2004 BMW M3 Competition Package

2004 BMW M3 Competition Package

2004 BMW M3 Competition Package

November 16, 2004. Already renowned for its performance and handling, the new Competition Package takes M3 performance to the next level. Every aspect of the M3’s handling has been tweaked to match that of the M3 CSL.

The wheels are 19-inch forged-alloy wheels with high-performance tires. They connect to a suspension that has been tuned specifically for the Competition Package. Turn-in is quicker with a more direct steering ratio which goes from 15.4:1 to 14.5:1.

M Track mode and brake system taken from the BMW M3 CSL: The Dynamic Stability Control system includes a less intrusive M track mode, as on the M3 CSL, ensuring the security of DSC and spirited driving too. For inclement conditions the regular DSC mode remains. The brakes, also adopted from the M3 CSL, include compound and cross-drilled rotors. The front rotors have also been enlarged from12.8 to13.6 inches.

As the serious enthusiast would expect, the Competition Package is available in combination with the standard six-speed manual or the optional Sequential Manual Gearbox.

The interior enhancements of the package are subtle but purposeful. The Alcantara steering wheel and handbrake grip feel good to the touch. The addition of the steering wheel-mounted button for the DSC M track mode requires the deletion of the multi-function controls and cruise control. The Competition Package is available with all M3 Coupe interior and exterior color combinations. Two trim items are exclusive to the Competition Package. Special Competition Package aluminum trim is included on the interior. A new exterior color, Interlagos Blue, is offered only with this package.

The Competition Package will be available for 2005 M3 Coupes beginning with December 2004 production and it will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The price for the package will be $4,000.

In Detail

built atMunich, Germany
price $$ 47,300
engineCast Iron Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VANOS Variable Timing
fuel feedElectronic Sequential Injection
displacement3245 cc / 198.0 in³
bore87.1 mm / 3.43 in
stroke90.9 mm / 3.58 in
power255.8 kw / 343.0 bhp @ 7900 rpm
specific output105.7 bhp per litre
bhp/weight222.44 bhp per tonne
torque364.72 nm / 269.0 ft lbs @ 4900 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front tires225/45ZR-18
rear tires255/40ZR-18
front brakesVented & Cross Drilled Discs w/Single-Piston Swing Calipers, ABS
rear brakesVented & Cross Drilled Discs w/Single-Piston Swing Calipers, ABS
front wheelsF 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 22.9 cm / 18.0 x 9.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Stuts w/Lower L-Arms, Coil Springs, Tube Shocks, Anti Roll Bar
r suspensionMulti-Link w/Lower L-Arms, Coil Springs, Tube Shocks, Anti Roll Bar
curb weight1542 kg / 3400 lbs
wheelbase2731 mm / 107.5 in
front track1508 mm / 59.4 in
rear track1504 mm / 59.2 in
length4492 mm / 176.9 in
width1780 mm / 70.1 in
height1372 mm / 54.0 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
gear ratios4.23:1, 2.53:1, 1.67:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
final drive3.62:1
top speed~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.7 seconds
0 – 100 mph~11.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.2 seconds