The chase for perfection is never ending, BMW providing the latest example with the updates for the 2022 versions of the M3 and M4 Competition models.
Just in time to enjoy the end of summer, the newest M3 sedan and M4 coupe will arrive in the U.S. outfitted with the new M xDrive, ensuring that all of that massive torque finds its way to the wheels during takeoff and hard driving.
The M3 and M4 underwent major remakes for the 2021 model year, including shifts to turbocharged inline-6 engines. Also the Bavarian automaker offered Competition models improving the grip and handling with the shift from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive.
Now the vehicles benefit from the functionality of the M xDrive, which is normally a rear-biased set up. However, it relies on electronics to distribute the 479 pound-feet of torque (to go with 503 horsepower) the two cars enjoy more equitably between the front and rear wheels.
Dynamic Stability Control System
In normal conditions, the 2022 models behave like the classic rear-wheel drive car with BMW’s Active M differential handling the distribution, but when the conditions change and slippage is detected, some of that power is diverted to the front wheels to ensure road grip and control.
The luxury brand’s Dynamic Stability Control System provides a quicker response time for the M xDrive and Active M differential. Faster response times means improved agility and controlling both understeer and oversteer.
The transfer case also features a unique control unit and integrated traction control, BMW noted, helping 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.
Just a little faster
The bottom line is that the new technology means the limit that drivers can push their 2022 models is further out. Not only are cornering and other performance maneuvers tighter and quicker, the cars are faster in a straight line too.
The BMW M3 Competition xDrive sedan and BMW M4 Competition xDrive coupe need just 3.4 seconds to get to 60 mph, which is 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 new Competition models get 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, shod with 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-runflat performance tires. Of course, new technology means redesigned front axle geometry and a retuned steering ratio — from 15.0:1 to 14.6:1 — making certain the all-wheel-drive variants are as nimble and responsive as the company claims. Additionally, the oil system has been adapted to handle the increased traction and performance.
Other than that, not too much has changed from the 2021 models that received the big updates last fall. The new models are expected to arrive in August. Buyers wanting the M3 Competition xDrive sedan will need to write a check — or perhaps transfer Bitcoin — for $76,900 or $78,800 for the M4 version. They’ll also need to add an additional $995 for destination and delivery fees.