The hunt for perfection never ends, as BMW presents the latest example with updates to the 2022 editions of the M3 and M4 Competition models.
Just in time to catch the end of summer, the latest M3 sedans and M4 Coupes will arrive in the US equipped with the new M xDrive engine, ensuring that all that massive torque finds its way to the wheels during take-off and tough driving.
The The M3 and M4 have undergone major restyling for 2021, including transitions to inline-6 engines equipped with turbochargers. The Bavarian automaker also showed off competing models to improve handling and shift from rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive.
Now cars benefit from the M xDrive function, which is usually backward-biased. However, it relies on electronics to distribute the 479 pound-feet of torque (up to 503 horsepower) and the two cars have a much more equal footing between the front and rear wheels.
Dynamic Stability Control
Under normal circumstances, 2022 models behave like a classic rear-wheel drive car BMW active differential handling distribution, but when conditions change and skidding is detected, some of that power is channeled to the front wheels to ensure road stability and control.
The luxury brand’s Dynamic Stability Control system provides a faster response time to the M xDrive and Active M differential. Faster response times mean improved agility and control over both understeer and oversteer.
BMW noted that the transfer case also features a unique control unit and integrated traction control system, which helps to quickly compensate for any differences in rotational speed between the front and rear wheels, without the need for the involvement of a central DSC computer. This results in improved all-wheel drive performance in highly dynamic driving situations, such as driving through turns in a controlled drift.
Just a little faster
The bottom line is that new technology means drivers can push their 2022 models further. Not only are cornering and other performance maneuvers tighter and faster, the cars are also faster in a straight line.
The BMW M3 Competition xDrive sedan and BMW M4 Competition xDrive coupe take just 3.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is 0.4 seconds faster than their rear-wheel drive counterparts. Depending on the specifications, the top speed is 155 mph or 180 mph.
New Competition models get 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum-alloy wheels, with 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-slip tires. Of course, new technology means a redesigned front axle geometry and a retuned steering ratio — from 15.0:1 to 14.6:1 — making the all-wheel-drive variants as smart and responsive as the company claims. Additionally, the oil system has been adapted to handle the increased traction and performance.
Other than that, not much has changed from the 2021 models that received the big updates last fall. The new models are expected to arrive in August. Buyers If you want to get the M3 Competition, the xDrive sedan will need to write a check – or perhaps transfer Bitcoin – for $76,900 or $78,800 for the M4 version. They will also need to add an additional $995 for destination and delivery fees.
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