the new BMW The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are horribly reckless and powerful maybe they should come with a warning sticker. Perhaps “treat with caution”, or “do not exceed the maximum dose”. But not the Slippery When Wet, at least for the top “Competition” models, which will add optional all-wheel drive (AWD) for the first time in panel history when they appear as 2022 models later this year.
In a great technical twist, the 503-horsepower xDrive versions allow confident drivers to dial in rear-wheel drive mode to forgo any front-wheel assist, and show off their cornering skills or tire smoke. This level of driver customization is like having two cars in one, with flawless driving dynamics.
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With nothing to criticize on elite power and sportiness, critics focused harshly on the face: The M3 and M4 take the classic BMW double kidney grille, and flip it vertically on a scale that has turned many auto writers and fans over. . The XXL-grille initially appeared as a desiccator, but soon became part of the car’s rude personality. Once the drivers get on board, they’ll have a lot of fun worrying about their glowing nostrils.
These M cars hit 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds and climb to 180 mph, the latter requiring an optional $2,500 driver package. (This package includes a free BMW Professional Driving Class; enthusiasts are encouraged to register.)
Competition models hit dealers in August as 2022 models, but the regular M3 and M4 rear-wheel drive models already on sale won’t change much in ’22. To try each of them out, we’ve tested the 2022 M3 competition back-to-back with the 2021 M4.
Classic BMW M-Car Formula
However, in keeping with a tradition that began in 1986, with the first “E30” M3, these Bimmers are more of a weekend game. The M3 sedan, in particular – 4.6 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than before, on a 1.8-inch longer wheelbase – balances premium performance with practicality and comfort like few luxury cars. The rear seat is adult-sized, the ride is tight but livable, and a comfort setting is included to soften the blows around town. A 13.0-cubic-foot trunk (which practically looks bigger) is ready for any summer vacation.
A great BMW starts with a great engine. The automaker’s latest inline-six is twin-turbocharged and a powerful technical engine, including a racing-style “closed surface” design to deliver epic power with reassuring durability. In competition versions, the engine produces a staggering 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from just 3.0 liters of displacement, a standard volume-to-power ratio for any compact BMW.
Other competition upgrades include 19-inch telescopic wheels in the front and 20 in the rear; Both are 1 inch larger than standard models.
A big swap will keep prospects at bay: Sedan or Coupe, Competition models can only be had with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifter. The standard M3 sedan we tested brought a six-speed manual transmission that sent entertainment value through the roof; It’s also available with the automatic, which is less fun but can get rid of faster than a human, which is an important consideration for today’s track-sports pros.
How much will a 2022 M3 and M4 cost?
The M3 Competition starts at $73,795, or $75,695 for the M4 Competition. The aforementioned xDrive AWD adds $4,100, helping to harness these cars’ brutal power, expanding their all-season prowess. Our competition M3 scored $99,595, including an $8,100 carbon ceramic brake kit.
The standard M3 starts at $70,895, or $72,795 for the M4. (All prices include the $995 destination fee.) Those rear-engine-only models still put out 473 horsepower and sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Our standard rear-wheel drive, the non-competition M4, still comes in at $99,545, but again with some non-essential options—including carbon brakes, and a $4,700 million carbon fiber exterior package—which We were rejecting it to mitigate the shock of the poster.
He took us to the hilly, winding terrain of New York’s Hudson Valley for marathon training with these Bavarian animals. More than expected, the 503-hp M3 Competition felt noticeably faster than the regular 473-hp M4, especially at higher speeds. It’s so powerful that we doubt BMW is handling how much power the competition is actually sending to its four wheels. BMW itself cites a 3.4-second launch to 60 mph, aided by this all-wheel-drive traction.
Regardless of the version, these BMWs are impressive. The motor spins fairy silk and never feels nervous from a distance. The boat’s full torque load is available anywhere between 2,750 and 5,500 rpm, and the engine is practically floating to a redline of 7,200 rpm. Handling is so much fun: The M3 Competition has gutted mountain curves at 120 mph and more, and you feel like an athlete just starting to feel warm.
The new M cars have been steered more sensitively than before – a benefit to fans who insist that modern BMWs felt cool and industrial. For some BMW enthusiasts, a six-speed manual transmission will be an easy call. It’s not the best transmission in the land, with little rubber flex in its motion. However, controlling a car of this level of modern performance with an old-school stick and clutch is an increasingly rare thrill. The manual adds a selectable speed-matching function for easier gear changes.
As for the automatic, it is as quick and easy if not quite as fast as the previous generation M3 and M4 dual-clutch automatic models.
It also enhances the interior’s personality compared to BMW’s often subtle-looking interiors. The competition list includes surprisingly vivid choices in interiors, leathers and colours. The M4 features a stylish two-tone combination of Silverstone (a glacial gray shade) and full black Merino leather, for $2,550. Thick steering wheel panel wrapped in leather and stitched with signature red and blue M stitching.
BMW’s dual-cluster display screens look sharp and act smartly via the rotating iDrive console. They include M Performance readings that will pass Michael Bay’s action movie.
A weight-saving carbon fiber roof is standard on all versions. Optional M Carbon seats feature premium carbon fiber rims, illuminated M badges and multi-point racing belt guides. It’s perfect for track days, but largely impractical for day to day, with raised side supports and a thigh spacer on the pillow that make getting in and out a convenient workout for Simone Biles. We’d skip that $3,800 extra price on a regular M3 or M4, especially when buyers can jump into the competition’s hotter versions for just $2,900.
As with the lively interiors, M cars also offer a more vibrant color palette than many BMWs, including shades like M4’s Brooklyn Gray Metallic (the beautiful), Isle of Man Green and Frozen Portimao Blue.
An amazing selection of driving modes
The biggest inconvenience of competition is exceeding the driving standards from which to choose. There’s a grain lane of options for the engine, transmission, stability controls, all-wheel drive, steering, and even now the brakes. Fortunately, a pair of programmable red switches on the steering wheel – labeled the M1 and M2 – allow drivers to store favorite combinations. But few owners would complain if BMW tweaked and simplified the options.
On the plus side, the optional Drift Analyzer brings a bit of sneaky mischief from a typically very dangerous BMW. The system, part of the optional $900 Professional package, practically dares drivers to destroy tires with flex slip on pavement. This on-screen wing monitors the length, time and steering angle of intended deflections – just like in Forza Horizon or The Fast and the Furious Movies – and score like a movie critic, up to five stars. It also includes the lap timer and the app linked to Apple smartphones and devices.
BMWs offer this huge list of electronic driving aids, although most of them are optional. Specialized driver assistance at an extra cost offers Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane, Blind Spot Detection, Evasion Assist and Emergency Stop Assist, which allows the BMW to pull itself on the shoulder and call for assistance if the driver is incapacitated.
The optional self-parking system adds surround-view cameras and a driving recorder that can capture or export up to 40 seconds of front and rear camera video; Either by the driver or automatically in a collision. BMW’s latest optional head-up display is another keeper, with 70 percent more viewing area and cool displays such as multi-colored tachometers and shift light indicators.
BMW has been trying to outpace hungry rivals, along with declining sales of sedans and coupes. The latest M3 and M4 models certainly look ready to beat any competitor. This rich duo puts the cherry – appropriately flamboyant – above 35 years of BMW’s M-car evolution.
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