The Bavarians have gone all flamboyant with the new 2021 BMW M3 and M4, increasing power, performance, and not to mention that grille…
Well, 35 years after the original BMW M3 took to winning Group A races all over the world, we’re due for a controversial sixth-generation of the Bavarian icon.
The M journey has taken us down a few wrong turns along the way, but generally it’s been a wild ride. For the latest just-revealed 2021 BMW M3 and M4, the German manufacturer let loose and developed an eye-catching (make of that what you will…) duo sporting loud colours, some rather flamboyant trim, and more performance than ever before.
Representing the biggest styling leap of any M generation before, the new exterior is generic in its outline but the chiselled details take plenty of time to digest. The new giant grille increases airflow and improves cooling according to BMW, and the flics and flats up front are there to optimise aerodynamics at high speed. At the back the standard carbon fibre roof sports two running fins, and the quad exhaust tips each measure 100mm across, nestled within the huge rear diffuser.
BMW remains committed to the straight-six turbocharged engine, here developing 480 horsepower and 550Nm of torque, unless you pay extra for the Competition pack which unlock 510 horsepower and 650Nm of torque. Regardless of model, the steering is electric as before, with a variable ratio, and the suspension features electronically controlled dampers. A 10-stage traction control system is optional, otherwise all-wheel drive takes care of grip in most situations.
Catering to the hard-core enthusiasts BMW will offer either car with a six-speed manual transmission, but if you choose a Competition model you get a standard eight-speed automatic. For the first time the tyre setup s staggered so you get 18-inch wheels at the front and 19s at the back. Again the Competition cars step it up with 19s and 20s respectively. Other goodies available for an extra cost are carbon ceramic brakes and ultra-performance tyres. Additionally an optional M Race Track Package saves 25kg with carbon fibre racing bucket seats and some lightweight alloy wheels.
Straight from launch, BMW M is also introducing a range of accessories for the new M3 and M4 line, which includes 10mm lower M Performance suspension, uprated brake pads, and a titanium exhaust system that saves five kilograms. The body gets a host of carbon fibre spoilers and winglets all over, and the available wheel designs go up to 21-inch in size. Inside the car it’s all about yet more carbon fibre, Alcantara, and some fine Merino leather. BMW designers didn’t shy away from some bright colours inside so buyers can personalise their new M3 or M4 down to the smallest detail.