In the Spotlight – BMW M4 Competition Package {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

23 Feb 2018

When BMW released the M4 it was widely applauded for being a thrilling driver’s car but it was, how to put this…. a handful to drive. It certainly wasn’t the car for the inexperienced, with a somewhat ‘snappy’ nature when driving fast, meaning that it would snap into oversteer without much warning and wouldn’t exactly be easy to catch either. This was down to the suspension setup and damping mainly, so it was no surprise when in 2016 BMW released the M4 Competition Pack, which aimed to right the wrongs of the standard car and a lot more besides.

So to start with let’s look at the engine. The 3.0 litre twin turbocharged straight-six gets a 19bhp boost over the standard car to 444bhp, while torque remains the same. Not a huge gain, but enough to shave a tenth of a second off the 0-62mph time. The way it delivers that power has been tweaked too so that the power (and more importantly torque) is more linear and there is almost zero lag. The 7-speed M-DCT dual clutch gearbox has had some software updates to be slightly faster-shifting as well, though there were few critics of it before and I'd go with the standard-fit 6-speed manual gearbox too as it's a real gem. As with the normal M4 power goes just to the rear wheels, but now there’s a standard Active M Differential, which has been re-tuned to improve traction. There’s a standard-fit sports exhaust system now too, which adds a bit of aural excitement, though in the cabin the sound is still dominated by the augmented noise played through the speakers (which I hate). It sounds great outside though.

The real changes are to the suspension though. There are new springs with an increase spring rate, newly tuned adaptive dampers and redesigned anti-roll bars (so, most of it then!). These link to new 20-inch alloy wheels which mimic the GTS’s wheel design which weigh less than the standard 19-inch items of old and are a lot more rigid. They are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres on which the whole suspension setup has been calibrated – there aren’t any wheel/tyre options on the Competition Pack so BMW was able to fine-tune everything and it really shows. The whole car is now far more controlled than before, with everything feeling more taught and firm (the payoff being a slightly less comfy ride but we can forgive that) which translates to the car being more progressive when it does ‘let go’. It will now thread between a series of left-right corners smoothly without getting out of shape which is great news for drivers.

Visually the M4 Competition Pack gets the aforementioned new wheels, sits a smidge lower and has what BMW calls the ‘Shadowline Exterior Pack’ which means all the exterior chrome is now painted gloss black. That actually makes one of the biggest differences to the exterior look of the M4 so is certainly a welcome addition. Inside there are standard-fitment lightweight sports seats which feature very cool cutouts in them and the seatbelts get M/// colours woven into them. Not huge changes but enough to lift the cabin enough. Given all the changes and additional spec the fact that the Competition Pack only costs £3000 more than the standard M4 makes you wonder why anyone orders the standard car any more!

As ever, I’ll add in a video to help show off the M4 Competition Packetition Package’s talents, this time ably demonstrated by the somewhat hirsute Henry Catchpole from Carfection:

But of course this week we’re not just giving you a car, you also get a holiday with each of our ITH cars and for the M4 Competition Pack it’s a trip to Ascari:

So that is the BMW M4 Competition Pack – you can only get this incredible car and holiday prize until midnight on Sunday so get some tickets here while you still can!

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