Following the successful launch of the latest BMW M3 and M4 Competition models locally, which were exclusively rear-wheel driven, the Bavarian marque is now adding another two variants to this high-performance duo in the form of the M3 and M4 Competition with M xDrive system.
Much like in the M5 Competition, the rear-wheel biased M xDrive system uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the transfer case for a smoothly adjustable, fully variable distribution of drive torque between the front and rear wheels.
Under the hood still beats the same 3.0-litre in-line six twin turbo charged petrol engine with 375 kW and 650 Nm, enabling the models to hurtle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds before hitting the limiter at 250 km/h (290 km/h with the optional M Performance Package).
Transmission is provided by the same eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.
When compared to their RWD counterparts, the all-wheel drive M3 and M4 Competition are 0.4 seconds quicker to 100 km/h, thanks to the new M xDrive system.
Accompanying the M xDrive system is Active M Differential and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
Both models ride on standard M 19-inch light-alloy wheels at the front axle and 20-inches at the back with 275/35 R19 and 285/30 R20 tyres respectively.
The rims feature a twin-spoke design with a Jet Black finish. Buyers have the option to fit specially designed track tyres with the same dimensions.
The all-wheel-drive models additionally benefit from a specially adapted version of the engine oil supply system designed to handle extremely dynamic performance.
There are three different power transmission modes; normal 4WD, 4WD Sport mode and 2WD mode. If the optional M Traction Control is fitted, traction can be finely adjusted through ten stages.
The new M xDrive M3 and M4 Competition models will join the local range before the end of the year, while the entrance of the M4 Convertible is also earmarked around the same time.