2021 BMW M3 and M4 get revealed
BMW drivers and enthusiasts were sent into a frenzy this past September when BMW revealed the next-generation M3 and M4. The M3 will come as a Sedan, while the M4 will come as a Coupé. There will also be a BMW M3 Competition Sedan available as well as a BMW M4 Competition Coupé. Although both models have impressive specs behind them, one can struggle to look past its front snout as the grille is shaped like two kidneys. The front of the new BMW M3 and M4 has clearly not been to everyone’s taste and it's been quite a controversial topic.
Regardless of the controversy the M3 and M4 do produce some very impressive numbers in terms of power. The standard M3 and M4 will feature an upgraded S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine that produces 353kW and 550Nm of torque. Now, this is good but not as good as the Competition M3 and M4, which both produce a whopping 375kW and 650Nm of torque. BMW has claimed that the standard M3 and M4 rockets from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the Competition does in a quicker 3.9 seconds. The standard M3 and M4 will come with a new six-speed manual transmission, while the Competition versions will come with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
In terms of what the M3 and M4 are riding on, the standard it will come with forged alloy wheels which measure 18-inches in the front and 19-inches in back. The Competition models will get bigger forged alloys wheels which will measure at 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the back. Both the M3 and M4 will come standard with a carbon-fibre roof, or an optional, moonroof with M-specific front and side splitters, this will come at no extra cost. BMW has also introduced an optional M Carbon package on both models, which has more lightweight options to the exterior, as well as a Shadowline option that adds a dark finish to the exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, and tailpipes.
The colour options for the new M3 and M4 is also quite unique, as it ranges from a bunch of fascinating colour options. The new M3 and M4 will come with new colour options as it comes in Isle of Man Green and Sao Paulo Yellow. Other colour options range from Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Brooklyn Grey, Oxide Grey, Portimao Blue, Toronto Red, Tanzanite Blue II, Individual Dravit Grey, Individual Frozen Brilliant White, and Individual Frozen Portimao Blue.
The interior of the new M3 and M4 will come standard with Merino leather seats and will be available in colours such as Yas Marina Blue and black, Silverstone and black, and Kyalami Orange and black, or the common black on black. Both models will come with a 10.3-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This will feature the latest iDrive 7.0 operating system which comes standard with navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity, and BMW's personal voice assistant. Other exciting features include a new model-specific M Mode button, which gives the driver access to the M Mode settings screen, where you can adjust things such as the engine, suspension, and steering.
The BMW M series is perhaps one of the most treasured high-performance ranges in the auto world, so will BMW be able to do this series justice with the new M3 and M4. I guess South Africans will have to wait as the BMW M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupé will only be introduced in the first half of 2021.