After months of teasers and spy shots, BMW has assuredly launched the new M4 Competition Coupe. It’ll carefully chase the sixth-generation M3 alehouse into showrooms in March abutting year, area it will battling the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe and Audi RS 5.
The BMW M4 Coupe is based on the aforementioned CLAR underpinnings as the new M3 – and like its four-door sibling, it’s powered by the company’s all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, which already appearance in the X3 M and X4 M achievement SUVs.
In acreage Europe, the M4 will be accessible with a best of two agent outputs. The entry-level archetypal produces 473bhp and 600Nm of torque – and it’ll appear with a six-speed chiral gearbox as standard. However, like the blow of BMW M-badged line-up, we’ll alone get the flagship Competition alternative in the UK.
The range-topping M4 has an achievement of 503bhp and 650Nm of torque, which BMW says will accommodate a 0–62mph time of 3.9 abnormal and a top acceleration of 155mph – although the firm’s advantage M Pro amalgamation will accession this limiter to 180mph.
BMW has advised the M4’s agent to assignment on the track. Unlike the X3 and X4 M twins, the Coupe appearance a distinctively advised cooling arrangement with a different intercooler, radiator and sump, which is adapted with baffles that accumulate a able-bodied of oil about the pump’s pickup.
As standard, the agent sends ability to the rear auto via an eight-speed automated gearbox which, somewhat almighty for a avant-garde achievement car, doesn’t use a double-clutch mechanism. Instead, BMW autonomous for a acceptable torque convertor setup.
For the aboriginal time on an M4, BMW will additionally action buyers an adaptive four-wheel-drive arrangement as an alternative extra. The drivetrain is agnate in architecture to the arrangement begin on the latest M5, featuring an electronically controlled clamp in its centre alteration case, which automatically divides the engine’s torque amid the advanced and rear wheels, based on the alley conditions.
BMW has additionally added a ambience which bypasses the advanced cogwheel and diverts 100 per cent of the engine’s ability to the rear wheels. The new xDrive arrangement is due to go on auction in summer 2021.
Like the M3, the new M4 appearance an armoury of anatomy technology, advised to accumulate the engine’s ability in check. Buyers get adaptive dampers, six-piston calipers, a ten-stage absorption ascendancy arrangement and an cyberbanking limited-slip cogwheel – while carbon bowl brakes can be specced as an alternative extra.
There’s additionally the advantage to programme the M4’s steering, burke and braking response, as able-bodied as the atrocity of the accessory changes, the acerbity of the damping and the akin of abetment provided by the absorption ascendancy system. Two customised profiles can be stored at any time – and can bound be accessed application the car’s iDrive infotainment system.
Other functions accommodate a lap timer and abstracts recorder, which BMW says can be acclimated to advance the driver’s achievement at the track. BMW has alike included a alluvion analyser, to advice owners adviser and ascendancy the M4’s oversteer.
Cosmetic tweaks for the new M4 accommodate a added advancing advanced bumper, added ancillary skirts, flared caster arches and a motorsports-inspired rear diffuser. BMW’s brand quad-exit bankrupt arrangement additionally features, forth with a set of staggered admixture wheels, barometer 19 inches on the advanced arbor and 20 inches at the rear.
Inside, there’s the accepted apartment of M-Sport trappings. Buyers get a different sports council wheel, atramentous covering sports seats and lashings of carbon fibre trim. The accepted 4 Series’s 12.3-inch agenda apparatus binnacle and 10.25-inch infotainment arrangement additionally feature, but both screens accept been programmed with committed graphics.
Other autogenous additions accommodate a new anthracite-coloured headliner, a brace of USB ports, a adrift WiFi hotspot, absolute time cartage advice and a wireless smartphone charging pad. Unlike the old M4, this new model’s infotainment arrangement additionally offers abutment for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Finally, buyers can aces through BMW’s all-encompassing options account to customise their M4 as they see fit. Upgrades accommodate a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, action control, sun careful bottle and a carbon fibre exoteric administration package, which swaps the M3’s accepted air intakes, diffuser, mirror caps and addle-brain for carbon fibre able artificial replacements.
For those hunting for the absolute power-to-weight ratio, there’s alike a brace of lightened carbon fibre brazier seats, which barber 9.6kgs off the accepted car’s kerb weight.
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