BMW M3 & M4 hit new performance levels with 2021 Competition models

A quick look at the fastest M3 and M4 models in BMW's history.

The arrival of a new M car is always great news for automotive enthusiasts. Now, more than ever, the M3 and M4 have never been so different. While both riding on a shared CLAR architecture, one is a high-performance sedan, while the other is an overpowered sports coupe that edges on Grand Tourer territory. Both are insanely quick and come with a big mean grille.

But apart from a controversial design and new flashy bright colors, these new M twins have never offered this much flexibility in their performance promise. Out of the box, both models come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six that sends 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque directly to the rear wheels.

Of course, there’s also the 617-hp 2021 M5 Competition with 553 lb-ft of torque.

2021 BMW M3 Competition Sedan & BMW M4 Competition Coupé

Still not enough? BMW will sell you an even meaner version called the Competition. That one, which should hit North American showrooms sometime this summer, pumps things up to 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, adds xDrive all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration from 0-60 mph for the Competition models is achieved in 3.6 seconds, making them the fastest M3/M4 in history. 

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Horsepower: 503 hp at 6,250 rpm

Torque: 479 lb-ft of torque between 2,750 and 5,500 rpm

Top Speed: 250 km/h or 290 km/h

Available models include: rear-wheel drive, manual-transmission M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe; rear-wheel drive, automatic transmission M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe


Add to that an all-new drift analyzer feature that measures the quality and lengths of your drifts and it’s fair to say that BMW knows precisely what enthusiasts want. We’re definitely looking forward to driving these mean German sports cars. Pricing kicks off at $69,900 ($83,300 CAN) for the M3 and $71,800 ($85,100 CAD) for the M4.  

Interior and exterior 2021 BMW M3 Competition Sedan & BMW M4 Competition Coupé pictures

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William Clavey
Automotive journalist from Montreal, William is passionate about anything on four wheels. See his work in various outlets including Jalopnik, DriveTribe, TTAC, TractionLife, and others.