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BMW M3 and M4 Competition are faster with all-wheel drive

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With all-wheel drive, BMW says the M3 and M4 Competition can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, being 0.4 seconds faster than their RWD counterparts. This is despite the ´AWD´ (all-wheel drive) cars carrying over 100 kilos of weight.

Like other BMW all-wheel-drive M cars, the standard M3 and M4, rear-wheel drive during normal driving, will feature a torque vector with power in the rear differential from side to side, and the xDrive system can send power to the front axle, if necessary.

The 4WD Sport mode maintains a stronger rear ‘bias’ when distributing power, and we can lock the M3 and M4 in a 2WD mode only on the rear axle – but only when the stability control system is switched off. (In other words, it’s Drift Mode).

All-wheel drive is only available with the more powerful M3 Competition and M4 Competition variants. This means that it has the most powerful version of BMW’s 3.0-liter 3.0-liter I6 with 503 hp and 479 feet of torque. This of course, because the AWD models are only ´Competition´, it means that they are also automatic.

BMW M3 and M4 Competition are faster with all wheel drive

If you were expecting an AWD M3 / M4 with a six-speed manual transmission, this is nothing but sad news for you. The all-wheel drive M3 and M4 are available in the same colors and options as the RWD Competition models, but xDrive itself is a relatively expensive upgrade.

The starting prices for the M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive are $ 77,895 (about € 64,724) and $ 79,795 (about € 66,302), respectively, including $ 995 (about € 827) for destination. This makes AWD models $ 4,100 (about € 3,407) more expensive than their rear-wheel brothers. Performance always comes at a price.

BMW’s xDrive technology is a $ 4,100 upgrade (about € 3,407) to Competitor models. Meanwhile, sales of the new bmw M3 sedan and M4 coupe are underway. The standard and Competition models are only available with rear-wheel drive now, but if you are waiting for an all-wheel drive option, you won’t have to wait much longer. BMW confirmed the details of the new M3 and M4 xDrive models on Sunday, and both will go on sale in August.

Source: CNET

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