After months of teasing its new 2021 M3 and M4 lineups, German automaker BMW has finally unveiled the sedan and coupe along with their Competition models, boasting more aggressive bodywork emphasized by its new — and massive — kidney grilles.
Fast looks aside, the two vehicles’ performance also lives up to the BMW M division’s reputation, carrying two versions of the S58 twin-turbo straight-six engine that we first saw on both the BMW X3 M and X4 M. The regular M3 and M4 will hold an iteration that pushes out 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, translating to a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, while the Competition models will carry an enhanced version generating 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, making 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Unfortunately for the manual lovers out there, only the standard M3 and M4 will feature a six-speed manual transmission — the Competition models will come with an eight-speed automatic that weights 50 pounds more. As you’d expect, all four cars come as rear-wheel-drives, but the faster two will also be getting an all-wheel-drive option come next summer. Unlike BMW’s other AWD systems, however, the ones carried by the Competition models will only kick in when the rear-wheel-drive mode detects slippage.
Both the M3 and M4 will be available around March 2021, with the AWD Competition models arriving in summer. The standard M3 and its Competition variant will start at $70,895 USD and $73,795 USD respectively, while the regular M4 and its Competition variant will start at $73,795 USD and $75,695 USD respectively.
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