The New 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive



August 2021 will see the arrival of the new M xDrive-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models, for the first time ever. The additional traction will enable the full 479 lb.-ft. of torque to be used to a greater extent during both acceleration and dynamic driving.

The fully-variable, rear-biased system distributes torque between the front and rear axles via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. An Active M differential takes care of torque distribution at the rear axle. Torque is directed to the rear wheels during normal driving, providing the classic rear-wheel drive experience. Only when additional traction is required, is torque sent to the front axle.

Both the M xDrive and Active M differential are connected directly to the Dynamic Stability Control System ensuring quicker responses in improving agility and controlling both understeer and oversteer. The transfer case also features a unique control unit and integrated traction control. This enables it to compensate for any differences in rotational speed between the front and rear wheels quickly, without having to involve the central DSC computer. This results in enhanced all-wheel-drive performance in highly dynamic driving situations, such as powering through corners in a controlled drift.

The M xDrive system also offers a choice of three drive modes: 4WD - the default setting with rear-wheel biased torque distribution focused on traction and precisely controlled handling. 4WD Sport - directs greater percentage of torque to the rear during dynamic driving and is designed to work particularly well on track environments. 2WD - requires DCS to be turned off and affords experienced drivers a pure rear-wheel drive experience without any system intervention.

The improvements in traction, handling stability and agility delivered by the combination of M xDrive and Active M Differential also translate into improved acceleration. The BMW M3 Competition xDrive Sedan and BMW M4 Competition xDrive Coupe both need just 3.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill, making them 0.4 seconds quicker here than their rear-wheel-drive counterparts. Depending on the specification, the top speed is 155 mph or 180 mph.

The Competition xDrive models are equipped with forged M light-alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels shod with 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-runflat performance tires. The redesigned front axle geometry and a retuned steering ratio - from 15.0:1 to 14.6:1 - ensure that the all-wheel drive variants deliver the agility that the BMW M driver expects. The oil system has been adapted to handle the increased traction and performance.

Exterior colors

The 2021 M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe feature two non-metallic colors, eight metallic colors (seven for M4) and two frozen matt colors to choose from.

Alpine White

Sao Paolo Yellow (new)

Black Sapphire Metallic

Brooklyn Grey Metallic (new)

Isle of Man Green Metallic (new)

Oxide Grey Metallic (new, for M3 core model only)

Portimao Blue Metallic

Toronto Red Metallic

Tanzanite Blue II Metallic

Individual Dravit Grey Metallic

Individual Frozen Brilliant White Metallic (new)

Individual Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic (new)

Interior Upholstery and Trim

A choice of four standard Extended Merino Leather and four optional Full Merino Leather interiors is available.

Yas Marina Blue / Black Extended Merino Leather

Silverstone / Black Extended Merino Leather

Kyalami Orange / Black Extended Merino Leather

Black Extended Merino Leather

Yas Marina Blue / Black Full Merino Leather

Silverstone / Black Full Merino Leather

Kyalami Orange / Black Full Merino Leather

Black Full merino Leather

Aluminum Tetragon interior trim is standard.

Carbon Fiber trim or Individual Piano Black Finish trim are optional.

Standard Equipment

503 hp / 479 lb-ft of torque

19-inch / 20-inch Bi-color alloy wheels

8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission

M xDrive all-wheel drive

M Sport rear differential

Adaptive M Suspension

M Drive modes

Power, heated front M Sport seats with lumbar support

Rear view camera

Ambient interior lighting

M Seat belts

Anthracite headliner

Aluminum Tetragon interior trim

Park distance control

Automatic high beams

Automatic climate control

Dynamic cruise control

Extended Shadowline exterior trim

Tire pressure monitor

Mobility tire inflator kit

Alarm system

Comfort access keyless entry

Auto dimming exterior and interior mirrors

Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7

Harman-Kardon surround sound audio

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

SiriusXM with 360L and 1-year all-access subscription

Connected Package Pro

ConnectedDrive Services

Active Protection

Automatic front seat belt tensioning

Automatic closing of windows and moonroof

Fatigue and Focus Alert

Post-crash braking

Active Driving Assistant

Lane Departure Warning

Speed limit Information

Active Blind Spot Detection

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Rear Collision Preparation

Packages and Optional Equipment

Packages include:

Parking Assistance Package

Parking Assistance Package Plus

Drive Recorder

Executive Package

Heated Steering Wheel

Power trunk lid

Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight

Head-Up Display

Wireless Charging for compatible mobile devices

Gesture Control

WiFi Hotspot with 3 GB or 3-month trial

Driving Assistance Professional Package

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go

Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways

Active Lane Keeping Assistant

Active Blind Spot Protection

Evasion Aid

Front and rear cross-traffic alert

Stand-alone options include:

M Drive Professional

19-inch / 20-inch Jet Black alloy wheels

M Carbon Ceramic brakes

M Compound brakes with red calipers

M Compound brakes with black calipers

BMW Performance Design elements deletion

Individual Shadowline lights

Moonroof (no-cost, replaces CFRP roof with steel roof)

Front ventilated seats

M Carbon bucket seats

Carbon Fiber trim

Individual Piano Black Finish trim

M Carbon Exterior Package

M Driver's Package - Voucher for BMW driver training and increased top speed limiter of 180 mph.