BMW Australia has released pricing details for the M3 and M4 Competition models which are bound to hit dealerships mid-May.
Announced at the beginning of the year, the Competition variant is available for the M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible. The M trio comes with an extra 14 kilowatts (19 horsepower) of power for a grand total of 331 kW (444 hp) while keeping the same 550 newton-meters (406 pound-feet) of torque as before. In a bid to please everyone, BMW Australia will sell you the three M models with a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
Go for the manual and the M3 Sedan along with the M4 Coupe will sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill in 4.2 seconds (4.5s for the M4 Convertible). Selecting the M Double Clutch transmission will reduce the sprint time to 4.0 seconds (4.3s for the open-top model). Compared to the non-Competition models, all three are 0.1 seconds quicker in the sprint.
Aside from packing more punch and being slightly faster, the Competition models also get 20-inch M light alloy wheels featuring a machine-polished star-spoke design. The cars come equipped with 265/30 R20 front and 285/30 R20 rear tires and take advantage of a recalibrated Active M Differential. As if this wasn’t enough, the Competition variant brings upgraded springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars, along with new settings for the three driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+).
On the outside, the cars are adorned with the BMW Individual Shadow Line trim featuring a glossy black look for the kidney grille, side gills, rear model badge, and window trims. The same finish can also be noticed on the quad exhaust tips which according to the Bavarian marque grant a “suitably track-honed acoustic.”
BMW also made some tweaks inside the cabin, adding M leather-wrapped seats that are lighter than the regular ones while keeping the electric adjustment and the lateral support.
Available mid-May, the BMW M3 Competition Sedan will set you back $144,900, followed by the M4 Competition Coupe at $154,900, and the M4 Competition Convertible from $165,900.
Source: BMW Australia
BMW M3 & M4 gain a new competition package
BMW announces pricing for new M3 and M4 Competition variants
- New BMW M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Competition Coupe and M4 Competition Convertible to arrive mid-May, expanding the BMW M3/M4 family to six.
- Priced from $144,900* for M3 Competition Sedan, $154,900* for M4 Competition Coupe and $165,900* for M4 Competition Convertible.
- Power increased to 331kW, a 14kW improvement.
- Benchmark 0-100km/h acceleration time improves by 0.1 seconds across the range; now 4.0 seconds for M3 and M4 Competition vehicles and 4.3 seconds for M4 Competition Convertible with standard seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission.
- Six-speed manual available as no-cost option.
- Bespoke settings for Adaptive M Suspension, Dynamic Stability Control and Active M Differential.
- Focused interior showcases lightweight M leather seats and seat belts with woven M colour stripes (M3 and M4 Coupe Competition).
- BMW Individual Shadow Line trim features black high-gloss finish to BMW kidney grille, side gills, exhaust tailpipes and rear model badge.
- Forged 20-inch star-spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres measuring 265/30 R 20 front, 285/30 R 20 rear.
- Sports exhaust system provides race track-inspired acoustic.
BMW Group Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for new Competition variants of the BMW M3/M4 family, due in showrooms from mid-May.
Taking inspiration from BMW M’s motorsport heritage, the M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Competition Coupe and M4 Competition Convertible offer further-focused performance with increased power, honed dynamics and sharpened appearance.
Pricing commences from $144,900* for the M3 Competition Sedan, $154,900* for the M4 Competition Coupe and $165,900* for the range-topping M4 Competition Convertible.
Powering the Competition variants is a tuned version of the M3/M4 M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine. The twin-turbocharged straight-six now produces 331kW (up 14kW) while retaining a muscular 550Nm torque peak.
The resultant uplift in performance sees the seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models achieve 100km/h from rest in 4.0 seconds, an improvement of 0.1 seconds. Opting for the M4 Competition Convertible mirrors that improvement with a 4.3 second sprint to 100km/h.
For purists, a six-speed manual transmission is available as a no-cost option. Manual-equipped M3 and M4 Competition variants achieve 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds; the M4 Competition Convertible 4.5 seconds. Both are 0.1 seconds faster than non-Competition variants.
M3 and M4 Competition models also gain a host of dynamic enhancements to maximise the additional performance.
In hardware terms, the Competition features new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. These work with forged, machine-polished star-spoke 20-inch M light alloy wheels and mixed tyres (265/30 R20 front, 285/30 R20 rear) to deliver improved handling characteristics, while a new calibration for the Active M Differential aids drivability and traction.
The standard Adaptive M Suspension boasts new settings in each of the three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport+) to match these revisions and the Dynamic Stability Control system has also been reconfigured.
Visually, the Competition variants stand out with their Shadow Line trim sourced from BMW Individual. A black high-gloss finish highlights the classic BMW kidney grille, side gills, window trims and rear model badge. The quad tailpipes of the M sports exhaust system are also in black high-gloss and provide a suitably track-honed acoustic, complete with evocative ‘crackle’ on the overrun.
Inside, the M3 Competition and M4 Competition Coupe adopt M leather seats that use distinctive cut-out elements to reduce weight. The seats retain electric adjustment for exceptional long-journey comfort while providing plentiful support during high performance driving. Woven BMW M stripes stitched into the seat belts add further allure to the interior.
The BMW M3 and M4 Competition variants ape the impressive standard equipment of the existing BMW M3/M4 range, with highlights including comfort access, head-up display, extended leather trim (including dashboard) and extended smartphone connectivity.
Optional equipment, as well as paint, upholstery and interior trim selections, also reflects the expansive array available to the existing BMW M3/M4 range.
Shawn Ticehurst, Head of Product and Market Planning for BMW Group Australia, said the BMW M3 and M4 Competition models will provide an even more focused edge to the range.
“With more power, enhanced suspension and bespoke settings for the differential and stability control systems, the Competition variants are aptly named,” he said.
“Arriving hot on the heels of the M2, the M3/M4 Competition models prove that BMW M is on a roll in the company’s centenary,” he added.
All maintenance requirements for the BMW M3 and M4 Competition range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system. With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due. Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.
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* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing enquiries.