SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMC ACDC), the official distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, officially launches the all-new BMW M3 and M4. The high-performance version of the BMW 3 and 4 Series, these three (including the M5) cars represent the very core of what BMW M is all about.
The all-new new M3 and M4 flaunt BMW’s latest interpretation of its kidney grille, albeit a controversial one. Flanking it are a pair of adaptive LED headlights as standard, though LED units with laser high beams are available as an option. As we move towards the sides of these two cars, things get a lot more conventional. The wheel arches are wider compared to the standard 3 and 4 Series due to the wider track of these cars. Moving towards the rear, are also four large tailpipes, a rear diffuser, and red reflectors mounted at the sides of the rear bumper.
As with most BMW M cars, the roof of both cars is made out of carbon fiber. Those who want even more carbon fiber on the exterior of the M3 or M4 can opt for the M Carbon exterior package. This package adds a number of carbon fiber exterior parts such as a rear lip spoiler, mirrors, and rear diffuser.
The interior is largely the same as the standard BMW 3 and 4 Series, though BMW has added a number of details to make the interior feel more sporty. Some of these changes include an M sports steering wheel, red engine start/stop button, and Aluminum Tetragon interior trims. Buyers can also opt for a carbon fiber interior package, which can also be extended into the steering wheel.
As standard, the BMW M3 and M4 come with sports seats wrapped in fine-grain Merino Leather. The seats themselves also feature more aggressive bolstering as well as an illuminated M3 or M4 logo. As for the infotainment, BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen comes as standard, along with BMW’s 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional digital gauges and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Only one variant of the BMW M3 and M4 will be sold in the Philippines, and that is the Competition variant. With that in mind, its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 gasoline engine puts out 503 hp and 650 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 100 kph for borth models happens in just 3.8 seconds.
SMC ACDC is also offering an optional M Race Track Package. This package includes weight-minimized M forged wheels (available as an option with semi-slick tires) and the M Carbon bucket seats, bringing about a targeted reduction of around 25 kg in vehicle weight.
The BMW M3 Competition and M4 Competition are now available for pre-order at all BMW dealers nationwide. The M3 Competition starts at P9,590,000 before options, while the M4 Competition starts at P9,690,000 before options.