All-wheel drive systems are present in many of today’s high-performance cars for a good reason: Modern powertrains often produce more low-end torque than two-wheel drive can efficiently utilize. Although cleaners may disapprove of the trend toward AWD because they are exhausting some of the fun of trying to tame an extremely powerful vehicle, some results — such as the 2.8 seconds it takes for the BMW M4 Competition 2022 to reach 60 mph —They talk about themselves.
Now, we have not yet tested an M4 Competition without the recent $ 4100 xDrive add-on, so we can not make a direct comparison. But we have tested a rear-wheel drive M3 Competition sedan, which is mechanically and structurally close enough to its sibling coupe to make some accurate comparisons (it also wins an xDrive option for 2022). This car took about 3.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, despite the fact that both competing models had the same 503 hp power as BMW’s 3.9-liter inline-six twin-turbo, which delivers 479 pounds. feet of torque only at 2750 rpm. They also feature the same brilliant ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and high-end chassis systems. On the M3, the step up in the Competition automatic investment from the 473-horsepower base car with manual six-speed manual adds 31 pounds to its absolute weight, bringing it to 3820 pounds. Our four-wheel drive M4 test car weighed another 84 kilograms to weigh 3904 — not light, but not exactly bulky in a world of almost two-ton Ferraris.
On the test track, the xDrive-equipped M4 ran a quarter mile in 11.0 seconds at 125 mph. Although this trap speed is just 1 mph faster than the M3 Competition in reverse, the M4 is 0.6 seconds ahead when the lights come on. In fact, the M4 already has half a second to the M3 at 30 mph, which shows the advantage of the all-wheel drive system when using the launch-control function of the Competition model. In contrast, both cars are around even when accelerating from 5 to 60 mph, the AWD M4 takes 4.4 seconds from the 4.5 of the RWD M3. For reference, the basic M4 with manual, only for rear-wheel drive, reaches 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and covers a quarter of a mile in 12.1 seconds at 118 mph.
With the M3 and M4 Competition models having the same carbon-ceramic brakes and steering wheels 19 inches front and 20 inches rear with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, the xDrive 1.02 g slip traction coupe and stand of 150-70 feet mph are almost identical to the results of the rear-wheel drive sedan. Likewise, the shared electronically controlled limited-slip rear differentials combined with the default rear-wheel drive bias of the BMW xDrive variable system mean they follow the road essentially the same way — up to their rigid ride quality even with adjustable Comfort adjustable dampers . Based on the decent average fuel economy of our test car (22 mpg) and the impressive 29 mpg result on our 75 mpg freeway — 7 mpg better than the EPA estimate — the xDrive upgrade does not seem to significantly reduce its performance M4 Competition.
As with other four-wheel drive M models, the M4 system has a 4WD Sport function that sends more torque to the rear axle. But you’ll probably need to push the car to its limits on a track to notice a big difference between the drivetrain settings and how well they offset the extra weight that xDrive puts on the M4 ‘s nose. Any character change from xDrive’s slightly faster steering ratio —14.6: 1 vs. 15.0: 1 — escaped us. All-wheel drive can boost the overall traction and stability of the M4, but it does not change the exact, if it is somewhat silent feeling behind the wheel. For a maximum smile, turn off the M4 Stability Control completely and switch to 2WD mode to turn it into a rear driver tire.
We were not too bothered by the $ 101,995 price of our example as tested, as we could live without many of its more expensive options, including the $ 8150 ceramic brakes and the $ 3800 for the skeletal but extremely supportive M carbon seats. Starting at $ 79,995, the M4 Competition xDrive is part of the C8 Chevy Corvette Z51 as one of the rare machines under $ 100,000 to reach our club in less than three seconds to 60 mph. As with our long-term M3, we still prefer the greater engagement of the standard M4 and its manual transmission. But there is no doubt that all-wheel drive detracts the most from the extra power of the Competition model.
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