2021 BMW M3 and M4 Unveiled; Get A 4WD System For The First Time
BMW has unveiled the 2021 M3 and the M4. Like before, the new M3 and M4 also look similar at the front but have different designs at the back. Also while the M3 is a 5-door offering, the M4 continues to be a 3-door car.
Upfront, both the M3 and the M4 resemble the bigger 8 series save for the larger kidney grille, which is exclusive to the new sports sedans. Coming to the sides and the rear, both the sedans resemble their standard counterpart except for some minor tweaks in the form of the reworked rear bumper with diffuser, rear spoiler and a carbon fibre roof.
Talking about the dimensions, BMW says both the sedans have grown in dimensions compared to there predecessors. The new M3 is 122mm longer, 26mm wider and 8mm taller. Its wheelbase has also grown by 45mm and now stands at 2857mm. Coming to the M4, it is 122mm longer, 17mm wider and 5mm taller. Its wheelbase has also grown by 45mm.
Inside the cabin, both the M sedans look identical to the standard models except for some M-specific updates. Both the sedans get M Sport steering, M Sport front seats and M Sport specific graphics on the infotainment and digital instrument cluster.
Under the hood, both the M sedans are powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine. This engine is available in two states of tune. In the standard M3 and M4, the engine makes 480PS of power and 550 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. In the Competition trims, this engine makes 510PS and 650Nm mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
For the first time, M3 and M4 sedans are offered with an M xDrive 4WD system. However, it is limited to the Competition variants only. M xDrive works in combination with Active M Differential and a rear-wheel-biased setup with three selectable modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD for pure rear‑wheel drive and deactivated stability control.
The new M3 and the M4 will go on sale in the International markets by March 2021. Although there is no official confirmation about the launch of these sedans in India, we expect them to arrive here by the end of 2021 since the previous-gen models of both the sedans were on sale in the country.
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