In other words, it means these AWD additions deliver a whopping 503 horsepower from the twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 that sits under the hood of each model. This also means that an eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Do you want to row your own gears? Then you’ll have to forego all-wheel drive and stick to the 473-horsepower engine that powers the normal (non-competitive) iterations of the 2021 M3 and M4. However, BMW equips both the M3 Competition and the M4 Competition with a set of shift paddles to allow a certain amount of control over the self-shifting transmission.
Opting for all-wheel drive also noticeably improves the straight-line performance of these two BMWs. While the M3 Competition with rear-wheel drive and the M4 Competition take an estimated 3.8 seconds by the manufacturer to slide to 60 mph, the xDrive vehicles per BMW only need 3.4 seconds (probably due to their extra traction off the Line).
These AWD bimmers shouldn’t be any less fun than their RWD counterparts. We thank you for the rear alignment of the AWD system. The setup offers three driving modes: the default setting for all-wheel drive, the option for 4WD Sport for racers, and the drift-friendly 2WD mode (which is only available when stability control is turned off).
In addition, BMW is equipping the M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive with standard, staggered 19- and 20-inch front and rear wheels and tires (this setup is currently optional for rear-wheel drive vehicles) and a faster 14.6: 1 steering ratio instead of the 15.0: 1 gear of the two-wheel drive models. BMW also notes that it has to do with the geometry of the vehicles ‘front axles as well as the cars’ oil systems to allow for the addition of all-wheel drive.
Look for the 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive and the 2022 BMW M4 Competition xDrive, which will arrive in August with starting sums of USD 77,895 and USD 79,795 or USD 4,100 more than the base prices of the 2021 M3 Competition 2021 M4 Competition.