The 2021 BMW M3 and M4 are officially presented.
BMW finally introduced the M versions of its 3 Series and 4 Series models this week. As expected, they are decked out with a huge grid that has not finished talking.
In addition to their format, we note that these are now carrying horizontal slats rather than metal uprights. It is true that vertical structures would have accentuated their format, which is perhaps not desirable.
There are also enlarged bodies, a more massive diffuser at the rear and four prominent exhaust tips. The front fenders are fitted with vertically oriented air vents and the side skirts match the rear diffuser. The carbon fiber roof is also back, which is a long-standing signature of the models. This can be replaced with a painted steel roof if the customer wants a sunroof.
Behind the kidneys of the M3 and M4 hides one of the two versions of the 3-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine introduced with the X3 M and X4 M SUVs. Serving the regular M3 and M4, it will develop 473 horsepower and 406 pounds – couple feet. For the Competition variants, we will talk about a delivery of 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. With the first, the 0-96 km / h time will be 4.1 seconds while it will be 3.8 with the second.
The base M3 and M4 are exclusively equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, making it the only manual offering in the segment. This gearbox is also 50 pounds lighter than the eight-speed automatic transmission that powers the Competition lineup. The manual transmission has a speed matching function, but it can be disabled.
All models are rear-wheel drive, but the Competition version will be able to receive all-wheel drive next summer. The system can be set to remain in propulsion mode with the aids disabled. Both powertrains are equipped with electronically controlled limited-slip differentials.
Naturally, BMW has improved the chassis of its cars in order to handle the extra power. The base models will benefit from 18-inch wheels at the front, 19 at the rear. With the Competition liveries, the order will be 19 and 20. Huge brakes will be standard, as carbon ceramic units (even more massive) will be available as an option.
On board, unsurprisingly, it will look like what we find onboard Series 3 and 4. No woodwork, however; only aluminum or carbon fiber as trim. A 12.3-inch digital display instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch multimedia screen are standard, as are sportier seats. BMW is offering a new series of carbon fiber power seats as an option, which together take 21 pounds off the equation. They also have cutouts for racing harnesses.
Some bold interior colors are also offered, such as Kyalami Orange with the M3 and Yas Marina Blue with the M4.
The M3 and M4 are expected around March next year, with Competition all-wheel drive variants expected to follow in the summer. As for Canadian prices, BMW has just published them. We therefore know that the M3 receives a starting price of $ 84,300 in Canada, while the price of the M4 is established at $ 85,100.