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BMW M3, M4 Add Competition Package with Extra Power, Chassis Tweaks

Turbo six-cylinder bumped up to 444 hp.

A new upgrade package is taking the BMW M3 and M4 into an even higher echelon of performance. The new Competition Package adds extra power, a retuned chassis, larger wheels and tires, and a few visual tweaks inside and out.

BMW is offering the Competition Package for all versions of the M3 and M4, including sedan, coupe, and convertible. The extra 19 hp (for a total of 444 hp) from the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six engine results in a 0.1 second drop in 0-60 mph times across the board, down to 3.8 seconds for the M3 sedan and M4 coupe with dual-clutch transmission (the heavier M4 convertible does the deed in 4.1 seconds). A six-speed manual is still offered.

Chassis changes include a standard adaptive suspension that has reconfigured driving modes and new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. The tires are wider front and rear, and wrap around 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels. A bit of extra visual amperage comes from high-gloss black trim pieces around the exterior, while a sports exhaust adds some auditory drama. The interior also benefits from sports seats.

So, what’s the cost for the Competition Package’s extra performance? A fairly reasonable $5,500 for the sedan and coupe, or $5,000 for the convertible. If it strikes your fancy, look for the upgrade to be available starting this spring.