Externally, attention is drawn to the vertical radiator grille, which mimics the shapes of the kidneys, and the impressive wheel housings and air intakes.

The power packs are not immediately available, but the M3 Sedan, M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Coupé and M4 Competition Coupé models will go on sale later this year.

Instead, the xDrive all-wheel drive versions of the M Competition models will arrive in summer 2021.

The car tax price for the new M3 series starts at 130,631 euros. Photo: Daniel Kraus

The five-seater Sedan and four-seater Coupé are powered by a six-cylinder engine (353 kW / 480 hp) using BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The M3 and M4 models have a six-speed manual transmission.

The power of the Competition model has been increased to 375 kW / 510 hp.

For the first time, the xDrive all-wheel drive is also available for Competition models.

The four-wheel drive xDrive models can use 4WD and 4WD Sport driving modes, the latter controlling more torque on the rear wheels.

The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupé have a maximum torque of 550 newton meters and are available over a wide rev range (2,650 to 6,130 rpm).

The maximum torque range of 650 newton meters on the Competition models is also wide, ie 2,750 to 5,500 rpm.

The starts are brisk, with the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupé accelerating from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.2 seconds and the Competition models in 3.9 seconds.

The cars are equipped with an all-new M Drive Professional driving mode, which is specially designed for the racetrack.

It includes a ten-stage adjustable M Traction Control, M Drift Analyzer for driving analysis and M Laptimer for timing.

The combined consumption of the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupé is 10.8 l / 100 km and the combined CO2 emissions are 248 g / km.

The combined consumption of the competition models is 10.2 l / 100 km * and the combined CO2 emissions are 234 g / km.

BMW emphasizes that the above-mentioned emission and consumption figures as well as the operating distance have been calculated according to the new WLTP test cycle and adjusted to NEDC for comparability, depending on the particular tire choice.

Taxes based on CO2 emissions and other vehicle-specific charges may be based on figures other than those published above.