Wednesday, January 19

M3 Competition vs i4 M50 xDrive: Very similar – but one costs only half

The BMW M3 Competition xDrive and i4 M50 xDrive have a lot in common. Both have over 500 horsepower, four doors, five seats, the same platform and almost the same body. Both do 0-100 km / h in less than four seconds and both are M-cars.

But the i4 M50 xDrive is electric – with the benefits it offers in terms of taxes. And these are not small results, when compared to the M3 Competition xDrive.

The latter is thus a full-fledged M-car. It has a petrol engine in the form of a 3-liter in-line six of 510 horsepower. Price? From NOK 1.25 million.

The electricity version, on the other hand, starts at a far more affordable NOK 579,000.

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The i4 M50 is not a full-fledged M model. But it is as fast as the M3 Competition – ie M3 with rear-wheel drive. 0-100 km / h takes only 3.9 seconds.

Now, for the first time, the M3 is offered with four-wheel drive. M3 Competition xDrive kicks away from 0-100 km / h in extremely hectic 3.5 seconds.

In addition, this is a thoroughbred M-car – with eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox, can be delivered with M Performance exhaust system and highly developed technologies derived from motorsport, such as the M-specific drive with active M-differential and specially developed chassis.

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The M50 xDrive is a Gran Coupe. That means a large tailgate and a slightly more coupe-like body.

No delay

Now it should be said that the M50 also has a number of M-parts to offer. Among other things, an adaptive M chassis, sports steering and M brakes.

We have driven both cars. M3 Competition xDrive only in winter conditions. But here comes a torch: On straight stretches, the i4 M50 feels even more nimble than the model with four exhaust pipes planted in the diffuser. It seems that the four-wheel drive system is more efficient at planting the forces in the ground. In addition, of course, you have all the effect immediately when you press the accelerator pedal to the bottom. No delay.

Of course, different types of tires can also come into play here. We tip launch control on summer tires and hot asphalt is reasonably brutal in the M3.

Regardless. The M50 xDrive – with Power Boost and its 544 horsepower – is simply lightning fast!

The M3 is a sedan - and the Competition version with xDrive costs from NOK 1.25 million.

The M3 is a sedan – and the Competition version with xDrive costs from NOK 1.25 million.

Proper setup – then it slams!

M3 Competition xDrive, on the other hand, is brutal when set up in “correct” mode. This means that you put both gearbox and driveline in Sport. Then the gear changes come like pearls on a string and throw you forward. They are also accompanied by a cheeky “poof”. In fact, the coolest gear shift sound we’ve ever heard.

But it needs to find the right gear, before you have all the effect with you.

On the other hand, you have a much more engaging driving experience, from sound to gear changes and a rear that seems more naughty.

The adrenaline rushes faster on the M3.

Now it should be said that you can turn off the anti-spin system in the i4 M50, and really play on the winter lead with this one, too. Without waking the neighbors at all …

These are two of the coolest cars you can buy

In the turns

Unfortunately, we have not driven both cars on the track. Yet. There we suspect that M3 will pinch the victory – but not by as much margin as one would expect.

For the M50 has proven to be just as capable in the turns. We were very impressed with how well we managed to hide the weight, when we tested it on winding roads in Germany, and later on Norwegian winter roads.

Nevertheless. The physical laws intervene at a time, when it comes to 435 kilos difference, as it is here. In M3’s favor.

However, the seats in the M3 Competition are the best on the market – both to look at and sit in. They provide fantastic support.

While the i4 in turn offers the new infotainment system – with the curved “double screen” on top of the dashboard.

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The rear of the M3 is far rougher than the i4 M50.  There is something with a powerful diffuser and four exhaust pipes ...

The rear of the M3 is far rougher than the i4 M50. There is something with a powerful diffuser and four exhaust pipes …

But really …

Now you may have been a little annoyed, because we are comparing the M3 and M50 – when you think that a more relevant comparison would really be the M50 xDrive Gran Coupe and the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe. In other words, exactly the same body – and no two full-fledged M-cars.

But the M50 is so fast and capable, that it becomes a raw party. The electric car is almost one second faster from 0-100 km / h – and has 136 horsepower more. It is noticeable.

That we let it measure forces against the M3 is simply a big compliment to the M50 – and not least, a strong indication of how much car you actually get for your money. No wonder Norwegian customers flock around just that.

If you want to drive the fastest on the track, love sound and want to feel the feeling of changing gears, then it is still the petrol engine and exhaust system that is the solution. But it costs pork …

The chairs in the Competition edition are both beautiful to look at and offer fantastic support.  Also note the M steering wheel - with the red programmable shortcut menu buttons.

The chairs in the Competition edition are both beautiful to look at and offer fantastic support. Also note the M steering wheel – with the red programmable shortcut menu buttons.

The M50 has the new infotainment system - with a large curved screen.

The M50 has the new infotainment system – with a large curved screen.

Video: Watch our test of the new M4 Competition – which also meets its predecessor:

Finally, the M3 and M4 get four-wheel drive – perfect for Norwegian conditions!

Reference-www.tv2.no

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