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  • model-year BMW M3 Competition Pack - Rear Despite being based on BMW's mid-sized, practical 3-series the M3 has become a fundamental part of.

    Given the £ price of the Competition Pack in relation to the cost of the car, there can be no agonising over whether or not to add it. In fact.

    Use our Car Buying Guide to research BMW M3 prices, specs, photos, videos, and more. For more power, the Competition package offers ponies.

    The M3 Competition Pack really comes alive. And the chassis handling is sublime, feeling hunkered down with an iron glove of body control yet a decent degree of compliance to soak up the patina of bumpy roads. BMW has given the F80 M3 a makeover, although the model year upgrades are minor, to say the least. Peugeot's rakish has been converted into a practical, load-lugging But the nose turns into bends with precision, the chassis holds its line tenaciously and then the potent engine is able to tease the tail out in a predictable, confidence-inspiring manner.

    BMW M3 Competition Pack V8 first UK drive

    The American muscle car may not have been perfect in many respects, but when it came to having good old-fashioned fun, it was as instantly gratifying as a cheeseburger and fries. On bumpy British roads, it could be as irritable as a wasp, fidgeting around and feeling on edge when pushed to its limits.

    We described how it was not a playful car: Contrary to what the name suggests, the Competition Pack is not about dressing up in fireproof pants and going racing at the weekend. Instead, it introduces a modest 19bhp power increase — up to bhp — re-tuned suspension springs, dampers and anti-roll bars , tweaks to its electronic brain and transmission, larger and wider 20in alloy wheels, fancy sports seats, a sports exhaust and some subtle changes to the exterior trim.

    There was probably one other technical change made; the sacking of the bloke who tuned the suspension on the standard M3 and M4. From some angles, it looked a lurid shade of purple. With tinted windows, a carbon fibre roof, wider wheels, black trim around the windows and carbon fibre spoilers, the thing looked… menacing. Our neighbours may have assumed a gang of Eastern European people-traffickers had moved into the neighbourhood.

    Open the door and the sports seats look especially racy but other than that, the interior is regular M3 fare. But the driving position feels good, the steering wheel is chunky and the seat belts have subtle BMW-M sport colours stitched into them. As with the standard M3 and M4, there are three driving modes to choose from: In the eye of some enthusiasts, the Efficiency setting is strictly for when the fuel reserve light has flashed up. The steering only reduces assistance to add weight, rather than changing the ratio and response.

    So for anything other than track running, Comfort is the preferred setting, as the others feel too much like a gym workout. As for the dampers, Comfort suits day-to-day driving while Sport is good for pressing on. Sport Plus will shake fillings loose on anything but a smooth racing track.

    The straight-six cylinder, twin-turbo unit is still a heavyweight, with a huge amount of surge from just below 2,rpm. But at least the sports exhaust helps to liven up proceedings a little. Where the car feels markedly better than before is in the way it takes a corner.

    In this mode, with the stability systems dialled down and differential set up to allow a little bit of naughty behaviour, you can achieve subtle tail slides under acceleration before the car steps in to prevent an embarrassing, when-drifting-goes-wrong YouTube moment. However, the greater surprise is what happens when the driver aids are cancelled entirely.

    The M3 Competition Pack really comes alive. The car still has something of a hefty feel to it. But the nose turns into bends with precision, the chassis holds its line tenaciously and then the potent engine is able to tease the tail out in a predictable, confidence-inspiring manner.

    Call us old fashioned, though: The Competition Pack is the medicine that the M3 and M4 so badly needed. Tweet to squarejames Follow squarejames. Published 20 July Tweet to squarejames Follow squarejames The Clarkson review: Since it was first introduced in , the Ford Focus has been winning hearts and minds across the UK with its combination of great The Audi R8 has was once a difficult car to resolve ourselves to.

    INSIDE the NEW BMW M3 Competition Package 2017

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