The New 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive

  • The first M3 and M4 models with M xDrive all-wheel drive.
  • 503 hp and 479 lb.-ft of torque.
  • MSRP of $76,900 plus $995 Destination for the M3 Competition xDrive Sedan.
  • MSRP of $78,800 plus $995 Destination for the M4 Competition xDrive Coupe.
  • Market launch set for August 2021.

The new 2021 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe release link
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 18, 2021… August 2021 will see the arrival of the new M xDrive-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models, for the first time ever. The additional traction will enable the full 479 lb.-ft. of torque to be used to a greater extent during both acceleration and dynamic driving.
The fully-variable, rear-biased system distributes torque between the front and rear axles via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. An Active M differential takes care of torque distribution at the rear axle. Torque is directed to the rear wheels during normal driving, providing the classic rear-wheel drive experience. Only when additional traction is required, is torque sent to the front axle.
Both the M xDrive and Active M differential are connected directly to the Dynamic Stability Control System ensuring quicker responses in improving agility and controlling both understeer and oversteer. The transfer case also features a unique control unit and integrated traction control. This enables it to compensate for any differences in rotational speed between the front and rear wheels quickly, without having to involve the central DSC computer. This results in enhanced all-wheel-drive performance in highly dynamic driving situations, such as powering through corners in a controlled drift.
The M xDrive system also offers a choice of three drive modes: 4WD – the default setting with rear-wheel biased torque distribution focused on traction and precisely controlled handling. 4WD Sport – directs greater percentage of torque to the rear during dynamic driving and is designed to work particularly well on track environments. 2WD – requires DCS to be turned off and affords experienced drivers a pure rear-wheel drive experience without any system intervention.
The improvements in traction, handling stability and agility delivered by the combination of M xDrive and Active M Differential also translate into improved acceleration. The BMW M3 Competition xDrive Sedan and BMW M4 Competition xDrive Coupé both need just 3.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, making them 0.4 seconds quicker here than their rear-wheel-drive counterparts. Depending on the specification, the top speed is 155 mph or 180 mph.
The Competition xDrive models are equipped with forged M light-alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels shod with 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-runflat performance tires.  The redesigned front axle geometry and a retuned steering ratio – from 15.0:1 to 14.6:1 - ensure that the all-wheel drive variants deliver the agility that the BMW M driver expects. The oil system has been adapted to handle the increased traction and performance.
Exterior colors
The 2021 M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe feature two non-metallic colors, eight metallic colors (seven for M4) and two frozen matt colors to choose from.
  • Alpine White
  • Sao Paolo Yellow (new)
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Brooklyn Grey Metallic (new)
  • Isle of Man Green Metallic (new)
  • Oxide Grey Metallic (new, for M3 core model only)
  • Portimao Blue Metallic
  • Toronto Red Metallic
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic
  • Individual Dravit Grey Metallic
  • Individual Frozen Brilliant White Metallic (new)
  • Individual Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic (new)
Interior Upholstery and Trim

A choice of four standard Extended Merino Leather and four optional Full Merino Leather interiors is available.
  • Yas Marina Blue / Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Silverstone / Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Kyalami Orange / Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Yas Marina Blue / Black Full Merino Leather
  • Silverstone / Black Full Merino Leather
  • Kyalami Orange / Black Full Merino Leather
  • Black Full merino Leather
Aluminum Tetragon interior trim is standard.
Carbon Fiber trim or Individual Piano Black Finish trim are optional.
Standard Equipment
  • 503 hp / 479 lb-ft of torque
  • 19-inch / 20-inch Bi-color alloy wheels
  • 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission
  • M xDrive all-wheel drive
  • M Sport rear differential
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • M Drive modes
  • Power, heated front M Sport seats with lumbar support
  • Rear view camera
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • M Seat belts
  • Anthracite headliner
  • Aluminum Tetragon interior trim
  • Park distance control
  • Automatic high beams
  • Automatic climate control
  • Dynamic cruise control
  • Extended Shadowline exterior trim
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Mobility tire inflator kit
  • Alarm system
  • Comfort access keyless entry
  • Auto dimming exterior and interior mirrors
  • Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7
  • Harman-Kardon surround sound audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • SiriusXM with 360L and 1-year all-access subscription
  • Connected Package Pro
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • Active Protection
    • Automatic front seat belt tensioning
    • Automatic closing of windows and moonroof
    • Fatigue and Focus Alert
    • Post-crash braking
  • Active Driving Assistant
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Speed limit Information
    • Active Blind Spot Detection
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Rear Collision Preparation
Packages and Optional Equipment

