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BMW M3 Competition Gets More Serious About Competition

BMW has unveiled significant updates to the M3 Competition, including a refreshed design and a power boost. The M3 Competition Touring, also receiving the same upgrades, is now available for global markets. Let's explore the key changes in this high-performance duo.

Exterior Evolution

The revised look might not win over those who disliked the previous design, particularly the prominent kidney grilles. However, some, like myself, have grown accustomed to this signature element, at least only on the M cars. New vertical, arrow-shaped DRLs sharpen the overall aesthetic, while redesigned headlights combine high and low beams into a single unit. The standard wheel configuration features 18 inches at the front and 19 inches at the rear. The xDrive version upgrades to a more aggressive stance with 20 and 21-inch wheels front and rear, respectively. All wheels boast a new alloy design. Apart from these enhancements, the exterior revisions are relatively subtle.

Interior Transformation

Inside, the new M3 Competitions receive a flat-bottom steering wheel, a welcome addition. Unfortunately, BMW has opted for a minimalist approach, reducing the number of physical buttons. The focal point of the interior is undoubtedly the curved display system, creating the illusion of a single, tall unit. This comprises a 12.3-inch driver's instrument cluster seamlessly integrated with a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. The operating system receives an upgrade to the latest iDrive OS 8.5. Additionally, customers can opt for luxurious carbon fiber bucket seats.

Performance Powerhouse

The 2025 BMW M3 Competition truly shines with its enhanced engine performance. Sharing the heart of the M4 GT3 racing car, the M3 Competition boasts a power increase from 510 hp to 530 hp. This translates to an additional 20 hp unleashed at 6,250 rpm, while the peak torque of 650 Nm remains the same, delivered across a broader range of 2,750 to 5,730 rpm. This power surge is attributed to a new digital engine control unit, optimizing the performance of the 3.0L twin power turbocharged six-cylinder engine with Valvetronic variable valve timing.

While the 0-100 kmph acceleration remains unchanged, both the M3 Competition Saloon and Touring achieve a 0.5-second improvement in the 0-200 kmph sprint. The saloon rockets from 0-200 kmph in a blistering 11.8 seconds, while the Touring accomplishes the feat in 12.8 seconds. This impressive feat is made possible by the all-wheel-drive system, which can be deactivated for a more rear-wheel-drive experience. To further elevate the driving experience, the M Drift Analyzer scores your drifting prowess. The top speed is electronically limited to 249 kmph, but the optional M Driver's Package increases this to 290 kmph. Stopping power comes courtesy of six-piston fixed calipers at the front and six-piston floating calipers at the rear. Carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.

TopGear Magazine July 2024