The new BMW M4 Competition is fast. Fast enough to draw comparisons to Porsches, trounce all-wheel-drive Audis, and leave Supras in the dust. But to understand how fast it is, you have to see how it stacks up to its predecessor.
The F82-generation M4 Competition was no slouch. It made 450 hp from a turbocharged inline-six, funneled in this case through a whip-quick dual-clutch gearbox. That’s big power, but it can’t quite live with the 510-hp output of the new M4. Even factoring in the switch from a dual-clutch gearbox to a ZF eight-speed automatic, the new M4 shouldn’t have a problem with dispatching the old one.
In fact, CarWow points out that even the sub-M4 version of the G82 is enough of a bruiser to join the fight. The M440i xDrive‘s inline-six makes just 374 hp, but its all-wheel-drive system means it can put more of that power down.
That plays out on pavement, where the M440i lunges ahead of both M4s as they both struggle for grip. As they hook up though, the new M4 starts eroding that lead with the old one trailing a bit behind. By the end of the quarter-mile, BMW’s new monster is a car length ahead of the old one and the old one is narrowly in front of the M440i. For the full story and video, check out this article from Road & Track.