BMW has introduced two special edition M models for the Japanese market only, and they are the F80 M3 and F82 M4 Competition M Heat Edition. Only 15 units of each will be made, and all are built with the Competition Pack as base.

M Heat brings to the table several unique aesthetic updates, beginning with the carbon-fibre front splitter, rear diffuser and wing mirror caps. The exterior is rounded off with the same 20-inch M forged alloys from the M4 GTS (multi-spoke 666 M styling – 265/30 front, 285/30 rear), although here it appears to be finished in a darker, almost gunmetal-like shade.

Subsequent updates include M Heat badging and a special Tanzanite Blue paint colour. Inside, both cars get Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and additional carbon-fibre trimmings.

The mechanics remain unchanged, so it gets the updated 3.0 litre inline-six engine from the M3/M4 Competition, producing 450 hp (+19 hp more than the stock M3) and 549 Nm (unchanged) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission, enabling a century sprint time of 3.8 seconds for the both the sedan and coupé. Models fitted with the six-speed manual does the same in 4.0 seconds.

Now for the price. The M3 Competition M Heat Edition retails from ¥13,610,000 (RM490k) in Japan, while the M4 Competition M Heat Edition starts from ¥13,850,000 (RM499k). The limited-run pair is ¥1.5 million (RM54k, M3) and over ¥2 million (RM72k, M4) costlier than their respective Competition model.

Back at home, the M3 sedan and M4 coupé were launched back in 2014 at a price of RM738,800 and RM748,800 respectively – both on-the-road prices but without insurance.

GALLERY: BMW M4 Competition Package