It’s a new year and a new start and BMW’s M-Division seems to think that potential owners looking to buy into the world tyre-smoking hooliganisms and shouty exhaust notes aren’t really getting their money’s worth when they cross their cheque for either an M3 or an M4 (convertible included) and so, the company has just announced that they will be introducing the Competition Package to the options list.
But isn’t an M3 or M4 already a hell of a thing out-of-the-box? To some that may suffice. But to others, it’s just the beginning. Different strokes. For those out there looking to have a little more ‘track-prep’ to their Bimmers, now is the time to rejoice. The Competition Package means that the power output takes a 19 hp hike to a grand total of 450 rampaging horses.
The extra power naturally means improved performance figures. The duo is now available with an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission that will sprint it from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds. But oddly enough, the sprint time for models with the standard six-speed manual is 0.1 seconds faster in all cases than without the package, BMW claims.
The Competition Package also includes the brand’s Adaptive M Suspension, which has been specifically tuned to manage the increased performance and handling upgrades. The suspension features new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. The standard Active M Differential on the rear axle and DSC Dynamic Stability Control have likewise been reconfigured to match the uprated hot bits that’s been kitted.
Included also in the pack, are the M-Sports exhaust system complete with black chrome tailpipes. Even more than its good looks, the most distinctive feature of the M sports exhaust system is its potent sound, starting rumble and the distinctive burble on overrun never fails to get under the skin of ardent Bimmer fans time and time again.
Aesthetically speaking, aside from the forged, machine-polished, weight- and rigidity-optimised 20-inch M alloy wheels (fronts 265/30 R20, rears 285/30 R20), not much else is included in the pack. Substance over style, we reckon.