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2021 BMW M3 & M4 Slick M Performance Options

Say what you will about the new M-cars' looks, but BMW steps up big with a power bump, manual trans, RWD and now optional styling goods.

Nick Yekikian
Sep 25, 2020
Editor: Rodrez Photographer: Manufacturer

Rodrez: Ok, ok, everyone just sit down, take it easy, you all had plenty of time to roast the front end of the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 this week. Sure, its face almost comically follows suit with the numerous memes that confirm the automobile industry's absolute mission to increase grill sizes year-over-year like some sort of evil genius' masterplan.

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Nevertheless, this dynamic duo is on the way, and if you can get past the trolling commentary and dig into their TwinPower turbo inline-6 awesomeness, backed by 473hp and over 400-lbs.-ft. of torque, you might be inclined to accept the "unique" front fascia. Besides, it's RWD and uses one of those old-school shifter doohickeys that have become all but obsolete these days. And now, just a few days after the unveil, the M Performance goods are already being teased.

Nick Yekikian: To say the looks of the new 2021 BMW M3 and its coupe sibling, the M4, are polarizing would be an understatement. The newest version of the iconic sports sedan features a schnoz that's more akin to a pair of funky buck-teeth. It's truly a tough face to love. The way the new M cars drive is going to be more important than the way either looks, but because we haven't had the chance to get behind the wheel yet, all we can do is gaze on—wide-eyed and drop-jawed.

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But if you think the looks of the M3 and M4 need even more fiddling with, BMW will happily sell you a set of performance parts that take the models' looks to a whole new level. There is a slew of visual upgrades available—if you're comfortable with calling them that. Carbon-fiber front canards, door sills, and mirror caps are just the start, as there's also a carbon fiber diffuser, swan-neck rear wing, and front splitter.

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The diffuser is especially baffling, as it complements a titanium exhaust with quad tailpipes arranged in a completely nonsensical—and almost triangular—arrangement.

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There are three different wheel options, with sizes ranging from 19- to 21-inches. The 19s are available in gloss black, the 20s in gunmetal gray, and the 21s in either black or bronze.

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Additional enhancements include performance brake pads and a set of coilovers that lower the car an extra 0.4 inch compared to the normal M3. But the crazy doesn't stop on the outside, as M3 and M4 buyers can also spec M Performance floor mats and an M Performance Pro steering wheel that's wrapped in Alcantara. If the carbon fiber exterior bits aren't enough for you, then BMW will also trim the interior panels in the stuff. Spec all this extra kit and you'll no doubt have the most extreme, and fully warrantied, version of the M3 or M4, both of which go on sale in March 2021. Let's just hope it drives better than it looks.

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