BMW recently launched a pair of their most wanted in their M-arsenal. The launch of their hotly anticipated BMW M3 Competition and BMW M4 Competition took place in Cape Town with much hype around the eye-catching reimagining of the M-kidney grille.
While appearances were being scrutinised, under the bonnet was where much of the excitement was felt. Both new generations find a 3.0 l M TwinPower Turbo inline-six-cylinder engine capable of delivering 375 kW of torque, which propels the driver from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The M is borrowing cutting-edge racing-car character in the tradition of the original BMW M3 presented 35 years ago.
With the M xDrive all-wheel-drive versions arriving in SA from Q4 2021, the new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and BMW M4 Competition Coupé are equipped with the latest generation of the eight‑speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and three shift programmes. M xDrive links up with Active M Differential, rear-wheel-biased setup, three selectable modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD for pure rear‑wheel drive and deactivated stability control.
Adaptive M suspension sports electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Servotronic steering with variable ratio are fitted as standard. There is a new integrated braking system with two settings for pedal feel and response. M Compound brakes are also standard with M Carbon ceramic brakes as an optional extra on standard front, 19-inch, rear 20-inch wheels.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) includes M Dynamic Mode and, for the first time, integrated wheel slip limitation and M Traction Control adjustable through ten stages. There is extremely stiff body structure and chassis mounting thanks to measures including model-specific bracing elements for the engine compartment, a front axle subframe with aluminium shear panel, underfloor bracing elements and a rear axle subframe with a rigid connection to the body.
There is a M-specific control/operating setup button for direct access to the settings for the engine, chassis, steering and braking. This system is available to fine tune your M-experience – and, depending on the model and specification, also M xDrive, Gear Shift Assistant and traction control.
ROAD and SPORT settings are available as standard with the additional TRACK mode for track driving added only when M Drive Professional is specified. The M-Drive Professional (including M Drift Analyser, M Laptimer and M Traction Control), offers a particularly intense performance experience on the race track. The M Race Track Package is available for the first time which reduces vehicle weight by around 25 kilogrammes. This is thanks to features which include M Carbon ceramic brakes, special M light-alloy wheels and M Carbon bucket seats.
A significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems also come standard such as Park Distance Control, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info. Optional extras 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 are there to beef up the BMW M offering.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional boasts a full digital display grouping, BMW Maps navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are also included as standard in the package.
Prices for the BMW M3 Competition sedan start at R1 860 000 while the BMW M4 Competition coupé starts at R1 940 000.