BMW has revealed performance specs and fresh pics of the new M3 and M4.
Since the 2021 BMW 4 Series was revealed last month with its polarizing, ginormous kidney grilles, the countdown has begun for the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. The wait is nearly over because BMW has confirmed the 2021 M3 and M4 will break cover in mid-September. To whet our appetite, the Bavarian automaker has also released the performance specifications and new photos of prototypes being put through their paces during the final stages of development.
The new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe will be available with two performance levels, which will offer "a significant increase in performance" over their predecessors, packing 49 more hp than the previous base model and 60 more hp than the outgoing Competition while delivering up to 479 lb-ft of torque.
For purists, the base model will produce 480 hp and come with a six-speed manual shift and a rear-wheel drive setup, while the Competition model deliver 510 hp and come with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and rear-wheel drive. At a later date, the M3 Competition and M4 Competition will be offered with the latest version of BMW's M xDrive four-wheel drive system. Power will be sourced from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine that powers the BMW X3 M and X4 M SUVs.
"For customers who prefer a puristic performance experience and particularly intense interaction with their vehicle, the model variants with a manual transmission constitute an offer that is unique in this segment," Dirk Hacker, head of Development M Automobiles and BMW Individual, explained. "On the other hand, with the Competition versions of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe, we are addressing maximum dynamics in regards power development and transfer."
Ahead of their debuts, camouflaged prototypes of the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 are currently being hammered around the Sachsenring race track, which hosts the German Touring Car Masters racing series, enabling BMW M to finetune the M-specific suspension components and improve the handling.
"With each BMW M automobile, we put motorsport technology on the road," said BMW M CEO, Markus Flasch. "The new BMW M3 Sedan and the new BMW M4 Coupe embody this principle in a particularly intensive way, because both models stand unmistakably in the tradition of the most successful touring car worldwide. And results of the test drives show us that the new model generation is significantly superior to that of its predecessors in terms of performance."