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2021 BMW M4 Coupe

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  • BMW M4 Coupe
  • Year:
    2021
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    473
  • Torque @ RPM:
    479
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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Unlike the BMW M3, which just arrived in sixth-generation (G80) form, the BMW M4 comes from a family tree that goes all the way back to…2014. The first-generation F82 M4 arrived only six years ago, and while it has made a name for itself in the premium luxury coupe segment, it was evident that the F82 needed to give way to its successor. Enter the all-new, second-generation BMW M4 (G82). The hype surrounding the 2021 M4 G82 didn’t come without any trepidation, thanks in large part to the polarizing kidney grille that it now shares with a lot of Bimmer’s more recent models. But don’t get bogged down by that detail because the G82 M4 has plenty to offer. It comes in two forms like its predecessor — base and Competition — and it’s available with features and options (all-wheel-drive on the M4 Competition) that should make the next-gen coupe a strong challenger in its segment for years to come.

 

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Is This BMW M4 Slaughtered or Innovation At Its Finest?

Is This BMW M4 Slaughtered or Innovation At Its Finest?

We’re inclined to believe it’s the second

BMW kind of broke the internet with the new M3 and M4. By slapping the sedan and coupe with the bucktooth grille introduced by the 4 Series, the Bavarians did enough to spark a lot of controversy among gearheads.

Since then, we’ve seen tuning companies trying to capitalize on BMW’s grille by offering kits that decrease those vertical kidneys to more eye-friendly proportions and even big-name designers giving their two cents on it. But maybe the problem wasn’t the grille, but the rest of the car. Maybe the M4 looks better with a more utilitarian vibe to it.

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BMW Motorsport Recognizes M4 GT4 Success Story With Raft Of New Color Schemes

BMW Motorsport Recognizes M4 GT4 Success Story With Raft Of New Color Schemes

BMW’s baby racer has been stacking up trophies for a couple of years already, reason enough for BMW Motorsport to celebrate

BMW’s Motorsport division has been building race cars for nearly five decades and the current M4 GT4 is undoubtedly one of the all-time stars. Bagging titles all over the world including in Europe, North-America, and Asia, the M4 GT4 is now approaching the end of its third full season of active competition and BMW has decided to mark the occasion by creating a raft of new liveries for the 450-horsepower race car based on the F82-generation M4 Coupe.

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Here's the BMW M3 and M4 Redesigned Yet Again - Maybe BMW Should Listen

Here’s the BMW M3 and M4 Redesigned Yet Again - Maybe BMW Should Listen

Chip Foose redesigns the BMW M4 grille, but does it look better?

The latest BMW M3 and M4 sports compacts are the most powerful of their kind, but they’re also highly controversial due to a single design feature: the kidney grille. Not just wider than before, the grille also extends all the way to the bottom of the front fascia. This design cue alone makes the M3 and M4 looks significantly different than their predecessor, despite the rest of the car many of the old features. American car design Chip Foose also thinks that the M3 and M4 look a bit strange, so he did his own version of BMW’s new kidney grille.

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Sing Praise to Prior Design As They Fix the BMW M4's Grille

Sing Praise to Prior Design As They Fix the BMW M4’s Grille

BMW’s bucktooth grille design leaves a lot of room for tuners to fill in

It’s safe to say that BMW’s new take on the front grille for the 4 Series, M3, and M4 has rapidly split its fan base in two camps. Even we raised a lot of eyebrows while looking at the press photos but a recent first contact review with the 4 Series taught us that the loathed grille looks a lot better in the metal.

Still, this aspect hasn’t stopped Prior Design from developing a fix for those wanting a more traditional grille approach on their M4.

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2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

2021 BMW M4 Competition x Kith

BMW shows its fashionable side with the help of a popular U.S.-based lifestyle brand

Not one to be in the dark in the world of fashion, BMW has launched a collaboration with New York-based fashion and lifestyle brand Kith to create a limited edition version of the 2021 BMW M4 Competition.

