It's only been a few weeks since BMW Philippines launched the 2021 4 Series locally. However, fans of the all-new coupe and its large grille were only treated to two models – 420i Advantage and 420i M Sport. Both models are powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine similar to the 320i, and it produces 184 PS and 290 Nm torque. The lone transmission option is an 8-speed automatic.
But what about the M4? Well, the high-performance BMW coupe just made its regional debut in Thailand at the 2021 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). Soon, it will be arriving in the Philippines as well.
For fans of the new M4 Competition's design, you'll be glad to know that no styling changes were made to the ASEAN-spec model. Compared to the 4 Series launched locally, the vertical kidney grilles on the M model are much bigger. They also feature vertical grille slats, unlike previous BMW models. The more aggressive bumper comes with larger intake vents flanked by small corner intakes.
Meanwhile, the rest of the car gets BMW's signature M Division makeover. The fenders are wider to fit the larger and wider wheels. A pair of slim side skirts run down the length of the body. At the rear, the M4 Competition is fitted with a small trunk spoiler. Meanwhile, the bumper is fitted with a large diffuser. As with all M models, quad exhaust pipes come standard. It's also worth noting that the M4 on display at BIMS is finished in the same shade of yellow as the launch model.
Under the hood, the M4 uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six rated from 510 horsepower and 650 Nm torque. Over in Thailand, the M4 is paired with an 8-speed automatic. Unfortunately, there was no mention if the 6-speed manual will be offered in the country. With the automatic gearbox, the coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250 km/h.
This being the M4 Competition variant, all-wheel drive is standard. However, the all-wheel-drive system can be switched to rear-wheel-drive mode if the driver wants to have some fun. With an M Drift Analyzer system fitted standard, it's practically begging to go sideways.
With the BMW M4 Competition now in Thailand, it will only be a matter of time before it arrives in the Philippines. Once here, it would be a great competition for the Audi RS and the Mercedes-AMGs models, assuming it is priced competitively. For reference, the Thailand-spec model retails for THB 9,999,000 or roughly PHP 15.7 million, yikes. Fortunately, it's likely to be more affordable here than in the Land of Smiles.