Review: BMW M4 (2014)


Replacement for M3 Coupe drops V8 for twin turbocharged 3.0-litre engine. Acceleration from 0-62mph is just 4.1 seconds with M DCT.

Slightly heavier than M3. Two doors less practical than four.

BMW M4 (2014): At A Glance

BMW's new M4 Coupe replaces the M3 Coupe and gets a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 431PS replacing the V8 from the outgoing M3 range. The new twin-turbocharged engine has been specially developed for the M3 with 550Nm of torque that peaks from just 1850rpm. In comparison the previous V8-powered M3 has 400Nm of torque and 420PS.

That gives 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds while choosing the optional M DCT automatic drops this to just 4.1 seconds, yet the new engine is also more efficient with claimed economy of 32.1mpg on manual models with CO2 of 204g/km. That's helped by the fact the new models are more than 80kg lighter thanks to more lightweight materials and a carbonfibre reinforced plastic roof.

The standard six-speed manual uses new carbon friction linings for better shifts and now automatically blips the throttle on downshifts, previously a feature only available on the M DCT gearbox. The double clutch M DCT has a launch control function which helps reduce the 0-62mph time along with various Drivelogic modes which give the driver the option of changing the driving characteristics from a comfort and economy to an even sportier set-up.

Adaptive M suspension comes as standard on all models and has Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes so you can alter the stiffness depending on the road conditions. Alongside the standard brakes, carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option and come with gold callipers.

Inside there are plenty of BMW M details including M branded door sill trims, gear lever, instruments, leather steering wheel and metallic shift paddles on M DCT models. There is also Anthracite headlining and bespoke front seats based on bucket seats with width adjustable side bolsters. They are also heated and electrically adjustable.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch M light alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and the full BMW Professional Media package with upgraded Bluetooth system.

What does a BMW M4 (2014) cost?

List Price from £67,410
Buy new from £50,930
Contract hire from £721.67 per month

Real MPG average for a BMW M4 (2014)

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21–31 mpg

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I bought a used BMW M4 only to find out it was used as for track days - where do I stand?

I purchased a BMW M4 from my local main dealer last week and after paying a deposit I was advised (salesman said they were obligated to) that the car had been used for track days by BMW UK. I had asked the salesman several times what the car's history was before taking a test drive and was told it was a manager's car. A little research and there are five of these on the BMW approved website at various dealers with number plates starting YJ67 in white with low spec and mileage. I did contact BMW UK and they advised me that while their dealers have guidelines they are independent to them and can sell what they like. I wasted four days negotiation, sorting car insurance, gap insurance and a tracker to be fitted the following day. the reason for the letter is in their sales terms and conditions it states the warranty is invalid if the car has been used for racing. Would the warranty stand if I had a major problem?
Track days are not actually "racing" but it's a moot point whether the warranty would have been voided. At last dealers are catching up with the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations that forbid "misleading omissions", such as not telling you the car had been used for track days. More on that and some recent case law if you scroll down here:
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