The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story.
Weight savings of around 175 pounds have been achieved over a comparably equipped earlier models thanks to the increased use of lightweight materials such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum for a number of chassis and body components. Indeed, both models feature a carbon roof.
Featuring a return to the inline-6 engine format made famous by BMW M, the all-new, turbocharged, 3.0-liter BMW M3 and M4 engine puts out even more power than its V-8 predecessor, 425 horsepower, with 0-60mph acceleration in 3.9 seconds. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of nearly 25 percent.
The engine’s power is transferred to the road via a standard six-speed manual gearbox that automatically blips the throttle on downshifts to produce smoother shifting. The automatic gearbox option is a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic with Launch Control that also allows the driver to shift manually.
Interior features include a standard M Sport leather multifunction steering wheel, as well as bucket-style M sports seats and the BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite. Technical features include a new generation of the Navigation system, Active Driving Assistant, which warns the driver of a looming collision with a pedestrian, and adaptive full LED headlights, as well as an optional Head-Up Display.