AWD goodness: 2022 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive revealed

The four-wheel drive variants of the German saloon have some seriously good specs

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The all-new BMW M3 and M4 have got the xDrive treatment for the first time in its 35 year history. For those of you who don't know, the xDrive variants you see here are the four wheel drive version of the M3 and M4.

But the four wheel drive isn't the main party piece. The xDrive M3 and M4 have some very juicy specs. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, the xDrive M3 can do 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds - a whopping 0.4 seconds quicker than the rear-wheel-drive models.

We are told that the all-wheel drive system is very rear-biased “in classic M style”. In normal mode the car will be rear wheel drive. It is in sport mode that power is fed to all four wheels.

The xDrive cars will have an active M diff and stability control which makes driving fun according to BMW. Other features include suspension geometry, new steering wheel ratio, and a a new engine oil supply system.

Another major attraction is the new control unit and wheel-slip limitation function which enhances handling and performance and enables “powering through corners in a controlled drift”. Nice.

The xDrive M3 will set you back £77,000 and M4 will cost £78,000.

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Comments (15)

  • Awesome, but they are digitalising too many things with these cars. Plus those looks... I'd have a Giulia Quadrifoglio thank you very much.

      1 month ago
  • AWD! First it was M5, now it's M3 and M4 turn! WHY, BMW AG, JUST EXPLAIN WHY!

      1 month ago
    • What's wrong with AWD? Also, these systems are very rear-biased so not all the time power is fed to all four wheels

        1 month ago
    • It's easy to explain why, most people for some reason enjoys nice numbers on stat papers and also probably loves traffic light drag races or at least enjoy watching them on YouTube, 4wd does both better than rwd, and thus due to "demand" they...

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        1 month ago
  • This feels illegal, so I’d take mine RWD

      1 month ago
  • Lovely article but I really hated the "here's what YOU NEED TO KNOW " Part. I know it's an attention grabbing trick used my all press media etc but it sucks. It's like telling people they are dumb upfront somehow.

      1 month ago
    • Thanks 🙏 Also, I said ‘for those of you who don’t know’ letting people know what xDrive means in BMW’s book 😊

        1 month ago
  • The M4 now comes with manual transmission. For those of you who don't know!!!

      1 month ago