BMW M4 (2014–)
- December 2013: BMW unveils M4 Coupe
- April 2014: BMW M4 Convertible launched
- October 2015: BMW M4 GTS launched
- January 2017: Enhancements for BMW M4 introduced
- February 2018: BMW M4 30 Jahre Edition launched
- September 2019: BMW M4 M Heritage Edition announced
- December 2019
BMW unveils M4 Coupe
It's powered by a high-revving, 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology has been specifically developed for this purpose, and produces a maximum output of 431hp. Its peak torque of 550Nm is available across a very wide rev range starting at just 1,850rpm.
The standard sprint from 0-62mph takes 4.3 seconds with manual transmission, or just 4.1 seconds with the optional M DCT, while the top speed is 155mph (electronically limited). The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel economy: the combined consumption in the EU cycle is as high as 34mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 194g/km.
To maximise dynamic ability and ensure excellent efficiency, a weight loss of over 80kgs has been achieved compared to a comparably equipped predecessor model. Specific weight-saving measures include the increased use of lightweight materials: both models now feature a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof.
The standard transmission specified is a six-speed manual gearbox which uses innovative new carbon friction linings in its synchroniser rings. The gearbox blips the throttle on downshifts - previously a feature reserved for the M Double Clutch Transmission - improving the smoothness of the driving experience and helping to enhance stability.
The optional transmission is the third-generation M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT). As well as changing gear automatically, in manual mode it enables ultra-fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power. The integrated Launch Control function ensures optimum sprinting performance off the line. In addition, the system allows for a range of extra features, including Stability Clutch Control, which opens the clutch when the car is understeering to bring it back into line, and also the selectable Drivelogic modes that give the BMW M3 more comfortable, more economy-focused or even sportier characteristics depending on driver choice.
The Active M Differential makes a considerable contribution to the dynamics. With further weight-savings thanks to hollow, and hence lighter, output shafts, the Active M Differential uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential to optimise traction and directional stability.
The electromechanical steering system represents a new development from BMW M. The integrated M Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of steering assistance according to the car’s speed. The system offers the driver three settings as standard, which can be selected at the touch of a button: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes allow the level of steering assistance to be adapted to suit any given situation and the driver’s personal tastes.
The standard new BMW M Compound brakes boast impressive feel, outstanding stopping power and a high resistance to fade. Far lighter than conventional equivalents, they contribute to a substantial reduction in unsprung masses. Even lighter BMW M Carbon ceramic brakes can be specified as an option - gold callipers denote their fitment.
Standard equipment includes technical features such as Adaptive M suspension, 19-inch M light alloy wheels and front and rear PDC; comfort items such as the heated and electric BMW M seats and exterior-folding mirrors; aesthetic features such as High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and finally the full BMW Professional Media package with upgraded Bluetooth system.
The bespoke front seats take inspiration from the bucket seats fitted in racing cars, and feature a full-size single-piece back panel. This means the construction of the seats is very flat, while the high, width-adjustable side bolsters and low-set seat surface allow an ideal seating position and provide excellent support. Despite this, these BMW M seats also include electric adjustment and heating as standard. On the seat surface, the stitching, upholstery segmentation and perforation lend the seats a slim-fitting feel, whilst the BMW M logo on the seat is illuminated for the first time.
|Model||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||0-62mph (secs)||Top speed (mph)||Combined (mpg)||CO 2 emissions (g/km)|
|BMW M4 Coupe||431||550||4.3 (4.1)||155 (155)||32.1 (34.0)||204 (194)|
BMW M4 Convertible launched
The BMW M4 Convertible goes on sale in the UK on 6 September 2014, priced at £60,730 OTR.
Powered by the same 431hp in-line six-cylinder engine as the M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé, the Convertible offers the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission. The M4 Convertible exhibits all the hallmarks of a car created by BMW’s high-performance specialists – lightweight engineering, carefully honed aerodynamics, advanced race-derived chassis tuning and electronic driver assistance technologies and a sporty elegant profile, open or closed.
|Torque Nm||0 – 62mph Seconds||Top Speed Mph||Combined Mpg||CO 2 Emissions g/km|
|BMW M4 Convertible||431||550||4.6 (4.4)||155*||31.0 (32.5)||213 (203)|
|* Electronically-limited. Figures in brackets denote M DCT transmission.|
The BMW M4 Convertible derives its firepower from a high-revving six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine which benefits from technologies developed on the race track. This 2,979cc in-line six-cylinder powerhouse, developed by BMW M, features two mono-scroll turbochargers.
