- Drivetrain Layout:
- Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
- 3.0 liter Inline-6
- 425 bhp
- 406 lb.-ft
- 3300 pounds
- Base: $64125
June 9, 2014. Road America-Today BMW unleashed their new M4 coupes on the motoring press. Less weight, more power (425 hp) and an even better chassis add up to the best BMWs we have ever driven. Going all out on the full 4.1 mile Road America course, arguably the nation’s fastest and longest race track, we were amazed at the abilities these new coupes and sedans provide.
Listening to criticism about fuel economy, weight and styling on more recent M3 models, BMW went back to the drawing board and came up with an all-new M4 coupe (the sedan version is still called the M3).
BMW tells us the new M4 coupe weighs 180 pounds less than its bulky predecessor. We all know that losing weight is one of the best all-around performance improvements that can be made on a car.
Equipment levels, specs and dimensions are nearly identical on the new coupe and five-passenger sedans; the prices are not. The base price for the M3 sedan is $62,925 and M4 coupe runs $64,125. While not cheap, little else in this price range offers this level of performance.
Both cars come with a mostly new 3.0 liter twin-turbo, inline six-cylinder engine which is actually a derivation of the engine found in the discontinued 1M. It offers 406 lb.-ft. of torque to go with the aforementioned 425 horsepower.
Transmission choices include a light-weight, modified six-speed manual box from the 1M and an optional seven-speed, DCT (dual-clutch) semi automatic which works exceedingly well, even when subjected to vigorous track use.
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