BMW M3, M4 getting Competition Packageby Ronan Glon
The Competition Package could bump the straight-six's output to 455 horsepower.
Frank Van Meel, the CEO of BMW's M division, has revealed the Munich-based car maker is developing a Competition Package for the M3, the M4, and the M4 Cabriolet.
Aimed at buyers who want to hit the track, the Competition Package will bring a long list of speed- and handling-focused features. Notably, it will include a lower and stiffer track-tuned suspension with new springs and bigger sway bars, model-specific alloy wheels, and a sport exhaust system with new tips.
BMW will also make a few mechanical modifications in order to squeeze more power out of the M3/M4's turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine. Technical details haven't been provided yet, but WorldCarFans speculates the Competition Package will add about 30 ponies to the mill's 425-horsepower output. The extra grunt will allow a M3 equipped with the Competition Package to reach 60 mph from a stop in less than 3.9 seconds when equipped with a dual-clutch transmission.
The Competition Package for the BMW M3, M4, and M4 Cabriolet will be introduced in March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered as an option on the 2017 models, but we'll have to wait a few months to see how much it will cost.
Photos by Drew Johnson.