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2021 BMW M4 Lands Directly Into Mustang Shelby Territory

BMW just unveiled the newest iteration of its ultra high-performance compact cars – the 2021 BMW M4 and its sedan counterpart, the M3. The M4, in particular, lands squarely in the same realm as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The German automaker is quite proud of its new creations, touting the M3 Sedan’s “iconic design” and “unprecedented level of sportiness”, while stating that the M4 Coupe is “built for blood-pumping performance.”

2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition

The new M4 and M3 are both powered by the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine making 473 horsepower, and both are priced to start around the $70,000 mark. More importantly, both cars are still going to be available with a six-speed manual transmission, while an eight-speed automatic transmission will be optional. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive – a first for the M3 and M4 – is optional.

BMW is also offering even higher performance variants of both cars with Competition models, which boost horsepower of the same engine to 503 horsepower.

2021 BMW M4 Competition

Weight has long been a weakness for BMW’s compact performance machines, and the Bavarian automaker has worked to fix this issue with new lightweight alloy wheels and newly-developed aluminum front wishbones for the suspension. However, the result is not stellar, with the lightest version of the 2021 BMW M4 and M3 weighing in at a portly 3,840 pounds – a gain of 200 pounds compared to the last-generation M4.

2021 BMW M3 Competition

That brings us to the elephant in the room – the exterior design. BMW has taken a “heritage” approach to its kidney grille that results in a taller design like the classic 2002. Unfortunately the result is a pair of giant, somewhat deformed nostrils that – arguably – spoil the entire front of the car. Thankfully the profile and rear-end look sculpted and muscular in that special BMW fashion.

2021 BMW M3 Competition

BMW has also improved the interior of the new M3 and M4, where vast swaths of leather, metal and carbon fiber meld with high-resolution screens and modern technologies to create a cockpit that’s futuristic and rather handsome.

2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition

Given that we are, after all, Ford Authority, we couldn’t go without mentioning that there is another pair of cars on sale today that deliver blood-pumping performance, iconic designs, and unprecedented levels of performance. We’re, of course, referring to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, as well as the Shelby GT350 and GT350R. Both of Ford’s ponies provide more power and more performance for a similar price.

In the case of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, the atmospheric 5.2L Voodoo V8 makes a healthy 526 horsepower, while the Shelby GT500 makes an astounding 760 horsepower from its supercharged 5.2L Predator V8.

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  1. Roy Chiles

    I like both cars BMW and GT500 but q wouldn’t cross shop the two, BMW is a luxury brand so if I want a Luxury HotRod I’d buy the Bimmer, if I want Pony / Muscle Car HotRod with Exotic levels of performance and sound it’s GT500

  2. Roy Chiles

    You wrote a book to say nothing, the only thing Mustang need 2B is Mustang. A EcoBoost V6 is not a Lightning let’s please be clear about that, all Lightning are V8 as are GT500 it’s the truck Version Of the Pony that has the SuperChargered 5.4 1st. BMW is a luxury brand FORD isn’t

  3. Roy Chiles

    There ain’t nothing going on that can’t be fixed quickly without writing a novel. You buying into what they want you to believe instead of the true facts, Every Luxury Flagship model has a V8 today

  4. Gary

    Well I remember the the car that everyone said looks like it was sucking on a lemon. That BMW looks like its sucking on two lemons.take the mustang all day long…😆

  5. V8 Victory

    There’s no way the V8 is going anywhere, anytime soon. Nothing like the torque, sound and power of the ford V8 line up. People can wish, dream, etc. I have owned several Mustangs in my lifetime, and all of them were V8 models. What Ford needs to do is simply keep making V8 motors that have increased mpgs. If they keep making them, people WILL keep buying them.


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