Aggressive Looks, 503 HP, And A Manual

Aggressive Looks, 503 HP, And A Manual

The BMW M3 and M4 are icons, and arguably two of the most important performance cars in the German automaker’s portfolio. But the latest iterations aren’t the performance vehicles you once knew – for better or for worse. Designers and engineers have taken a bold new approach by creating the 2021 BMW M3 and M4, now in the sixth generation.

The biggest talking point for the new M3 and M4, obviously, are those huge double kidney grills wedged up front and center. But behind that controversial muzzle hides a new twin-turbocharged inline-six capable of producing up to 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) in the competition model and allowing a 0-60 mph sprint of less than four seconds. Paired with an updated cabin design – complete with new sport bucket seats – and plenty of new technology, the new M3 and M4 promise to be more than just polarizing silhouettes.

Exterior: what a face

Exterior of the 2021 BMW M4

BMW designers weren’t kidding when they said the M3 sedan and M4 coupe would have a bold personality. The pair of performance cars, as mentioned, feature huge double kidney grilles that run vertically from the base of the hood line to the bottom of the bumper, as we’ve seen on the 4 Series before. entry level. The big kidneys join aggressive LED headlights (with optional BMW Laserlight available) and a large vent at the base of the bumper that runs almost the width of the front fairing.

The M3 and M4 come standard with a carbon fiber roof – or optional moonroof at no cost – M specific front and side splitters and offset wheels (18 front and 19 rear ). The more capable Competition model has 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. There’s also an optional M Carbon package available on both models, which adds lighter elements to the exterior, and a Shadowline option that drapes the exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, and tailpipes in a dark finish.

Exterior of the 2021 BMW M4
Exterior of the 2021 BMW M3

New color options include Isle of Man Green metallic paint on the M3 shown here, as well as Sao Paolo Yellow on the M4. But buyers can also choose from other shades such as Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Brooklyn Gray, Oxide Gray, Portimao Blue, Toronto Red, Tanzanite Blue II, Individual Dravit Gray, Individual Frozen Brilliant White, and Individual Frozen Portimao Blue.

In terms of size, the new M3 and M4 are both a bit larger than their predecessors and both have an identical 112.5-inch wheelbase. The M3 is 4.6 inches longer, 0.4 inches wider, and 0.1 inches taller than its predecessor, while the M4 is 4.6 inches longer, 0.7 inches wider, and 0.4 inches higher than the previous model.

Performance: rear wheel drive, manual

Exterior of the 2021 BMW M4
Exterior of the 2021 BMW M3

The new BMW M3 and M4 use the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. This unit is good for 473 horsepower (353 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 newton-meters) in standard M models, allowing a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 4.1 seconds. The more powerful Competition models, however, develop 503 hp and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm), hitting 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. These horsepower and torque figures mark an improvement of 59 hp and 73 lb-ft of torque over previous models. Both versions have electronically limited top speeds of 155 mph (250 km / h) or 180 mph (290 km / h) with the optional M Driver pack selected.

Both versions of the M3 and M4 come with your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, with power being sent exclusively to the rear wheels… for now. BMW says an xDrive version of the competition models will be available in the United States later next year. The rear-biased all-wheel drive system is similar to the M5’s system, with an active M differential on the rear axle and the ability to choose between 4WD and 4WD Sport modes, with the latter option sending more power to the rear. . And if you really want to relax, deactivating Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) transfers power to the rear wheels exclusively.

In the center console, just to the left of the iDrive controller, is a new model-specific M mode button. Unlike the traditional tactile drive mode buttons found on other cars, the unique M-mode option gives you access to a dedicated M-mode settings screen where you can tune things like engine, suspension, and steering. direction. Drive mode options for the engine include Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus, while drive mode options for the chassis are Comfort, Sport, or Sport Plus, and M-specific power steering is selectable in Comfort and Sport mode. The exhaust system, meanwhile, receives a special M Sound button that synthetically improves the note.

Along with the obvious engine and drivetrain upgrades the M3 and M4 get over their base counterparts, both also benefit from model-specific exhaust, braking and suspension treatments. Underbody improvements include new front and rear axle subframes and additional underfloor bracing, as well as adaptive M shocks. Front brakes are six-piston fixed caliper brakes with 14-inch discs, 9-inch, while the rear assembly is single-piston floating calipers with 14.6-inch rotors.

