Pricing for the M4 starts at Cooper SE starts at $85,100 in Canada, $71,800 in the US.
The tested M4 Competition xDrive is priced from $89,100 in Canada, $78,800 in the US.
The M4 Competition is a devastatingly fast car that doesn’t punish as much as it should.
Arguably, of the many tricks the automotive industry will have pulled in the 2020s, creating vehicles capable of both civility and mind-blowing performance will be one of the most notable. Though I’m often reminded of this fact, taking to the road in the new 2021 BMW M4 Competition further demonstrated how real this concept is.
The new BMW M3 and M4 have never been more scrutinized but, at the same time, have not been this good at being BMW M cars in a long time. Despite being niche cars, both Ms face stiff competition from Germany’s other premium auto brands. Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS have alternatives but the M4 Competition, specifically, is a happy medium between the AMG C 63 S and the RS 5 Coupe.
As such, is this happy medium a good enough reason to purchase the M4 Competition over its high-powered colleagues? Let’s dig a little deeper into the M4 to find out.
Why you should buy a 2021 BMW M4 Competition:
The Competition version of the M3 and M4 is powered by the twin-power turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-6 cylinder engine. Output is an astonishing 503 horsepower compared to 473 for the “base” Ms.
In Canada, M xDrive with Active M Differential is included with the Competition variant. The amount of grip and traction provided by the system is scary good.
With the standard 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, the M4 Competition launches to 100 km/h in only 3.5 seconds. It’s insanely fast.
The 8-speed M Steptronic transmission is perfectly at ease gliding from one gear to another as it is pounding away at destructive up- or downshifts.
Despite being “competition” models honed for track use, the M4 is reasonably docile in urban driving settings. The dampers provide plenty of travel for comfort over most paved surfaces. This makes it a true no-compromise 500-horsepower daily driver.
The M4 Competition blends the C 63 S’ aggressiveness and sharp driving dynamics with the RS 5’s agreeable and easy-to-live-with personality.
The optional and must-have M carbon bucket seats are unbelievably and deceivingly comfortable and supportive.
Another option, because you should, is the Kyalami Orange/Black full Merino leather interior.
The right set of options, such as the Merino leather, can make the M4 Competition equal parts track-focused supercar killer and a personal luxury coupe.
Why you should not buy a 2021 BMW M4 Competition:
The nose. Its styling. Although it has grown on me, mostly thanks to the recently reviewed base M3, the new grille/nostril design remains extremely controversial.
Some or many will disagree, but the M4 Competition is too good. Anyone can be fast in this car. The non-Competition M3 and M4 equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission require skills and experience to be driven fast.
Despite being a “lesser” M car, the M2 Competition is a more inspiring driver’s car and it’s less expensive. Likewise, with a few choice options as suggested above, the M4 Competition’s price comes close enough to that of the M5 Competition, a far more noble steed.
The new 2021 BMW M3 and M4, both in base and Competition guises, mark the return of the fabled M cars of yore. The past F80 generation was completely out of balance with power overwhelming the chassis. It looked good but the driving experience was out of focus.
This is no longer the case as the M3 and M4’s priorities are realigned with expectations. Even though I prefer the M3 for its 4-door versatility and its lineage (I know, the original E30 was never offered as a sedan but the E36 (the best M3 ever?) was), the M4 Competition is a staggeringly good all-round high-performance car.
Bottom line is that a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S will always punish you while the Audi RS 5 Coupé may leave you wanting more performance overall, the 2021 BMW M4 Competition delivers all the goods. Here’s a tip to fully appreciate your new M4: Always walk towards it from behind.