2011 BMW M3 Competition Package Official Details and Photos Released

2011 BMW M3 Competition Package - 12.02.2010
2011 BMW M3 Competition Package - 12.02.2010

Engine start/stop system now standard on all M3s

BMW has released further information and photos about the 2011 M3 Competition Package.

Available this spring, the Competition Package is offered on the M3 Coupe and the M3 Sedan. It features a lowered suspension (ride height is reduced 10mm), light alloy wheels, a specially developed 'sport' mode (part of the Electronic Damping Control), and a revised stability control program. Options include carbon fiber front apron flaps and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.

Besides the Competition Package, BMW also announced all 2011 M3s (Sedan, Coupe, and Convertible) will feature an engine stop/start function. Thanks to this system, average fuel consumption will be reduced by 8% while C02 emissions are cut by 24 g/km. According to BMW, the M3 Coupe and M3 Sedan will achieve an average fuel consumption of 11.2 l/100km (21 mpg US) with the optional 7-speed M dual clutch transmission - manual models consume 12.4 l/100km (19 mpg US). On the other hand, the M3 Convertible has an average fuel consumption of 11.5 l/100km (20.4 mpg US), M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic, and 12.7 l/100km (18.5 mpg US) with 6-speed manual transmission.

Source: BMW

More joy in top-level performance: the product range of BMW M GmbH for spring 2010.

Munich. More driving pleasure, reduced emissions: this principle of the development strategy BMW EfficientDynamics applies equally at the very highest level of performance. As of spring 2010, the high-performance model BMW M3 consistently combines its outstanding driving performance figures with further reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. The range of BMW EfficientDynamics measures fitted as standard in the models BMW M3 Coupé, BMW M3 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan is now to be supplemented with the Auto Start Stop Function. This reduces the average fuel consumption and CO2 levels of the BMW M3 by up to 8 per cent or 24 grams of CO2 per kilometre. In order to further hone the outstandingly sporty profile of the model there will also be a Competition Package available as of spring 2010.

Auto Start Stop Function for the BMW M3 - for the first time in conjunction with a dual clutch transmission.

The BMW M3 achieves its outstanding performance with impressive efficiency. Its 4.0 litre V8 high-revving engine mobilises 309 kW/420 bhp, enabling superior acceleration response due to its unique propulsion. In addition to its fascinating performance characteristics, the 8-cylinder engine - developed exclusively for the BMW M3 - is characterised by an unusually high degree of efficiency. Additional efficiency potential is now tapped into with the Auto Start Stop Function. This helps the drive avoid idling phases when stopping at junctions or in congested traffic. In order to prevent unnecessary fuel consumption the engine is switched off when the vehicle comes to a halt. As soon as the driver wishes to continue driving, the engine is re-activated without delay.

The Auto Start Stop Function is used both in vehicles with standard 6-speed manual transmission and in conjunction with the M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic. The BMW M3 is thus the first model - along with the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 - to use this efficiency-enhancing measure in combination with an automated manual transmission.

The increase in efficiency brought about by the Auto Start Stop Function is up to 8 per cent of 24 grams of CO2 per kilometre, depending on the model and transmission type. For example, the BMW M3 Coupé with 7-speed M dual clutch transmission and Drivelogic powered by a V8 high-revving engine with 309 kW/420 bhp now achieves an average fuel consumption on the EU test cycle of 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres (6-speed manual transmission: 12.4 litres). The same figures apply to the BMW M3 Sedan. In the case of the BMW M3 Convertible, the average fuel consumption is reduced to 11.5 litres (M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic) or 12.7 litres (6-speed manual transmission) per 100 kilometres. All versions of the BMW M3 will also meet the exhaust emission norm EU5 in future.

Modified rear lights with glass covers in a homogeneous red colour provide an additional visual accentuation in the BMW M3 Coupé and the BMW M3 Convertible. With two harmoniously illuminating light banks fed by LED units, they create a characteristic nocturnal design.

New for the BMW M3: Competition Package and retrofit options.