BMW M3 2021V6 biturbo4734066 speed manual / 8 speed auto4.1 Seconds
BMW M3 Competition 2021V6 biturbo5034796 speed manual / 8 speed auto3.8 seconds
BMW M4 2021V6 biturbo4734066 speed manual / 8 speed auto4.1 Seconds
BMW M4 2021 CompetitionV6 biturbo5034796 speed manual / 8 speed auto3.8 seconds

Interior: Large reinforced buckets

Interior of the BMW M3 2021

A number of features of the standard BMW 3 Series and 4 Series – and really, the rest of the lineup – can be found inside the M3 and M4. In particular, both vehicles benefit from the same central touchscreen and the same digital instrument panel found elsewhere in the range. Only now there are subtle touches to indicate the sportier nature of the pair, such as a new red stop / start button in the center console, optional carbon fiber trim, an appropriate M badge throughout the cab and red M-mode buttons on the steering wheel that allow drivers to switch between Road, Sport and Track settings.

The new sport seats also set the M3 and M4 apart from their base siblings. The radical-styled merino leather buckets are brand new and feature massive side bolsters, integrated headrests with an illuminated model badge and M-specific perforation for better ventilation (a first on the M3 and M4).

Buyers who want something even more supportive, however, can choose the optional M Carbon seats. These seats lose 21 pounds over standard buckets thanks to a lightweight carbon fiber construction, and they feature a new integrated headrest, even more aggressive side bolsters (now wrapped in Alcantara), brace seat background and an illuminated M badge. Additionally, you can get the optional M Carbon bucket seats in wild colors, as pictured in the M4 contest below.

Interior of the BMW M4 2021
Interior of the BMW M4 2021

Full Merino Leather is standard on both seat options, available in colors such as Black, Yas Marina Blue and Black, Silverstone and Black, and Kyalami Orange and Black. There is also an extended merino leather option that drapes the premium cowhide over other parts of the interior, available in all of the same colors.

The front legroom of the new M3 decreases slightly compared to the previous model, from 42 inches to 41.6 inches. But the headroom drops from 40.3 inches in the previous M3 to 40.6 inches in the new one. In the M4, the front legroom also drops from 42.2 inches in the previous model to 41.7 inches here, but the front headroom drops from 39.8 inches to 40.3 inches.

Technology and security: subtle upgrades

Interior of the BMW M4 2021
Interior of the BMW M3 2021

The BMW M3 and M4 benefit from the same 10.3-inch center touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital dashboard found elsewhere in the lineup. Only now does the digital instrument cluster have M specific graphics, and the center touchscreen displays the aforementioned M Mode option. The latest iDrive 7.0 operating system also incorporates standard features such as navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity, as well as BMW’s personal voice assistant. A head-up display is available, but only as an option.

The M3 and M4 also benefit from an optional M Drive Professional function, which helps drivers analyze driving lines and times on race tracks. Best of all, this M Drive Professional function is integrated with an M drift analyzer, which records the duration of a drift, the distance traveled, as well as the line and angle, displaying a final score on the monitor screen afterwards. every drift. Users can also download an iPhone app that matches the M Drive Professional and M Drift Analyzer to give them an overview of the track and access a lap time comparison table, as well as data such as the speed, throttle position and total. Forces G.

The M3 and M4 get a standard Active Driving Assistance Package, which includes Lane Departure Warning, Speed ​​Limit Info, Active Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and automatic emergency braking at the rear. But Competition models are optionally provided with BMW’s more advanced Active Safety Driver Assistance suite. This bundle includes features such as full-speed adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, active lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and high-speed automatic emergency braking.

Price and availability: to come

The 2021 BMW M3 will cost $ 69,900 to start, while the new BMW M4 will start at $ 71,800 (not including $ 995 for the destination). The more powerful BMW M3 Competition, on the other hand, starts at $ 72,800 and the M4 Competition starts at $ 74,700. BMW has not released pricing on the M3 and M4 all-wheel-drive competition models, as those won’t arrive until later in 2021.

BMW M3 2021$ 69,900
BMW M3 Competition 2021$ 72,800
BMW M4 2021$ 71,800
BMW M4 2021 Competition$ 74,700
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