While BMW is focusing, like many other manufacturers, on electric models, the brand does not forget its customers who are thrill seekers. This is how the Bavarian firm wished to renew its M3 and M4, essential stars of the range for decades, however considerably changing their style, thus creating a certain controversy. Thirty-five years after being marketed for the very first time, the M3, as well as its coupe version, had indeed surprised by adopting the famous grille with much commentary on the new Series 4, inaugurated on the Concept 4 in 2019 in Frankfurt. But after the surprise effect, the reception of the press and the public was rather good for this sports duo, whose marketing is just starting in France, despite increasingly severe environmental restrictions. But what does it matter, because the German firm manages to offset its emissions, with an increasingly extensive electric range, enough to afford some follies.
And the latest has just been unveiled, and it should undoubtedly appeal to customers, and to all those looking for a sporty and healthy vehicle to use on a daily basis. And for good reason, the BMW M3 and M4 are now available in a four-wheel drive version, with xDrive all-wheel drive. A first for the sports duo, until then only offered in propulsion, an architecture that has become inseparable from the two cars for fans. The ZF automatic gearbox torque converter is here renewed, replacing the DKG double clutch version of the previous generation Note that three modes are available on this new version with all-wheel drive, making it possible to manage the distribution of the torque according to needs and desires. And the good news never comes alone, the weight increases by only about forty kilos!
Unsurprisingly, the six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged is renewed here, still developing 510 horsepower for a torque of 650 Nm. And if some might believe that the arrival of all-wheel drive will be at the expense of performance, they are wrong, since 0 to 100 km / h is the same improved, since it is now shot in just 3.4 seconds, four tenths of a second less than the rear-wheel drive version. It should be noted that this new version is distinguished by many accessories delivered as standard, including the M Sport seats as well as the 19-inch M light alloy rims. A slew of new colors will also be available, including San Paolo yellow and Isle of Man green metallic. On board, the driver will also be able to take advantage of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional as well as the Driving Assistant Professional package, including adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping system.
The first deliveries of these BMW M3 et M4 xDrive are scheduled for next August. If the prices are still unknown, they should blithely exceed the 100,000 € mark.
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