Wednesday, October 28, 2020
News Finally: The All-New BMW M3 And M4

Finally: The All-New BMW M3 And M4

It’s all there, black on white and in living colour: The new BMW M3 and M4 are going to be very fast.


  • Base Ms get 480 horsepower, the Competition has 510.

  • From the specs, these cars will be exceptional driving machines.

  • Market launch to begin in March 2021.


For the last few months, talks about the upcoming BMW G80 M3 and G82 M4 have lead to much speculation and more or less confirmed facts. As of now, all the details are out and much of it was spot on. These two M cars will make many driving enthusiasts very happy.

2021 BMW M3 and M4 | Photo: BMW

The featured M TwinPower turbocharged in-line six-cylinder will produce 480 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine tune will be offered with a highly desirable model-specific 6-speed manual gearbox with Gear Shift Assistant – the only cars in the category to be equipped with a manual.

The Competition versions of both the M3 and M4 earn a 510-horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque tune from the boosted straight-6. They will receive an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and, as of next summer, will be available with an M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The latter will feature an Active M Differential with a rear-wheel-biased setup. There will be three selectable modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD for complete RWD honing possibilities.

For both cars, power and acceleration will be staggering. The “base” Ms will scoot to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds while the Competition versions will cover the same sprint in 3.9 seconds.

2021 BMW M3 and M4 | Photo: BMW

Along with the power will be a collection of components to keep the cars’ shiny side up. Included with be an Adaptive M suspension, M Servotronic steering, and M‑specific front- and rear-axle upgrades. The braking system, with M Compound brakes, will offer two settings for pedal feel and response, and those who plan on pushing the limits, BMW suggests optional M Carbon ceramic brakes.

Onboard, the M3 and M4 get new M sport seats and fine-grain Merino leather. Optionally, New M Carbon bucket seats with structure-based design will be available. The steering wheel will incorporate two M buttons for drive modes which include ROAD and SPORT settings. An additional TRACK mode, a fairly self-explanatory one, is added when M Drive Professional is specified. The latter includes M Drift Analyser, M Laptimer, and M Traction Control for drivers who take their craft seriously.

As well, BMW introduces the M Race Track Package which reduces the vehicle’s weight by roughly 25 kilograms (55 pounds). It includes M Carbon ceramic brakes, special M light-alloy wheels, and M Carbon bucket seats – it won’t be a cheap feature.

2021 BMW M4 | Photo: BMW

Finally, there’s nothing much else to add about the cars’ styling that hasn’t already been said. Most who will see the new M3 and M4 will do so from behind as they will undoubtedly be lapped or passed by them…

2021 BMW M3 and M4 | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW M3 and M4 | Photo: BMW

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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