The BMW M3 and M4 xDrive derivatives are now available to order in SA. With that in mind BMW SA has released pricing for the latest two M cars to go on sale locally via its local website. The cars will be on sale locally before the year ends.
A family of four
BMW already offers the M3 and M4 Competition versions in SA. The local subsidiary has not introduced the lower powered non-Competition variants as available in some markets. Adding the two xDrive options grows the local line-up to four.
In Competition guise both body styles (sedan and coupe) are fitted with an inline six cylinder engine that is turbocharged. This engine is an evolution of the unit we’ve seen in the previous generation BMW M3 as well as the current X3M and X4M Competition (read our BMW X3M Competition review here).
The motor produces 375 kW and a massive 650 N.m of torque. Usually power is sent solely to the rear axle through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The xDrive derivatives direct power to all four wheels. This ensures added traction, especially on pull away and in slippery conditions. BMW quotes a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3,5 seconds for both shapes, and top speed is still rated as 250 km/h.
BMW engineers have set up the xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a rear-wheel bias, so the cars still retain that classic BMW sportscar feel. For the brave, full rear-wheel-drive is available by deactivating drive sent to the front wheels through the cars’ electronic systems.
BMW M3 Competition Sedan R1 894 776
BMW M4 Competition Coupé R1 974 776
BMW M3 Competition Sedan M xDrive R1 937 812
BMW M4 Competition Coupé M xDrive R2 017 812
Learn all about the performance derived xDrive system on the two new sportscars from the man who was responsible for its development.