BMW will update its current crop of high performance M cars with new iDrive systems, more options and subtle cosmetic alterations early next year.
For 2009 the M3 will get reworked rear lights, a modified bumper and a new boot lip spoiler, the changes coming just a year after it hit the market.
In the cabin, an all-new, more intuitive iDrive infotainment system will be introduced along with a revised centre console with a plusher trim finish.
BMW’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox - which was first introduced for the M3 Cabrio - will also be made available to the rest of the M3 range.
Elsewhere in the M-Power line-up, BMW will launch a ‘Competition Pack’ to harden up the M6. It’s an option that sets the performance coupe 12mm lower at the front and 10mm lower at the rear and should improve handling. The Competition Pack also adds adaptive suspension control, new twin-spoke alloy wheel and will be available later this year.
The newly updated iDrive system will also be fitted to the M5 and M6 as standard from 2009 onwards. So will a part-time alternator, part of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics programme, which should help improve the bigger M cars’ fuel economy.