To fully appreciate the new BMW M4 you need a mountain road or, better yet, a circuit. It is the only way to find out how exceptional is the new M4 chassis. BMW M engineers have managed to create a sports car that’s sensitive, delicate, and highly precise. To do this, they used carbon fiber as much as possible, plus other items made of light materials. The ceiling is made from carbon fiber, the dial is made with CFRP and even stiffener car body elements are made from carbon fiber.
A car with such great performances has a price to match. But M4 manages to maintain the price into an interesting area. Price lists have already been published and a BMW M4 Coupe has a starting price of $95,270. Interestingly, this price is lower than that of its predecessor.
The bad news is that this price gets you a standard M4, and you won’t enjoy this car at its full power without a few accessories. Like, for example, for the excellent speed-change box with two clutches and seven gears you’ll have to add another $5,111 to the basic price. For carbon disc brakes you’ll add another $9,567. If you want adaptive suspension it will cost you another $2,490. There are many, many other options, so a well-equipped BMW M4 can easily jump to $124,500.
If we compare the base price of the new BMW M4 to that of the two direct competitors we notice the Audi RS5 is the most expensive, with a starting price of $ 104,475, while the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe has a closing price to that of the M4.
After going for a generation through the area of the V8 aspirated engine, the new BMW M4 returns to its origins and has under the hood a six-cylinder in-line engine, supercharged by a twin-turbo system. The chosen displacement is 2,979 cc, enough to deliver 431 HP between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm, with 11 HP more than the old 4.0-liter V8 of the old M3 Coupe. The maximum torque of the new engine is 550 Nm between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. The power difference is insignificant, but the new engine is ripping.
One of the advantages that the new M4 has two cylinders less is the fact that gasoline consumption remains in standards more than decent. Let us first look at the official figures. BMW says that an M4 with manual transmission consumes 12 liters in urban traffic, while one with automatic gearbox will need 11.1 liters. The official average is 8.8 liters / 100 km (manual transmission) and 8.3 liters / 100 km (automatic gearbox).
BMW did not do any compromises in the performance chapter. BMW wanted to make M4 (and the M3 sedan) a very powerful machine, and they succeeded. Acceleration from 0 to the first hundred kilometers per hour is reached in 4.1 seconds for the model with an automatic gearbox and with the manual gearbox is reaches the same speed in 4.3 seconds. A mile is made in 21.9 seconds including the start. The rally from 80 to 120 km /h in the fourth gear requires 3.5 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km /hour.
The interior has ornamental carbon fiber elements with perfect refinish, soft leather sewn with the M division colors, a perfect wheel, both in diameter and thickness, and without too many frills. Altogether, the interior is very nice, the seats have excellent lateral support and allow adjustment to the smallest detail.
The safety equipment list is as complete as any other BMW model, with regular airbags plus ABS, DSC and DTC offered in standard, as well as lateral side impact protection. Being an M model, BMW also created a special system called MDM (M Dynamic Mode), a safety system that lets you have fun while allowing the car to skid under control, but meanwhile, keeping a safety net for the driver. Basically, MDM is a kind of traction control system, only in half disabled.
Would the average working Joe afford such a car?
If you`re working on an average wage in the US, we sincerely think that you should think twice before getting such an expensive car.