It’s no secret that the M3 has gained some serious power over the years. From the earlier E30 M3’s 195 horsepower and 170 pound-feet (230 Nm) to the current G80 Competition’s 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm), the performance model from Munich has gained more than double the power and triple the torque figure over the years.
When the BMW G80 M3 came out, there were some that did not expect it to be much quicker than the outgoing model.
However, the M3 Competition managed a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.5 seconds, with power going to the rear wheels only through the ZF eight-speed automatic.
To put things in perspective, this is what earlier versions of the Nissan R35 GT-R were capable of.
Now, however, we see a BMW M3 Competition equipped with the company’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The gearbox is still the same tried and tested ZF eight-speed unit, but that 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm) now hit the ground through all four wheels, thanks to the rear-wheel-drive-biased xDrive system.
Despite the finicky launch control that everyone seems to complain about, the results were astonishing. On an unprepared surface, the all-wheel-drive BMW M3 Competition achieved a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.14 seconds.
With a one-foot roll-out, it goes down to 2.99 seconds, which is supercar territory. The Vbox records more impressive figures, such as an 11.23-second quarter-mile time at 121.77 mph (196 km/h).
The owner of the car shares that he had to part with $97,000 in order to get the G80 M3 as it is. Judging by the numbers it put down, we think that’s money well-spent. The BMW G80 M3 Competition xDrive (that’s a mouthful) packs supercar-rivaling performance in a practical, stylish four-door sedan package, and that’s really the only way to describe it. For the actual runs, skip to the 9:00 mark.
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