While few would argue that the BMW M3 and M4 lack sporting verve, the 317kW pair can’t quite match the screaming 375kW offered by the Mercedes-AMG C63. Thanks to the newly announced Competition Package however, the gap has been narrowed.
Available for the M3 sedan and M4 coupe and convertible, the Competition Package adds engine and handling upgrades to bridge the gap between the regular M3 and M4, and the track-focussed M4 GTS.
Power is bumped from the standard 317kW to 331kW dropping 0-100km/h sprint times by 0.1 seconds across the board, meaning the M3 and M4 coupe now take just 4.0 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed M DCT transmission.
Other Competition Package upgrades include specifically-tuned Adaptive M Suspension with unique springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. Calibration of the driving modes, the standard Active M Differential, and the stability control system have also been enhanced.
Taking another leaf from the M4 GTS playbook, the forged alloy wheels adopt the mesh look of the GTS, measuring 20x9.0 inches up front and 20x10.0 inches at the rear wrapped in 265/30 R 20 and 285/30 R20 tyres.
The variable M sports exhaust gains black tips giving the system a distinctive look to match its menacing sound. High-gloss black also adorns the window trims, exterior mirror frames, side gills, rear badging, and the kidney grille.
Interior upgrades see lightweight M sports seats added, capped off with seat belts woven with the M stripe.
UPDATE: At this stage BMW Australia is waiting for official confirmation of the Performance Package, but BMW's general manager of corporate communications, Lenore Fletcher, assured TMR that the company is workking to offer the vehicles to the Australian market.
"Given Australia’s love of performance vehicles, we would love to see these vehicles here." Ms Fletcher said.
"We will do our very best to deliver these to our Australian customers, as we think it would be a fantastic addition to our Aussie line-up."
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