The Competition Package, available for the Coupé and the Sedan, and the retrofit options from the range of Original BMW Accessories specially developed for the M3 are just two possible ways of individualising the sports car. With a suspension lowered by some 10 mm and light alloy wheels in the size 9 x 19 inches at the front and Y-spoke design at the rear, the Competition Package provides further optimised longitudinal and transverse dynamics. In addition, the control of the electronic damper adjustment function EDC including a Sport mode specially developed for the Competition Package has been precisely adjusted to the chassis modifications by means of map-based control and the driving stability control function DSC.

The new range of items from the Original BMW Accessories program available for the BMW M3 provides an even more intense driving experience. Retrofit options designed for this model are specifically geared towards increasing dynamic performance and driving pleasure. For example a rear spoiler and front apron flaps in carbon will be available from spring 2010. As well as perfectly matching the Competition Package the aerodynamically optimised components further reduce lift force, thereby increasing the driving dynamics potential of the BMW M3.

With the current new items in its model program and the further extended product range, BMW M GmbH has created an ideal basis for the continuation of its successful business development. Enthusiasm for exclusive high-performance vehicles in the premium segment continues unabated in automobile markets throughout the world. Current sales figures indicate a dynamic start to the year 2010 for BMW M GmbH. 1,146 BMW M automobiles were sold worldwide in January 2010 alone. This is an increase of 7 per cent over the previous year. “The new models BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M have made a key contribution to this positive trend,” explains Dr. Kay Segler, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. "With their very successful launch they have even made up for the end of the production cycle of the BMW M5 Sedan, which has been one of the cornerstones of BMW M automobile sales up to now.” Particularly significant sales increases were achieved in January 2010 in the European markets of Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, as well as in China, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East.

BMW M GmbH is a 100 per cent subsidiary of BMW AG. With its products and services in the four business areas of BMW M Automobiles, BMW Individual, M Sports Packages and Options and BMW Group Driving Experience, it is geared towards customers with particularly high aspirations in terms of the performance, exclusivity and individual style of their vehicle. Based in Munich, the company was founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH. Since then, the letter M has become synonymous all over the world for success in motor racing and for the fascination of high-performance sports cars which can be used for everyday driving. The production of BMW M automobiles is integrated in the manufacturing processes of the BMW plants. BMW M GmbH has the status of an independent automobile manufacturer.

In the financial year 2009, BMW M GmbH achieved worldwide sales of over 15,000 vehicles. BMW M GmbH currently employs a workforce of some 500 in the areas of development, administration and sales.

