BMW M3 & M4 debut on official terms

23-09-2020 12:50
The long wait is over: BMW has removed the wraps from its new M3 and M4 models. Both debuted in their topmost Competition spec armed with the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine of the X3 M and X4 M, but with higher torque.

The long wait is over: BMW has removed the wraps from its new M3 and M4 models. Both debuted in their topmost Competition spec armed with the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine of the X3 M and X4 M, but with higher torque.

Specifically, the engine has been tuned to deliver 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque between 2,750 and 5,500 RPM. The old version could deliver no more than 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) in the same RPM range. The rev count stays capped at 7,200 RPM.

Both cars use the M Steptronic eight-speed A/T of the M5 and benefit from the M xDrive AWD system that can send the entire torque to the rear wheels when necessary. Aside from the regular 4WD, available modes include 4WD Sport (more rear-axle torque) and 2WD (no stability control, RWD only). Drifters will know to appreciate the inclusion of the M Dynamic Mode in the standard feature list.

No details have been revealed about the non-Competition M lineup. All we know is that it gets 480 hp (358 kW), six-speed manual and RWD. Sales of the 510hp/AT/RWD sports cars will begin in March, followed by their 4WD counterparts in summer. 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).

Compared to their non-M counterparts, the new M3 and M4 feature struts and braces meant to improve its structural rigidity, as well as different chassis components, M Servotronic steering with variable gear ratios, and M Suspension with electronically controlled shocks.

Paying extra will bet you the M Drive Professional Package with traction control and telemetry features, as well as the M Race Track Package with carbon-ceramic brakes, lightweight wheels, M Carbon seats, Laserlight headlights, and a stainless-steel roof with a hatch in it coming to replace the CFRP one.

The color palette now includes such new shades as Isle of Man Green, Toronto Red and Sao Paulo Yellow.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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