BMW's most iconic sports car wears a wild grille and starts at $69,900 — check out the brand-new M3

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BMW's most iconic sports car wears a wild grille and starts at $69,900 — check out the brand-new M3
  • BMW just unveiled the brand-new 2021 M3 and M4.
  • In Competition guise, the cars make 503 horsepower.
  • You can get the non-Competition models with a six-speed manual, though.
  • BMW will launch the M3 and M4 in March 2021 with a starting price of $69,900 for the M3 sedan and $71,800 for the M4 coupe.

First things first. Yes, the new M3 and M4 wear the big grille. Much like death or taxes, the big grille — this diptych of doom — is inescapable. But, hopefully, the high-horsepower engines and option for a six-speed manual make an attractive enough trade-off for you to get into BMW's latest rides, unveiled on Tuesday.

As a quick recap, the M3 was historically the performance-version of the 3 Series. It came as a coupe, convertible, or sedan. Then BMW sectioned off the 3 Series coupe to become the 4 Series. So now we have the M3 and M4.

The new M3 and M4 mark the current sixth generation of the 3 Series, internally called the G80 and the G82 for the 4 Series. (More numbers were, obviously, necessary.) More importantly, both use BMW's 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six engine that produces 473 horsepower in the regular models and 503 horsepower in the higher-performance Competition models, according to a company press release.

The M3 sedan will start at $69,900 and the M3 Competition sedan will start at $72,800. The M4 coupe will start at $74,700 and the M4 Competition coupe will start at $74,700. BMW also notes that a $995 destination fee will apply to all pricing.

The cars will be launched globally in March 2021. Keep reading to see them both.

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BMW just unveiled its new 2021 M3 and M4 sports cars.

BMW just unveiled its new 2021 M3 and M4 sports cars.
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The M3 is the sedan version, the M4 the couple. They're powered by the same engine.

The M3 is the sedan version, the M4 the couple. They're powered by the same engine.
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That engine would be a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight-six.

That engine would be a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight-six.
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It produces a claimed 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in regular guise.

It produces a claimed 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in regular guise.
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For the sportier Competition models, BMW's claimed output climbs to to 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

For the sportier Competition models, BMW's claimed output climbs to to 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
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There are two screens: a 12.3-inch information display and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen.

There are two screens: a 12.3-inch information display and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen.
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The M3 sedan offers easier access to the rear seats, a draw for those who utilize the second row more.

The M3 sedan offers easier access to the rear seats, a draw for those who utilize the second row more.
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M Sport seats have big side bolsters that help hold you in place under hard cornering.

M Sport seats have big side bolsters that help hold you in place under hard cornering.
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On the Competition models, the quad-exhaust pipes are black chrome.

On the Competition models, the quad-exhaust pipes are black chrome.
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BMW says the giant front grille improves cooling for the engine.

BMW says the giant front grille improves cooling for the engine.
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The M4 coupe is the two-door version.

The M4 coupe is the two-door version.
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The M3 used to be both a two- and four-door model, but a few years ago BMW turned the 3 Series coupe into the 4 Series. So here we are.

The M3 used to be both a two- and four-door model, but a few years ago BMW turned the 3 Series coupe into the 4 Series. So here we are.
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If you put the car into Sport or Sport+ mode, the exhaust note will get louder.

If you put the car into Sport or Sport+ mode, the exhaust note will get louder.
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Four cars will be available at the global launch next March.

Four cars will be available at the global launch next March.
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They will include the rear-wheel drive M3 and M4, mated to six-speed manual transmissions (!).

They will include the rear-wheel drive M3 and M4, mated to six-speed manual transmissions (!).
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And the M3 and M4 Competition editions with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

And the M3 and M4 Competition editions with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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By the way, just LOOK AT this interior.

By the way, just LOOK AT this interior.
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Next summer will bring the xDrive all-wheel drive Competition models.

Next summer will bring the xDrive all-wheel drive Competition models.
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The M3 sedan will start at $69,900. The M3 Competition sedan will start at $72,800.

The M3 sedan will start at $69,900. The M3 Competition sedan will start at $72,800.
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The M4 coupe will start at $71,800. The M4 Competition coupe will start at $74,700.

The M4 coupe will start at $71,800. The M4 Competition coupe will start at $74,700.
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BMW reminds us to apply the $995 destination fee to all prices.

BMW reminds us to apply the $995 destination fee to all prices.
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And as my parting gift to you, here's another look at that GIANT GRILLE. You can't look away, can you?

And as my parting gift to you, here's another look at that GIANT GRILLE. You can't look away, can you?
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