• BMW just unveiled the brand-new 2021 M3 and M4.
  • In Competition guise, the cars make 503 horsepower.
  • You can get the non-Competition models with a six-speed manual, though.
  • BMW will launch the M3 and M4 in March 2021 with a starting price of $69,900 for the M3 sedan and $71,800 for the M4 coupe.
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First things first. Yes, the new M3 and M4 wear the big grille. Much like death or taxes, the big grille — this diptych of doom — is inescapable. But, hopefully, the high-horsepower engines and option for a six-speed manual make an attractive enough trade-off for you to get into BMW’s latest rides, unveiled on Tuesday.

As a quick recap, the M3 was historically the performance-version of the 3 Series. It came as a coupe, convertible, or sedan. Then BMW sectioned off the 3 Series coupe to become the 4 Series. So now we have the M3 and M4. 

The new M3 and M4 mark the current sixth generation of the 3 Series, internally called the G80 and the G82 for the 4 Series. (More numbers were, obviously, necessary.) More importantly, both use BMW’s 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six engine that produces 473 horsepower in the regular models and 503 horsepower in the higher-performance Competition models, according to a company press release.

The M3 sedan will start at $69,900 and the M3 Competition sedan will start at $72,800. The M4 coupe will start at $74,700 and the M4 Competition coupe will start at $74,700. BMW also notes that a $995 destination fee will apply to all pricing.

The cars will be launched globally in March 2021. Keep reading to see them both.

BMW just unveiled its new 2021 M3 and M4 sports cars.

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2021 BMW M4.

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The M3 is the sedan version, the M4 the couple. They’re powered by the same engine.

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2021 BMW M4.

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That engine would be a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight-six.

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2021 BMW M4.

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It produces a claimed 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in regular guise.

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2021 BMW M4.

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For the sportier Competition models, BMW’s claimed output climbs to to 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

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2021 BMW M4.

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There are two screens: a 12.3-inch information display and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen.

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2021 BMW M4.

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The M3 sedan offers easier access to the rear seats, a draw for those who utilize the second row more.

2021 BMW M4_2

2021 BMW M4.

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M Sport seats have big side bolsters that help hold you in place under hard cornering.

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2021 BMW M4.

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On the Competition models, the quad-exhaust pipes are black chrome.

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2021 BMW M4.

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BMW says the giant front grille improves cooling for the engine.

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2021 BMW M4.

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The M4 coupe is the two-door version.

2021 BMW M34

2021 BMW M3.

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The M3 used to be both a two- and four-door model, but a few years ago BMW turned the 3 Series coupe into the 4 Series. So here we are.

2021 BMW M35

2021 BMW M3.

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If you put the car into Sport or Sport+ mode, the exhaust note will get louder.

2021 BMW M31

2021 BMW M3.

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Four cars will be available at the global launch next March.

2021 BMW M33

2021 BMW M3.

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They will include the rear-wheel drive M3 and M4, mated to six-speed manual transmissions (!).

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2021 BMW M3.

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And the M3 and M4 Competition editions with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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2021 BMW M3.

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By the way, just LOOK AT this interior.

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2021 BMW M3.

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Next summer will bring the xDrive all-wheel drive Competition models.

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2021 BMW M3.

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The M3 sedan will start at $69,900. The M3 Competition sedan will start at $72,800.

2021 BMW M3 and M4_2

2021 BMW M3 and M4.

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The M4 coupe will start at $71,800. The M4 Competition coupe will start at $74,700.

2021 BMW M37

2021 BMW M3.

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BMW reminds us to apply the $995 destination fee to all prices.

2021 BMW M38

2021 BMW M3.

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And as my parting gift to you, here’s another look at that GIANT GRILLE. You can’t look away, can you?

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2021 BMW M3.

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