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FloPoe FloPoe
the start stopp system will only be available with the 7 speed double clutch gearbox (DKG)
Feb 15th, 2010 12:38am
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The rear tyres look narrow
Feb 14th, 2010 11:31pm
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mb74 mb74
Well, talk about taking a great looking car and making it look rubbish. M...What were you thinking. LAME!... Spoilers on M3's look LAME.
Feb 14th, 2010 6:51pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
totally agree, spoilers are LAME ! not like they have any effect other than looks. formula 1 sucks too , with their LAME spoilers and all !
Feb 15th, 2010 1:39am
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ricer8 ricer8
BMW best? For what? Daily driver....maybe. But it's absurd to call something "competition" and not even upgrade the brakes. Just start covering it with fake carbon. Don't even talk about free maintenance either if u plan to ACTUALLY take your "competition" car on a track.
Feb 14th, 2010 5:29am
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nerlor nerlor
For those who are whinning, BMW are the best!
Feb 14th, 2010 4:36am
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johnny232 johnny232
actually I'd really like to see a lap time comparison between the normal M3 and the Competition Package version just to see how much of a difference is there. If it's at least 2 sec, then I can say it's worth the 3000 $ difference(even though the new version looks awful), but less than that, just buy a regular M3 and keep the money for track days.
Feb 14th, 2010 10:24pm
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bernardo bernardo
Those tail lights look like the new ones found in the revised 3-series coupe/cabrio, but the front lights aren´t...we've seen M3 prototypes with exactly the same configuration...maybe they will keep the front lights unchanged for the M3? That would be great, the new ones suck.
Feb 13th, 2010 11:56pm
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Skulinex Skulinex
don't worry, they will, they did exactly the same thing when they changed the 330ci's front end in 2004?? with new headlights and the LED taillights, the M3 only received the taillights treatment, they left the headlights alone.
Feb 14th, 2010 3:31am
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Mikeado Mikeado
So more Carbon Faker trinkets, E46 CSL wheels and less comfortable - sorry, "Sportier" - suspension? This is an option box for weeners who think it'll make them cooler, isn't it?
Feb 13th, 2010 10:59pm
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phobos phobos
just give us M3 CSL .. don't be such a jerk BMW
Feb 13th, 2010 3:50pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
no CSL aka GTS for Americans, you have been naughty.
Feb 13th, 2010 6:47pm
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bcuth bcuth
if bmw makes a CSL you will be complaining about the cost, blah blah blah
Feb 13th, 2010 10:49pm
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mpower333 mpower333
Wheres the rev counter lights in the steering wheel like on the 1 Series M prototype!
Feb 13th, 2010 1:33pm
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Malik Malik
what about pricing?!! i been waiting so long to get this information.....
Feb 13th, 2010 12:53pm
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Everyone can do that on their own regular BMW M3, change some thing in black...
Feb 13th, 2010 9:46am
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accousticjama accousticjama
I agree X6M.BMW are offering serious performance, suspension & breaking upgrades for the 335 & Z4 yet they offer simple add ons for the M3 that does nothing for the cars performance. Merc are going to offer an all new 4.4L TT in the C Class,Audi are a week away from unleashing the RS5.The M3 needs less weight & more power to compete,not lame add ons.
Feb 13th, 2010 11:44am
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sub39h sub39h
that's because in theory M-Sport has done just about all it can for the car's performance, particularly on such a high strung V8. and let's face it, the M3 used to lay waste to all in its path but that's not true anymore. as you've mentioned there are now credible alternatives in the form of the C63 and IS-F and whilst judgement still needs to be passed on the new RS5 i doubt it's going to be anything other than sublime.
Feb 13th, 2010 5:47pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
@ accousticjama , better performance doesn't always mean more power. better handling is better performance.
Feb 13th, 2010 6:46pm
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I do like the fact that they have it for the M3 Sedan, so your family can enjoy vomiting out the window at highspeed while the driver is powersliding at 80mph
Feb 13th, 2010 9:38am
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599FXX 599FXX
+1. LOL!
Feb 13th, 2010 6:06pm
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EhEmGee EhEmGee
Another glorious price-gouging excercise by BMW. Who's buying these over a 911 at a similar price-point?
Feb 13th, 2010 9:19am
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NardoW12 NardoW12
A fully optioned M3(without Competition Package) cost about $72,000, the Competition Package cost about $2-3000 extra. The basic 911(non-S)'s starting price is $75,600 in the US, and Porsche's options usually cost a lot more compared to Audi, BMW, and MB. A nicely optioned Porsche 911 with PDK and other options will cost over $82,000. With a fully optioned M3 costing the same as the base starting price of Porsche 911, I can see people taking the M3 over 911. Plus M3 probably have better performance than 911 in many areas. I think M3 with Competition Package looks better than 911(except the ones with Aero pack or Turbo model)
Feb 13th, 2010 9:59am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
some people want more space.
Feb 13th, 2010 6:44pm
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2010S5 2010S5
For starters, the M3's got a V8, a real trunk, more interior space, and is cheaper too. I'd still take a Carrera if I had 80K to spend though.
Feb 14th, 2010 2:50am
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Skulinex Skulinex
don't forget (at least over here) BMW maintenance is $0 for 4 years or 40k miles, Porsche service is $$$$$, also the insurance difference is ridiculous( I checked while looking at a 911 S vs a e92 m3 to replace my e46 m3)
Feb 14th, 2010 3:36am
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Jeremiah Clarksonius Jeremiah Clarksonius
Wow... More of the same...
Feb 13th, 2010 9:12am
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