Huge reserves of torque peaking at 550Nm are available from just 1,850rpm – exactly the point at which maximum power of 431hp is attained. This is then maintained until 7,300rpm. Maximum engine revolutions are 7,600rpm. All of this means the M4 Convertible delivers a seemingly never-ending surge from little more than engine tickover to the electronically restricted top speed of 155mph. The zero to 62mph sprint is achieved in 4.6 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox, or 4.4 seconds with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission.
The £2,645 optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission effectively combines two gearboxes, each with its own clutch. Shifts are therefore completed with no interference to the power delivery, enhancing both performance and efficiency. Gear shifting can be fully automatic or via the selector lever or steering column-mounted paddles. Drivelogic allows the driver to choose more sporting or more comfort-oriented shifting programmes while in automatic mode, and the seven-speed M DCT transmission also incorporates Launch Control to ensure the fastest-possible acceleration from standstill.
As a result, the M4 Convertible’s high performance is balanced by its low fuel consumption andemissions. In manual form the new model is capable of 31mpg withemissions of 213g/km, while with the quick-shifting seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission these improve to 32.5mpg and 203g/km of CO2.
The BMW M4 Convertible will be offered with an extensive specification in the UK. Standard equipment, in addition to Adaptive M suspension and 19-inch M light alloy wheels, will include the BMW Professional media package, upgraded Bluetooth and USB, front and rear Park Distance Control, Folding exterior mirrors and heated front seats.
BMW M4 GTS launched
It is the fastest production road car the brand has ever offered to customers. Developed and tested extensively it has recorded a lap time of 7mins 28 secs – almost 30 seconds quicker than a standard M4.
Unique exterior design elements demonstrate the performance credentials of the car, and include the world premiere of BMW’s Organic Light with LED (OLED) lighting technology on a series-production model. Inside, the rear bench has been completely removed to save weight, leaving two carbon-fibre sports seats.
Under the bonnet is an enhanced version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine, tuned to deliver 500PS. The result is a car which accelerates from zero to 62mph in only 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed limited to 190mph.
With its intelligent lightweight design, the new BMW M4 GTS has a kerb weight of only 1,510kg. It has been engineered to provide a truly authentic motorsport-derived driving experience, agile and potent in every way. With precision handling and unprecedented levels of feedback, it is focused on track use, but meets all global regulations for use on public roads.
The car’s one-year production run will see just 700 examples built worldwide, with UK sales of 30 units. That equates to four per cent of the total, making Britain the fourth-largest market. Production will begin in March 2016 with launch scheduled for June 2016. The UK price is £121,770 OTR.
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Enhancements for BMW M4 introduced
For 2017, the BMW M4 coupe and convertible have a new look. Both come as standard with LED headlights, the Icon Adaptive LED headlights with hexagonal graphics being optionally available. New 3D LED rear lights also freshen up appearances and add technical appeal.
Both BMW M4 models feature new-look, illuminated M4 emblems on the front seats, with chrome and electroplated detailing, along with double stitching on the instrument panel. The list of standard options for the BMW M4 Coupé and BMW M4 Convertible also includes the Professional navigation system with new user interface, ConnectedDrive services and enhanced Bluetooth, complete with inductive charging of mobile phones and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Since spring 2016, BMW M GmbH has also been offering a Competition Package for both M4 body variants that brings out their dynamic character to an even greater degree. As well as measures to hone their handling properties and a variety of exclusive equipment features, the package also includes a 19hp power hike to 450hp. Combined fuel consumption for the BMW M4 Coupé is 32.1mpg), with CO2 emissions of 204g/km: the BMW M4 Convertible’s fuel consumption, meanwhile, is 31.0mpg, with CO2 emissions of 213g/km.
With the BMW M4’s extra power comes even sharper dynamics. When the optional seven- speed M Double-Clutch Transmission is specified, the BMW M4 Coupé races from zero to 62mph in just 4.0 seconds (4.2 secs with the manual gearbox), while the BMW M4 Convertible takes 4.3 seconds (4.5 secs) to hit the same mark. The model variants with six-speed manual transmission also shave 0.1 seconds off the time of the same model without the Competition Package.
