The new BMW M3 and M4 Competition models are now joined by the AWD variants, scheduled to go on sale in Europe starting in July 2021. Both cars get a rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Visually, the M xDrive Competition models don’t look any different compared to the rear-wheel-drive Competition models. They still feature carbon fibre elements such as the front intakes, mirror caps, a bootlid spoiler, rear diffuser and the roof. The wheel design on both models is the same as well.
As standard, the cars ride on M light-alloy wheels measuring 19-inches at the front and 20-inches at the rear, wrapped in 275/35 R19 and 285/30 R20 tyres, respectively. Special track tyres with the same dimensions can be found in the options list.
Both models are, of course, still powered by a 3.0-litre (2,993 cc) in-line 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine with 375 kW (510 metric hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission. The M xDrive AWD system distributes the power and torque between the front and rear wheels as required. Also, the Active M Differential at the rear teams up with the AWD system to distribute the drive torque between the rear wheels as the situation demands.
In the cockpit, the driver can change the default 4WD setting to 2WD mode, where the power is relayed exclusively to the rear wheels. The optional M Traction Control enables to finely adjust the traction through 10 stages.