Early this morning BMW announced a raft of updates for its 2024 MY range, key among them being an updated and even more powerful M4 Competition. With peak power increased by 20 bhp, the twin-turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine now delivers 530 bhp at 6,250 rpm. The torque output remains the same at 650 nm, however, it is produced across a wider rpm range - from 2,750 to 5,730 rpm.
As a result, performance is slightly improved. The M4 Competition Coupé accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the M4 Competition Convertible takes 3.7 seconds to reach the benchmark. As always, top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, although this can be increased to 174 mph (Coupé) or 180 mph (Convertible) when the optional M Driver’s Package is selected.
The 2024 model year car is identified via refreshed design features, including new headlights, laser taillights, and M-forged alloy wheels (19” wheels at the front and 20” at the rear) in a distinctive silver hue. The interior features a newly designed steering wheel and interior trims with the latest infotainment technology with the introduction of BMW Operating System 8.5. Further customisation of the external appearance is available through optional M design graphics for the bonnet and the rear boot lid. Alcantara will also be offered as an option on the steering wheel for the first time.
BMW has made no mention of any chassis or calibration changes, with the switchable rear-biassed 4WD system and fully variable Active M differential remaining the default choice for the UK market. The default 4WD and selectable 4WD Sport modes are retained, in which a greater percentage of torque is directed to the rear axle. When DSC is deactivated, 2WD mode becomes available for sole transmission of power to the rear wheels. The rear-wheel drive M4 will now be discontinued, and the only available transmission is the 8-speed automatic.
Production begins in March 2024, with the first customer deliveries in April. The revised M4 will see a price hike to £84,250 for the M4 Competition xDrive, with the Convertible priced from £88,255. The M3 saloon and touring will also likely receive the same tweaks at some point in the near future, although BMW is yet to confirm.
The 4-series coupe range has also undergone a similar raft of cosmetic changes and technology upgrades - although there are no power hikes, with the M440i producing the same 374hp and 369 lb-ft. The range starts at £43,020 for the 420i Coupe with an M440i xDrive setting you back £58,735.