New layout helps BMW challenge AMG's missiles on slippery pavement.
The 2022 BMW M3 and M4 dropped in September. While most people were talking about the nose, there were some who were a little surprised the company didn't offer all-wheel drive right from launch. M3s and M4s have never offered the layout, but owners asked, and BMW said that it was happening for the G80 generation. As much as we love the old-school style of rear-wheel drive, we get that BMW can serve more customers M models when the vehicles also work in the winter.
BMW's xDrive label will only be offered on the M3 and M4 Competition models, leading to smoking hot 0-60 mph times of 3.4 seconds a piece. That's 0.4 seconds faster than their rear-drive brothers. Depending on specification, top speed is 155 mph, or 180 mph with the M Driver's Package
Competition guise means 503 hp and 479 lb-ft from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder, as opposed to 473 hp and 406 lb-ft from the same mill in the non-Comp model. The M3 Competition xDrive starts at $77,895 including destination and handling while the M4 Competition has a base price of $79,795.
The rear-biased AWD system uses an electronic multiplate clutch to distribute torque between the axles. BMW says that during normal driving, torque is directed to the rear wheels. Only when slippage is sensed does torque go forward.
The M xDrive and Active M differential both work together with the company's traction control system to "ensure quicker responses, improve agility and control both understeer and oversteer."
This will offer enhanced performance even at the edge, says BMW, such as powering through corners in a controlled drift.
Speaking of drifting. Like BMW's other M xDrive vehicles, the M3 and M4 xDrives will offer three modes for the system: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. Obviously 4WD is the default setting, 4WD Sport puts more power to the rear and in 2WD it all goes to the tail end. That last mode requires traction control to be disengaged and "affords experienced drivers a pure rear-wheel drive experience without any system intervention."
The new models come standard with M light-alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wrapped with 275/35 ZR19 and 285/30 ZR20 performance tires. BMW has thankfully ditched the run flats here. Colors, upholstery and packages all match the standard M3 and M4.
The 2022 M3 and M4 Competition xDrive sedan and coupe go on sale this August.