BMW just unveiled the all-new 2021 BMW M3 Sedan and 2021 BMW M4 Coupe, the former of which will rival the more-powerful Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, and the latter of which has no direct rival in the General Motors portfolio.
Both models usher in a fresh generation for their respective nameplates, and introduce a brand-new exterior design. Both are also dimensionally longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing models which they replace, and both models also sport longer wheelbases.
Inside, the 2021 BMW M3 and 2021 BMW M4 feature a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Motivation is sourced from the BMW TwinPower Turbo 3.0L I6 S58 engine, which is offered with the option for a six-speed manual transmission, or an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while AWD will be offered at a later date.
Output is rated at 473 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque at 2,650 rpm for core models, with the sprint to 60 mph achieved in 4.1 seconds. Top speed hits at 155 mph as standard, while the M Driver’s Package ups the ante to 180 mph.
Go for the Competition model, and output is boosted to 503 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque at 2,750 rpm, with 0-to-60 mph times reduced to 3.8 seconds. Top speeds remain the same at 155 mph and 180 mph.
“Through constant development work, BMW M GmbH has boosted power in the new M3 and M4 by 48 horsepower over the previous models and by 59 horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque in the new Competition models over previous Competition package-equipped cars,” BMW states.
Further standout features include standard adaptive suspension, speed-sensitive steering, and six-pot front brakes.
Pricing starts at $69,900 for the 2021 BMW M3 and $71,800 for the 2021 BMW M4, plus $995 Destination. Upgrading to the Competition model brings pricing up to $72,800 for the M3 and $74,700 for the M4.
Market launch is slated to kick off in March of 2021, while Competition models equipped with M xDrive will be available in the summer of 2021.