Packages include:
  • Parking Assistance Package
    • Parking Assistance Package Plus
    • Drive Recorder
  • Executive Package
    • Heated Steering Wheel
    • Power trunk lid
    • Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight
    • Head-Up Display
    • Wireless Charging for compatible mobile devices
    • Gesture Control
    • WiFi Hotspot with 3 GB or 3-month trial
  • Driving Assistance Professional Package
    • Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    • Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways
    • Active Lane Keeping Assistant
    • Active Blind Spot Protection
    • Evasion Aid
    • Front and rear cross-traffic alert
Stand-alone options include:
  • M Drive Professional
  • 19-inch / 20-inch Jet Black alloy wheels
  • M Carbon Ceramic brakes
  • M Compound brakes with red calipers
  • M Compound brakes with black calipers
  • BMW Performance Design elements deletion
  • Individual Shadowline lights
  • Moonroof (no-cost, replaces CFRP roof with steel roof)
  • Front ventilated seats
  • M Carbon bucket seats
  • Carbon Fiber trim
  • Individual Piano Black Finish trim
  • M Carbon Exterior Package
  • M Driver’s Package – Voucher for BMW driver training and increased top speed limiter of 180 mph.
    M3 Competition
xDrive Sedan
M4 Competition
xDrive Coupe
Seats -- 5 4
Number of Doors -- 4 2
Drive type -- AWD AWD
Length inches 189.1 189.1
Width inches 74.3 74.3
Width including mirrors inches 81.4 81.9
Height inches 56.5 54.9
Wheelbase inches 112.5 112.5
Ground clearance inches 4.8 4.8
Turning radius feet 20.7 20.7
Shoulder width front inches 56.0 55.1
Shoulder room 2nd row inches 54.6 51.0
Legroom front inches 41.6 41.7
Legroom 2nd row inches 35.6 34.7
Headroom front inches 40.6 40.3
Headroom 2nd row inches 37.8 35.8
Trunk volume ft³ 13.0 12.0
Fuel Tank capacity gallons 15.6 15.6
Curb weight lbs. 3,990 3,979
Gross vehicle weight lbs. 4,982 4,861
Payload lbs. 860 770
Weight distribution front / rear percent tbd tbd
Engine type -- S58B30T0 S58B30T0
Induction   Turbocharged Turbocharged
Cylinders -- 6 6
Valves per cylinder -- 4 4
Bore x Stroke mm 84.0 x 90.0 84.0 x 90.0
Displacement cm³ 2,993 2,993
Compression rate :1 9.3 9.3
Engine power hp 503 @ 6,250 503 @ 6,250
Engine torque ft.-lbs. 479 @
2,750 – 5,500
479 @
2,750 – 5,500
Fuel type -- Gasoline Gasoline
Recommended Fuel -- Premium Premium
Engine oil capacity quarts 7.4 7.4
Output per liter hp/liter 168.0 168.0
Transmission type -- M8HP76
8-speed auto
8-speed auto
Gear ratios 1st gear -- 5.00 5.00
2nd -- 3.20 3.20
3rd -- 2.14 2.14
4th -- 1.72 1.72
5th -- 1.31 1.31
6th -- 1.00 1.00
7th -- 0.82 0.82
8th -- 0.64 0.64
Reverse gear -- 3.48 3.48
Final drive ratio -- 3.15 3.15
Power-steering type -- EPS EPS
Steering ratio :1 14.6 14.6
Tires, standard front   275/35ZR19 275/35ZR19
Tires, standard rear   285/30ZR20 285/30ZR20
Wheels, standard front inches 9.5 x 19 / 10.5 x 20 9.5 x 19 / 10.5 x 20
Track, front inches 63.7 63.7
Rear, track inches 63.2 63.2
Cx -- 0.33 0.34
0-60 mph seconds 3.4 3.4
Top speed (w/M Perf. Package) mph 155 (180) 155 (180)
EPA Fuel Economy, city / hwy mpg tbd tbd

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