BMW has a few updates for its M3 range for this year – the most significant of all in my opinion is the addition of auto start-stop for the M3 – both for the manual transmission model and the automatic version with the 7-speed M DCT.

So now if you have a modified exhaust system, instead of giving a delicious low-frequency rumble during idle at the traffic lights, your M3 will simply be silent, save for the soft sound of the air cond blowers. BMW claims this saves about 8% of CO2 emissions and brings down fuel consumption to 11.2L per 100km on the EU2 cycle for the coupe body.

There’s also a new ‘Competition Package’ for the M3, which includes a suspension drop by 10mm, and the very familiar M3 CSL style wheels you see above. There is also a software update for the Electronic Damper Control and DSC stability control systems to suit the new lowered suspension. This package is available as a retrofit option, which means existing owners of the M3 will be able to purchase this.

Of course, the ‘facelifted’ part would be the new tail lamps, which match the ones on the facelifted ‘normal’ 3-Series Coupe and Convertible.

Look after the jump for 8 hi-res photos.

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