As part of 2017 model update measures, the Competition Package is now available with the option of new forged 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Star-spoke 666 M style, in black, which complement the high-gloss black exterior components that form part of the Competition Package.
BMW M Performance Accessories are also now optionally available for the first time for the M4 Coupé and Convertible, as well as the M3 Saloon. Customers can now select four individual packages, adding key styling components that bring an even sportier dynamic appearance to both the inside and outside of their vehicle.
The Exterior Carbon package, priced at £3,000 for the M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé, comprises carbon styling components such as front and lower trims, rear diffuser and spoiler, all formed with unique carbon fibre for a true motorsports appearance. The Exterior Carbon package is also available for the M4 Convertible (£2,500) with the front and lower trims, as well as the rear diffuser.
Customers can also specify the Carbon Mirror package (£400), which adds unique carbon fibre mirrors, while the Black Exterior Package (£500, standard models only) adds black kidney grilles, side bars and exhaust tips.
The interior also gets an upgrade with the Carbon Interior pack (£850), featuring an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon fibre inlays, plus a gear surround and selector that feature the same carbon fibre finish.
BMW M4 30 Jahre Edition launched
Limited to 30 vehicles in the UK, this limited edition model builds on the M Competition Package available for the BMW M4 Convertible. The open-top four-seater has a maximum output of 450PS, an M exhaust system, adaptive M suspension with specific SPORT mode and a sports configuration of the stability control system DSC and the Active M differential.
With a choice of two body colours for the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre - the Macao Blue metallic pays tribute to the open-top high-performance car’s debut over three decades ago and the Frozen Dark Grey Metallic boasts a rich sporting heritage and is available exclusively in the UK.
Standard features for the edition model include BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trims for the BMW kidney grille surround, the M side gills, the model lettering and the forged M light alloys boasting a star-spoke design. The 20-inch wheels come in the colour Orbit Grey matt offered exclusively for the edition model.
The Merino full leather trim, the colour scheme of which matches the desired vehicle body paintwork, characterises the interior of the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. In conjunction with the exterior colours Macao Blue or Frozen Dark Grey Metallic, there is a choice of the two-tone colour combinations Black/Fjord Blue and Black/Silverstone.
Other interior features include contrast stitching on the headrests as well as M floor mats with piping in the respective contrasting colour. The interior trim is finished in carbon fibre which comes as standard for both edition model variants.
BMW M4 M Heritage Edition announced
Limited to 75 units in the UK, the BMW M4 M Heritage Edition is now on sale with prices to be confirmed.
Available to UK customers in three striking colours (Laguna Seca Blue, Velvet Blue metallic and Imola Red), the M Heritage Edition will be powered by the same 450PS straight-six engine as the standard car.
Further cosmetic upgrades include a decorative strip in BMW M Colours on the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof. It's also fitted with unique 20-inch M light alloy wheels inished in matt Orbit Grey.
The interior features model-specific Full Merino M leather seats in a bicolour design. Each seat colour is oriented towards the exterior paint and is complemented by partly bicoloured contrast stitching. In conjunction with the unique exterior colours, the seats come in Silverstone/Black with turquoise stitching when the car is finished in Laguna Seca Blue or Velvet Blue and Orange when the car is finished in Velvet Blue. The Imola Red Edition models feature a Bicolour Red and Black interior which is complemented by exclusive red and yellow contrast stitching.
The exclusive colour scheme continues with a unique carbon fibre interior trim designed exclusively for the BMW M4 M Heritage Edition. Both the interior trim and the door sills bear emblems with the imprints “Edition ///M Heritage” and “1/750” as an indication of the limited run of this model. The lettering “///M Heritage” – in turquoise, orange or red respectively – is also embossed on the front driver and passenger seat headrests.
The BMW M4 M Heritage Edition is on sale from 3 September 2019 with full pricing details to follow. Deliveries are expected to commence from November 2019.
Latest fuel and emissions figures for BMW M4 Coupé fuel consumption combined: 10.0 – 9.3 l/100 km (28.2-30.4mpg) ; combined CO 2 emissions: 227 – 213 g/km