The BMW M3 has always been one of the most desirable models to ever come out of Munich. Since the M Division released the first M3 back in 1985, car enthusiasts the world over have wanted a taste of this compact that offered the driving thrills of a proper sports car, yet could still be used for the everyday commute. After more than 30 years, BMW once again ups the ante with the Competition Package for the M3/M4 line.
The Competition Package begins with a more individual look that sets the car apart from the “ordinary” M3 and M4. High-gloss black trim and accents--called Shadow Line by BMW--have been added to the car. Places like the window lines and recesses, the door mirrors, the kidney grille and the side gills receive the blacked-out treatment. Even the sporty exhaust pipes get ebony-effect chrome. And according to BMW, the look is matched by a throatier burble. The unique touches are capped off by a model badge on the rear end.
The outer looks are matched by a pair of supportive seats that hold the driver and the passenger in place. These lightweight chairs claim to offer the utmost comfort on long drives. And occupants will be held firmly in place on the twisties and other driving situations by specially designed seatbelts with BMW M stripes.
But the real treat for any BMW M Performance buyer is what’s under the hood. In this case, a tweaked version of the 3.0-liter TwinPower twin-turbo V6 that increases output by some 19hp to 450hp, and torque to 550Nm. This pays off in a faster 0-100kph time of four seconds for the M3/M4 Coupe, and 4.3 ticks for the M4 Convertible. That’s 0.1 second quicker than in the regular car when equipped with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
All that power is handled by a revised Adaptive M Suspension system. The uprated springs, roll bars and dampers help give the car better handling and ride comfort. Moreover, the three available driving modes of Comfort, Sport and Sport+ have likewise been retuned, along with the active rear M Differential and dynamic stability control, for improved performance. Finally, a lighter set of polished 20-inch alloy wheels sized 9Jx20 up front and 10Jx20 in the back complete the awesome upgrade. These rims are wrapped in thick and grippy 265/30 and 285/30 rubber front and rear, respectively.
More power, great looks and some really cool accessories all straight from the factory. With the Competition Package, what more can you ask for?