Rear-drive chiral and 375kW Competition versions of new M auto and auto to be followed by AWD option
BMW has assuredly aerial the attenuate blind of clandestineness about its new BMW M3 and M4, afterwards the next-generation mid-size super-sedan and auto were unceremoniously leaked yesterday.
And the acceptable account is BMW Australia has accepted the rear-wheel drive achievement cars will access in bounded showrooms in the aboriginal division of abutting year, in both accepted chiral and higher-output Competition automated forms, followed by an all-wheel drive advantage for the closing in backward 2021.
Based on our 2019 carsales Car of the Year, the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series sedan, and the new BMW 4 Series Auto due to access actuality abutting month, the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 are alternate by an M-specific adaptation of the latest 4 Series’ extra-large BMW branch grille, which is disconnected by a body-coloured vertical bar and appearance atramentous accumbent bars.
Behind the polarising new front-end design, however, lurks a added development of the new S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo beeline petrol six that debuted in the BMW X3 M and X4 M, bearing 353kW of ability and 550Nm of torque as standard.
Competition-spec models, meantime, up the ante to 375kW and 650Nm – analogous the X3 and X4 M Competition models for aiguille ability and advancement max torque by 50Nm.
In Australia, the accepted agent will be akin abandoned with rear-drive and a six-speed chiral in both the entry-level M3 and M4, which are claimed to hit 100km/h in 4.2 seconds.
High-output BMW M3 and M4 Competition models will initially be accessible in rear-drive auto-only form, bottomward the 0-100km/h dart time to aloof 3.9sec, but will be followed in backward 2021 by an xDrive AWD advantage for the aboriginal time, abutting rivals like the Audi RS 5.
That will accompany to six the cardinal of full-time M3 and M4 variants – the best anytime – although bounded and appraisement and specs are yet to be appear for any of them, let abandoned the consecutive M4 Convertible (due mid-2021) and the aboriginal M3 Touring (2022), or the M3 CS and M4 GTS specials that will accordingly follow.
Here’s the 2021 BMW M3/M4 barrage agency in its simplest form.
So while the M3 and M4 abide to be the abandoned models in their chic accessible with a chiral transmission, there won’t be a Competition archetypal with a chiral gearbox (because it’s bound to 550Nm), nor an AWD chiral nor an entry-level auto – admitting that could be added later, as could cheaper ‘Pure’ variants.
The M3/M4’s aboriginal automated chiral is the eight-speed M Steptronic torque-converter auto with Drivelogic, as apparent in the M5, M8 and X3, X4, X5 and X6 Ms, replacing the accepted seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
Of course, BMW M says the new M3 and M4 benefited from activating development and affability alongside the M4 GT3 chase car, and its high-revving M TwinPower Turbo agent – which revs to 7200rpm – brings two turbos with aberrant allegation air cooling, a flow-optimised air assimilation arrangement and absolute petrol bang with 350 bar of best pressure.
There are additionally bespoke cooling, lubrication and bankrupt systems, with a axial cooling bore aided by two alien high-temperature radiators in the wheel-arches, an added agent oil acknowledgment and abstracted chiral oil acknowledgment for Competition models, and two abstracted accommodation and an chip assimilation approach in the engine’s oil sump.
The accepted M3/M4 agent makes 353kW at 6250rpm and 550Nm over a ample 2650-6130rpm, while the Competition-spec adaptation employs altered software to advance 375kW at the aforementioned revs and 650Nm over a narrower 2750-5500rpm. The closing eclipses the highest-output adaptation of the old M4, the 372kW/600Nm GTS, for both ability and torque.
The chiral transmission, which is 25kg lighter than the auto, appearance an auto throttle-blipping activity (Gear About-face Assistant), and chiral alive in auto models is via about-face paddles on the three-spoke M council caster or the M-specific accessory batten with three-stage Drivelogic button.
BMW says the M3/M4’s aboriginal (optional) AWD arrangement sends torque to an Active M Differential at the rear in accustomed conditions, and drivers accept the best of 4WD and 4WD Action modes, the closing sending added ability aback during adamantine cornering. There’s additionally 2WD ‘fun mode’, which is accessed by disabling the DSC adherence control.
No ammunition burning abstracts accept been revealed, but the new M3 and M4 are about 160kg added than their predecessors, in allotment because of the beyond auto and auto models on which they’re based, says BMW.
In anatomy terms, compared to the G20 3 Series, the G80 M3 and G82 M4 add under-bonnet and under-floor bracing, a advanced arbor subframe with aluminium microburst console and a rigid-mounted rear arbor subframe.
There’s additionally adaptive M abeyance with electronically-controlled dampers and M-specific geometry and bushings, variable-ratio M Servotronic council and an upgraded braking arrangement with two-stage acknowledgment and pedal feel settings from the M8.
Along with an bigger M Activating Mode that “opens the aperture to a decidedly adventurous active experience, complete with controlled afloat ability”, there’s a new M Drive Professional arrangement for clue driving, absolute 10-stage M Traction Control, M Laptimer and M Drift Analyser, which annal and ante alongside action.
The 2021 BMW M3 and M4 both ride on staggered caster diameters – 19-inch up advanced and 20-inch at the rear – with 275/35 ZR19 and 285/30 ZR20 tyres respectively.
They additionally both accept the ‘big-mouth’ grille aboriginal apparent on the new 4 Series Coupe, but with atramentous accumbent confined and a axial body-coloured vertical bar punctuating a beefier advanced bonanza with beyond air intakes and accepted BMW Laserlight high-beam headlights.
Other corrective upgrades accommodate bolder wheel-arches with advanced ancillary gills, bolder ancillary skirts, a rear addle-brain and a chunkier rear bonanza with cloister bankrupt outlets.
Both the auto and auto appear accepted with a carbon-fibre-reinforced artificial (CFRP) roof, allegory with absolute new acrylic colours including Toronto Red metallic, Isle of Man Green brownish and Sao Paulo Yellow non-metallic.
Options from barrage will accommodate a no-cost animate roof with sunroof, an M Carbon exoteric package, a host of model-specific BMW M Achievement Parts, alien agent alpha and, for the aboriginal time, Active bench blast and lightweight, chase harness-compatible M Carbon brazier seats with chip arch restraints.
Also inside, there are new, power-adjustable M action seats, Merino covering trim, Active Assistant Professional including Council and Lane Ascendancy Assistant, Active Cruise Control, Cross Traffic Warning for advanced and rear, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning.
Also accepted is Parking Assistant Plus with Parking Assistance, Beleaguer View and Reversing Assistant, the BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific content, Speed Limit Info alley assurance detection, Comfort Access Arrangement keyless entry, three-zone automated altitude control, LED autogenous ambient lighting and 16-speaker Harman Kardon beleaguer sound.
Rounding out the accepted infotainment amalgamation is BMW Live Cockpit Professional with agenda apparatus cluster, BMW Maps cloud-based navigation, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.