2021 BMW M3 and M4

Significant features

–  A 3.0 litre, six-cylinder in-line powerplant with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, with the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe having outputs of 353kw and 550Nm.  In Competition specification, these outputs rise to 375kW and 650Nm.

– Rear-wheel-drive configuration to be offered on M3 and M4 initially, with M xDrive all-wheel-drive system available for Competition models in late 2021.

– Availability of M xDrive marks a first for BMW in the segment, with 4WD or 4WD Sport modes.  The system has a rear-wheel bias and links up with the Active M Differential at the rear axle.

– BMW Group Australia to offer all variants including M3 and M4 with a six-speed manual transmission in addition to M3 and M4 Competition.

– Competition models also offered with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.

– M3 and M4 sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds.  M3 and M4 Competition sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

– Aggressive styling packages, wide track and flared body elements.

– Adaptive M suspension standard across all models.

– New BMW M Drive Professional system includes features such as M Traction Control and M Drift Analyser.

– M Carbon bucket seats feature structure-based design, lightweight construction and integral head restraints that can be dismantled for track driving.

– Electrically controlled exhaust flaps.

– Bespoke cooling system.   A central cooling module is joined by two remote high-temperature radiators in the wheel arches.  Competition models also include an additional engine oil cooler and separate transmission oil cooler.

– The engine’s oil sump has two separate chambers and an integrated suction channel, enabling a reliable supply of oil at all times, even under extreme lateral and longitudinal acceleration.

– 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.

– Adaptive M suspension with electronically-controlled shock absorbers.

– M Servotronic steering with a variable ratio and an M-specific version of the integrated braking system.

– Forged M light-alloy wheels – 19 inch front and 20-inch rear.  Four wheel spoke designs are available.  Tyres are 275/35 ZR19 at the front and 285/30 ZR20 at the rear.

– M-specific version of the large, vertical BMW kidney grille with horizontal bars, the powerfully sculpted wheel arches with eye-catching M gills and the prominently extended side sills with attachment parts for the front and rear aprons.

– A roof made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) with aerodynamically optimised fins, a rear spoiler and the two pairs of large exhaust tailpipes that are now a customary feature of M cars.

– The selection of exterior paint finishes includes the new and exclusive shades Sao Paulo Yellow non-metallic, Toronto Red metallic and Isle of Man Green metallic.

– Newly developed, electrically adjustable M sport seats and fine-grain Merino leather trim with extended features come as standard, with seat ventilation also available for the first time.

– New M Carbon bucket seats with an illuminated model badge and electric adjustment.

– Multi-point racing seat belts can be used.

– M Drive Professional includes M Traction Control, which allows the new integrated wheel slip limitation function of the DSC system to be adjusted through 10 stages.

– The Setup button on the centre console provides direct access to the settings options for the engine, chassis, steering and braking system.

– The driver can choose from ROAD and SPORT settings, with the TRACK mode developed for outings on race circuits.

– Both Competition models come standard with Driving Assistant Professional including Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control, Cross Traffic Warning for front and rear, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning.

– Also standard is Parking Assistant Plus with Parking Assistance, Surround View and Reversing Assistant, the BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific content and the Speed Limit Info road sign detection system.

– Further standard equipment include Comfort Access System for keyless entry, three-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting including ambient lighting, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

– Additionally, updated wireless smartphone integration enables the use of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the car’s operating system.

– Priced from $144,900 for the M3 sedan and $149,900 for the M4 Coupe.

– Priced from $154,900 for the M3 Competition and $159,900 for the M4 Competition.

– M3 and M4 arrive in Australia for local deliveries in Q1, 2021.

– M3 and M4 Competition to arrive in late 2021, with specification and pricing details to be announced closer to launch.

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