The German company presented its “charged” models with the M xDrive transmission.
The updated BMW M3 and M4 have acquired an all-wheel drive system for the first time. M xDrive all-wheel drive is an option for the M3 and M4 Competition versions with the 8-speed automatic ZF. Compared to rear-wheel drive versions, the curb weight of such vehicles has increased by 50 kg. Thus, the M3 Competition sedan with M xDrive all-wheel drive technology weighs 1,780 kg, while the M4 Competition M xDrive Coupe is 5 kg lighter.
Despite the increase in weight, the BMW M3 and M4 with all-wheel drive are faster: acceleration to 100 km / h is reduced by 0.4 seconds, and now the figure is 3.5 seconds. Top speed has not changed: both the sedan and the coupe reach the limiter 250 km / h or 290 km / h with the optional M Performance package.
The M xDrive all-wheel drive with multi-plate front axle clutch on the M3 / M4 Competition is the same as on the M5 Competition. By default, more torque is transferred to the rear axle, with the front wheels engaging when the rear wheels slip. It is possible to select 2WD mode and disable the stabilization system.
Otherwise, the BMW M3 / M4 Competition with M xDrive all-wheel drive follows the updated models that debuted in September 2020. Under the hood is a 510 hp (650 Nm) 6-cylinder 3.0-liter S58 turbo unit. At the same time, with the M Drive Professional package, you can make individual settings for the stabilization system.
For the US market, prices for the M3 and M4 Competition with the M xDrive AWD have already been announced. The four-wheel drive sedan is more expensive than the equivalent rear-wheel drive model by $ 4,100, or 5.6%. American BMW dealers will have the first all-wheel drive M3 / M4 cars in July.