has the same headlight design as before. It’s a similar story with the M3 Touring because even though the super wagon gets the dual-display setup, it lacks the sharper lights of the lesser 3-Series models. The M340i and M340d M Performance models received the full LCI, which comes with a small gear selector that we would have liked to see on the M3 as well.
In mid-2024, BMW will change the design of the G20 sedan and the G21 wagon, which should also have ramifications on the M versions (G80 and G81). The current 3er is expected to have an unusually long lifecycle that will last until early 2027. Meanwhile, 2025 will see the introduction of a fully electric i3 sedan on the Neue Klasse platform rather than the CLAR architecture used in China for the i3 eDrive35L.
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