BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe offers up to 503 hp, AWD

Yolanda Curtis
September 26, 2020

The Bavarians have gone all flamboyant with the new 2021 BMW M3 and M4, increasing power, performance, and not to mention that grille... The exteriors of the M3 and M4 can be outfitted with M Performance Motorsport decal set, which are tailor-cut the fit each bodystyle. Both figures include destination. Also available is an indoor auto cover with unique design features. The system is the same rear-biased M xDrive configuration that debuted in the latest M5. M specific front- and rear-axle modifications. Customers can also select 2WD which switches off the dynamic stability control system and allows fans to enjoy a "pure rear-wheel drive experience without any system intervention". BMW M3 Competition Sedan and BMW M4 Competition Coup with eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. The Competition offers 8-speed automatic.

While the Competition grades will arrive with the standard M3 and M4 early next year, those interested in the all-wheel-drive variants will have to wait until later in year. Getting from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) will be a matter of 3.9 seconds, and while the speed limited normally resides at 250 km/h (155 mph), you may opt for the M Driver's Package to have it raised to 290 km/h (180 mph).

2021 BMW M3 and M4

To ensure the cars handle in a traditional BMW M fashion, torque is directed to the rear wheels during normal driving. BMW said the all-wheel-drive option will be available next summer.

More than just a new look and more firepower, BMW says it developed the new M3/M4 alongside the new M4 GT3 racecar which has helped make the new twins the most dynamically capable versions yet. And while it's yet to be confirmed, we should see a repeat of the M4 CS, and potentially a new M4 CSL sitting in the same space as the former M4 GTS. That's impressive as both models feature body and chassis enhancements over the standard 3-Series and 4-Series without increasing the weight significantly.

Huge brakes are also included as standard. Tuning work conducted alongside testing programme for the BMW M4 GT3 racing auto. Options include Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Navigation, Emergency Lane Assistant, Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant, BMW Drive Recorder and BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific displays. When extra, controlled lubrication is needed, such as during hard driving, oil is pulled from the smaller sump chamber to ensure proper supply. A 10-stage traction control system is optional, otherwise all-wheel drive takes care of grip in most situations.

Further M Performance aesthetic is offered with the M Performance slide set for the LED door projectors, from which the BMW M logo and other M Performance motifs can be projected. It includes features like the M Laptimer and M Drift Analyzer which presents track-driving information via the instrument cluster or available head-up display, and can record this info for analysis away from the auto.

As for the styling, both models stand out due to their aggressive front-end sections, with the M3 adopting the large kidney grille design of the latest 4-Series range.

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