One week after the unveiling of the new generation BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, the two performance models are already on sale in Australia, with deliveries set to commence in Q1 of 2021.
The four-model lineup includes the regular M3 and M4, which start at AU$144,900 and AU$149,900 (US$102,292-US$105,822), and the more powerful M3 Competition and M4 Competition that can be had from AU$154,900 and AU$159,900 (US$109,352-US$112,822) respectively.
All versions pack a bi-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine that develops 473 HP (479 PS / 352 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the lesser variants, and 503 HP (510 PS / 375 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) in the Competition models that feature an eight-speed auto.
In the former specification, the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint takes 4.1 seconds, whereas the Competition drops the acceleration time to 3.8 seconds. It is also worth noting that the new M3 and M4 are offered strictly with rear-wheel drive, as the all-wheel drive models will arrive Down Under in the Competition spec late next year.
BMW is offering the M3 and M4 with standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged wheels shod in performance tires, an active differential, adaptive suspension and laser headlights. Heated front sports seats with electric adjustment on the driver’s side, carbon fiber and leather trim, ambient light, automatic air-con, head-up display, digital radio, premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging pad and others are also included.
Besides the extra oomph and automatic gearbox, the M3 and M4 Competition come with carbon fiber paddle shifters on the steering wheel, full leather upholstery, Driving Assistance Professional and comfort access with digital key.
Customers can spec their cars with the optional M carbon exterior package, ceramic brakes, bucket seats, track tires, different paint finishes and so on.