A BMW M4 Guide

Introducing the BMW M4

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 08-28-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

Representing itself as either an ideal all-around two-door coupe or a convertible, the M4 runs from a vehicle for daily commute to a track-day hero. It’s really a reminiscent of the M3 coupe but with a sleeker body, fewer doors, and just a different name.

As the market for specialized cars go hotter by the minute, go-fast branches of these types of vehicles spawn cars that certainly blows your hair backs. But the BMW M4 convertible and coupe had managed to find that thin line to strike the balance between a nutty hooligan and a docile driver, one that’s a rare sight to see.

Transmissions vary for M4; it’s either a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission or a standard six-speed manual that puts power to the ground. The former is connected to limited-slip differential and to a carbon-fiber driveshaft. Again, as BMW starts to prioritize its quality for high-performance street cars, this specialized equipment—that was reserved purely for racecars before—now trickles down to the M4.

What You Need To Know About the BMW M4

Performance

To pack a punch in the highway, it sports a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine under its hood. The engine is turbocharged to produce 425hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, which still revs high up to 7,600 rpm.

Available transmissions comes as the standard six-speed manual mated with its automated rev-matching, or the optional seven-speed automated manual transmission, that comes with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. In just under 3.9 seconds, the M4 can leap out 0-60 mph when the M-DCT is equipped, provided that the launch-control feature is fully utilized.

Driving

When you fit your BMW M4 with the dual-clutch gearbox, the Launch Control will also come standard. To realize just how powerful and ferocious the M4 is, all you have to do is just step on it, put the pedal to the metal, and then just simply step off the brake. You’ll rocket off the line and can quickly launch into a limited top speed of 155 mph.

For the performance-focused settings of the throttle and suspension, the M4 can be an absolute beast to drive. It can even grip so hard in tight corners that you’ll be constantly waiting for the effortless understeer, only, it never does come. As for the reviewers, it’s best to leave the settings in Comfort, as when left in the sportiest settings to adjust the steering weight to suit certain conditions the wheel may feel too heavy. The Comfort settings leave you with enough refinement that you’d need.

Interior

Interior design of the M4 is very identical to the inside of regular 3-series, 4-series, or even any BMW of late. In fact, you’d be very glad to see the familiarity and welcome once you get inside.

The ergonomics are superb, predictably high finish and fit, while a single-piece carbon fiber reinforces plastic roof rules out the sunroof. Don’t fret, though. For the interior ambience, there is enough space in the front so that you won’t be gloomed down by the darkly aesthetic.

As a carryover from the rest of their range, the BMW’s Professional Media system is another familiar sight. This certainly remains as one of the best infotainment packages unparalleled by any other package offered anywhere.

Safety

Anti-lock brakes, front-side airbags, active front knee protection and rollover protection, for convertibles, stability and traction control, and an antilock brake comes as the standard safety features of the BMW M4. Likewise, the BMW M4 also includes the BMW Assist system for the M4, which comes with stolen-vehicle recovery systems, remote lock/unlock features, automatic collision notifications, and SOS button.

Its stability control system has found a new way to integrate several key features that is designed to improve its braking performance. Like for example, when the windshield wipers are being used, it periodically wipes the brake rotors dry. It also automatically snugs the pads to the rotors whenever you lift off the gas.

BMW M4 SPECS

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

HORSEPOWER: 425 hp @ 7300 rpm

TORQUE: 406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

FUEL ECONOMY- 17/26 mpg

TRANSMISSION- 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 15.8 gal.

DRIVE TYPE: Rear wheel drive

TOP SPEED- 163 mph

0-60MPH- 3.7 sec

Price: $73,495 (base)

WHY YOU SHOULD GET THE BMW M4

For those wanting to shine on the track all the while keeping an intense ride on backroads, the BMW M4’s excellent handling and power may just be the best bet for you. However, if you’re looking for a car to provide day-to-day transportation with comfort in mind, this may not suit you well.

Aesthetically, the new BMW M4 has the characteristics and proportions of the 4-series in its heart, but with the dial increased to 11. A quick glance underneath the hood reveals that it kicks with extra power, has a more aerodynamic and aggressive set of body work, and a tail to signal that track-bred look.

Gaining a much tighter suspension tuning, more power, together with a dual clutch transmission and a myriad of other upgrades, the M4 can be considered as the high-performance version of BMW’s 4-series coupe. It strikes that rare balance between an everyday-commute type of vehicle but can also excel on the track. Although the performance of the BMW M4 is identical to the M3, the latter comes with four doors.

Prepare for an explosive performance and some renowned handling capabilities as you get behind the wheel of the M4. A 425-hp twin-turbo inline six-cylinder gives power to the track-day hero. The engine is mated with either a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, and either an all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. To cut off the excess weight in demand for better tuning, BMW M4’s components are constructed using carbon fiber—including its driveshaft. The BMW M4 surely lives up and pays homage to the performance of the M cars before it, all the while providing you the option of a coupe or a convertible.

PROS

√ Stellar performance

√ Quick acceleration and engaging handling

√ Attractive style

√ Plush interior

 

 

 

 

CONS

× Expensive, especially if well-optioned

× Inadequate gas mileage

× Artificial engine noise

× Cramped boot