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BMW M3, M4 get 19-hp bump from new Competition Package

by Ronan Glon

The Competition Package will go on sale in the spring.

BMW has introduced a Competition Package for the M3, the M4, and the M4 Convertible.

Aimed at buyers who want to hit the track, the Competition Package brings a long list of speed- and handling-focused improvements. Notably, it includes an Adaptive M Suspension with new springs, bigger sway bars, and three re-configured driving modes called Comfort, Sport, and Sport +, respectively. The differential and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system have also been revised.

BMW made a few modifications to the M3/M4's turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine. The six-banger now generates 444 horsepower -- 19 more than the stock model -- at 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque from 1,850 to 5,500 rpm. The bump in power sends the M3 and the M4 coupe from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds flat when they're equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the M4 Convertible performs the same task in 4.1 seconds. All models are 0.1 seconds faster than before.

Visually, cars equipped with the Competition Package stand out thanks to high-gloss Shadow Line trim designed by BMW Individual, 20-inch alloy wheels with M-shaped spokes, and a sport exhaust system with black chrome tail pipes. Finally, the coupe and sedan models gain sport seats for the front passengers.

The Competition Package for the BMW M3, M4, and M4 Convertible will go on sale in the spring. We'll have to wait a few months to find out how much it costs.

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