BMW - M Series

This is the fun section of the BMW Showroom here on Motor2U! We have 3 of the M family cars available in Malaysia, namely the M2 Competition (RM626,800) and comes with a 3-litre 6-cylinder engine, producing 410hp and 550Nm, the next in line is the M4 (RM772,800) equipped with the same engine though tuned to 431hp and 550Nm. Finally, the master of them all, the M5 (RM1,010,800) with the awesome 4.4 litre V8, producing 600hp and 750Nm. Buyers for this range of cars are treated differently by BMW dealers and get all the attention, so make sure you enjoy it!

BMW Malaysia just announced the imminent arrival of the M3 Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe. Bookings can already be placed, though deliveries are expected mid-2021. Prices start at RM664,800 for the M3 Sedan and RM684,800 for the M4 Competition Coupe. You can opt to add the "Innovation" package, at a cost for RM60,000 for either model...These prices look reasonable, cheaper even for the M4 when compared to the current line-up. We look forward to take a closer look at these 2 newcomers soon...till then, we have to do with some videos for the newcomers further below. Check them out!

Note that the M2 comes with the “Competition” in the name, which the M4 and M5 in Malaysia don’t have. The Competition offers more power, more torque and is generally quicker to the standard M2 that we had before. As a result, the M2 Competition gets close to the M4, perhaps not so much in power and torque numbers, but more so in performance due to its slightly lighter weight.

Who’s fastest?

The M2 Competition sprints to 100kph in 4.2 seconds. That is quick, though not sweeping us from our feet. The manual version would be awesome to have but is not available to us. We get the 7-speed dual-clutch with DriveLogic. The latter is an interesting BMW technology, which they explain as follows: The special Drivelogic function allows you to select how long the gears are held on for during acceleration, and how fast the gear changes are made. At the lowest level, the emphasis is on comfort, at its highest it is pure sport. Top speed is, as with all high powered BMW’s, limited to 250kph.
Other mechanical upgrades on the M2 Competition include a new electro-mechanical power steering system, an Active M Differential, Dynamic Stability Control systems, and M Compound brakes with 380mm discs and four-piston callipers up front and 370mm discs and two-piston in the rear.

The M4 just stays ahead of the M2 Competition by reaching 100kph in 4.1 seconds, a marginal 0.1s faster, so it is all about the getting away from the line. No manual version is available in Malaysia, though you could simulate one by playing with the paddle shifters, but that’s not the same thing. Both the M2 Competition and M4 engines can be revved high up, with redline starting at 7,600rpm. This adds to the sporty fun that can be had with these cars.

The M5 is by far the quickest one, no surprise considering its power and torque of course. Its sprint to 100kph is done in 3.4 seconds and top speed limited to 250kph.

Videos better than words…

Some good informative review videos have been selected to give you a feel for each car. Chris Harris puts his foot on the M2 Competition on an awesome Franch track and in the other video, it's Matt Watson comparing the M2 Competition with the M4. Disclaimer here is that Matt looks at an M4 Competition rather than the M4 we have. The difference is only 20 extra hp and torque is the same.

And now the beast in the family, the M5.

Is there a practical M?

The short answer is no, but. Both the M2 and M4 cannot be called practical cars so this title goes directly to the M5. With its 4 doors and room for 5 people, this can easily be a family car for the guy (we would love to see women master this beast though) who wants to combine pure road fun with picking up the kids from school or going on a family trip to Singapore. This car will get you all the usefulness of the normal 5-Series but does allow you the occasional sortie to Sepang to set a fast lap time.

Anything you need to know?

The 7-speed DCT gearbox on the M2 Competition and M4 is good but needs major cooling in our weather conditions. If you push the car to

The M4 features Active Sound, live amplification of the engine's natural sound into the cabin via the car's speakers. The claim for this approach is that the well-insulated cabin can reduce road/wind noise but still provide the driver with the sporty sound of the M powered engine. Note there are no artificial sound or any pre-recorded track in the system.

The M5 uses an all-wheel-drive ("xDrive") powertrain, being the first time that an M5 has not been rear-wheel drive. However, this system is biased towards the rear wheels. It can also be configured to send power to the rear wheels only, provided you switch the electronic stability control (ESC) off.

Coming in mid-2021 are:

BMW Malaysia recently confirmed the arrival of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, both in Competition variant...and with the 8-speed Steptronic gearbox rather than the 6-speed manual. Hereunder some nice juicy eye candy for what's coming.

Ok, now what's stopping you from contacting our friendly BMW Sales Advisors to arrange a viewing or test drive with any of these magiacal "M's"!

So come over to the BMW dealership or contact any of the friendly sales advisors to get more info. Alternatively, why not make use of the Free Concierge Service from Motor2U and let us help you in every step of the way? Contact us now!

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