Arriving at the same time as the mid-life update, BMW will introduce its Pure specification as a new entry level offering for both the M3 and M4, to go with the regular models and more comprehensively equipped Competition variants.
Exclusively for the Australian market, both the M3 Pure and M4 Pure feature the uprated 331kW and 550Nm outputs of Competition models, offered at a price at a $10,000 below a regular M3 or M4 and an incredible $15,000 under the Competition twins.
Priced from $129,900 plus on-road costs the M3 Pure retains the M3 Competition’s more focussed suspension settings but does without that car's 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED lighting system and premium stereo.
But it still has plenty of gear, including LED headlights, a carbon fibre roof, a head-up display system, carbon fibre interior trim and 19-inch alloy wheels. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, with the option of a six-speed manual - the only one in its class - available at no extra cost.
Similarly, the M4 Pure strips out the same features compared to its Competition counterpart and is priced from $139,900 plus on-road costs. The Pure treatment is only applied to the coupe, with no M4 Pure convertible to be offered.
BMW Australia chief executive Marc Werner says the Pure models represent "a true enthusiast's choice".
"The Pure puts an even-sharper focus on the driver by combining the popular Competition package with an extremely competitive price point," he says.
Other updates as part of the mid-life update include redesigned headlight and tail light internals, s a new black-painted 20-inch wheel option and high-end 8.8-inch infotainment system with BMW's latest iDrive functions.
M3 Pure - $129,900
M3 - $139,900
M3 Competition $144,900
M4 Pure Coupe - $139,900
M4 Coupe - $149,900
M4 Competition Coupe $154,900
M4 Convertible - $161,900
M4 Competition Convertible - $165,900