M fans, the new M3 and its coupe sibling are here!
The teaser reveals a lot about how these cars would look.
You are on a lookout for a sports car but find that it is awfully expensive and has no seats at the back. You want uncompromising levels of thrill and all you can afford is an entry-level performance machine. What are the first cars that you might think? For most, the roster will have the name M3 at the zenith because it has been the most famed car in this segment for so many years. It delivers on the promise of providing unrestrained joy of driving and with the availability of a 4-door layout, it is also practical as a family hauler.
For 2021, BMW has finally given us a first taste of the M3 and its sibling with a coupe silhouette, the M4 Competition. The teaser images reveal a new green shade and a lot of the exterior and the interior. If you haven't taken a look at the spy shots and renders that kept coming all this while, it's time you take a look at those as these cars revealed through the hazy images do mirror those from certain angles.
Similar to the 4-Series, the M3 also gets a massive grille with a plethora of horizontal slats. There is the obvious M3 baging on the grille which comes finished in gloss black to make it stand out vis-a-vis the standard 3-Series. The headlamps too, have been borrowed from the 4-Series Coupe and look dainty with its blue inserts. The bumper also gets congruous honeycomb pattern and a slip of chrome to make the car look posh. The teaser images also exploit the black forged aluminium wheels which cover humongous yellow brake callipers. To enhance its track mettle, the car also comes bestowed with sleek side skirts that are swathed in gloss black. The only grouse I have is that they look too out of place and some finicky people might show some level of repugnance for it. The rear is where the changes are more pronounced. For instance, the M3 and the M4, both get dual-exhausts on both sides to accentuate its sporty claims. These have been wrapped in an enormous diffuser kit, the biggest noteworthy feature on the outside. The taillights have received minor tweaks with a different LED pattern.
Here comes the biggest surprise and one that is likely to elevate your mood in case you aren't gleeful with automatic transmissions. Both these cars get manual transmissions! You're reading and seeing it right. It seems a renaissance of manual transmissions awaits us. A 6-speed manual transmission is likely to be the novelty here until BMW gets elliptical on sharing the images of the interior. However, what I can claim will make its way to both these cars is bucket seats that have been shown in orange and blue shades. We can expect an array of colours for the seats.
BMW hasn't said anything about the powertrain options but we can expect a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 as the sole mill with about 450 hp and 600 Nm of torque. While it hasn't been confirmed, there's no business case for not offering an automatic transmission option which I suspect, is likely going to be an 8-speed automatic channeling power to either the rear wheels or all.
What do you think about the new M3 and the M4 Competition? Does the availability of a manual gearbox act as a deal maker for you?