When BMW officially revealed the 2021 4 Series, one of the biggest talking points of the new BMW coupe is its rather large front end. So far, reception towards that new grille has is mixed, and that's putting it lightly. However, it seems that you might have to get used to it because BMW did the same for the all-new M4 and M3.
There's no getting around the massive kidney grille. If the standard grille in the 4 Series wasn't enough, BMW made it even bigger for the M4. The size certainly attracts attention, but whether it's a good or bad thing is, well, up to you. With nostrils that huge, we can't help but think it needs a huge face mask just to cover it up. In particular, the M3 has a much different front end from the tamer 3 Series sedans, adapting the same look as the coupe. Both these cars present a departure from the traditional BMW front end with the grille slats place vertically instead of horizontally.
As for the rest of the car, it gets the usual M Division exterior treatment. The fenders are wider than the standard models, and the bumpers get more corner intakes. The wheels are unique to each of these models, likely to accommodate bigger brakes. Both also get a pair of slim side skirts, as well as quad exhaust pipes for good measure. With the M3 and M4 models in the photo wearing bright shades of green and yellow, the new M cars are not what one would call subtle.
While the styling will continue to divide fans, there's one bit of news that will be the delight of every enthusiast. Unlike most of its competitors (Audi RS4, Mercedes-AMG C63), the all-new M3 and M4 will still come with a six-speed manual transmission. The other transmission offered is an eight-speed automatic tuned specifically for these models.
But what about the engine? BMW did confirm that it will still use a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine. Power ranges from 480 PS, all the way to 510 PS, making these two the most powerful M3 and M4 models to date. For comparison basis, the current M3 and M4 make 431 PS, and the Competition models put out 450 PS. Do note that the Competition versions of each car come with all-wheel drive as standard. That said, the all-wheel-drive system can be switched to rear-wheel drive mode if the driver is feeling a little bit daring on the race track.
According to BMW, the M3 and M4 can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds. The Competition models are slightly faster, doing the 0 to 100 km/h run in 3.9 seconds. Top speed figures were not posted, but it is likely governed at 250 km/h for the standard models. The speed cap will probably be higher for the Competition versions.
So say what you want about the styling, these new M cars are the most powerful BMW compact executive sedans and coupes to date. That should count for something, right?