Called the M4 Competition x Kith, the special edition performance coupe comes with a host of exclusive features and details that highlights the partnership between the German automaker and the American lifestyle brand. The M4 Competition x Kith is limited to just 150 units, all of which are earmarked for the global market. Each unit comes with a starting price of $110,000.

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BMW's New Kidney Grille Doesn't Look as Bad on the All-New M4 As We Thought

BMW’s New Kidney Grille Doesn’t Look as Bad on the All-New M4 As We Thought

It’s a hot take, but a take nonetheless

The 2021 BMW M4 has arrived, and, as expected, it has brought BMW’s new — and controversial — kidney grille with it. But while most, us included, have been quick to lampoon the oversized grille, Bimmer has been hard at work trying to make it look presentable. Well, the new M4 is here, equally new kidney grille-included, and while it looks as polarizing as we expected it to be, it doesn’t look as bad as we thought it would be. It’s still going to take some getting used to, and we suspect it’ll take a long time for some people, but the good news is that the oversized kidney grille doesn’t ruin the overall visual integrity of the new M4 — and the new M3, for that matter. Bimmer’s new sports coupe still looks as ravishing as ever, and it helps, too, that every other aspect of the coupe remains true to its incomparable performance roots.

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Manhart MH4 GTR One-Off

Manhart MH4 GTR One-Off

Special edition BMW M4 gets the Manhart treatment

BMW’s M4 DTM Champion Edition is a rare breed of a car. Introduced in 2006 to celebrate Marco Wittmann’s DTM championship win, the M4 DTM Champion Edition was as incredible as it was limited. Only 200 examples exist, but all 200 were developed not only to look more aggressive than the previous-generation M4 but, more importantly, to be much more powerful.

The 493-horsepower M4 DTM Champion Edition was a beast, but even beasts can grow bigger claws. That’s where Manhart Racing comes into the fold. The German tuner known for its impressive programs for BMW models has prepared a tuning program for the special edition M4. The kit includes new wheels, interior upgrades, and, of course, a software tune to the coupe’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine.

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You'll Crave the Normal Kidney Grille After Seeing This Render of the BMW M4

You’ll Crave the Normal Kidney Grille After Seeing This Render of the BMW M4

Is a smaller grille better for the new BMW M4?

The new-generation BMW M4 arrived with many firsts for the nameplate. It generates more than 500 horsepower in Competition trim, it’s available with ventilated seats, and it can also be fitted with an all-wheel-drive system. But it’s also the first of its kind to feature a massive kidney grille that stretches over the entire height of the front fascia, a design feature that’s controversial, to say the least. Not a fan of the new grille? Well, here’s how the new-generation M4 looks like with a regular grille from the standard 3 Series.

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M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further

M Performance Parts for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 Take Extreme Even Further

If stock isn’t your thing and you don’t trust tuners, M Performance could be the best compromise

The M3 and M4 cats are out of the bag. Both of them get a twin-turbo inline-six first introduced by the X3 and X4 M crossovers and both can deliver up to 503 horsepower in Competition trim. Standard stuff aside, BMW is letting customers spice up its polarizing coupe and sedan with a long list of M Performance bits and bobs.

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The 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Prove That More Power Doesn't Mean More Speed

The 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Prove That More Power Doesn’t Mean More Speed

The new M3 and M4 brothers aren’t too different from their predecessors performance-wise, but will make a difference in other areas

The much-awaited 2021 BMW M3 and 2021 BMW M4 are out of the bag and aimed directly at the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan and coupe. Affalterbach’s heavy hitters offer ridiculous levels of performance thanks to a beautifully engineered V-8, but the Bavarians look ready to hit back with a souped-up inline-six mill, just like the previous generation, only with more more yet similar performance.

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The BMW M3 And M4 Can Finally Be Optioned With AWD

The BMW M3 And M4 Can Finally Be Optioned With AWD

Following the footsteps of the BMW M5, the 2021 M3 and 2021 M4 get a smart all-wheel drive setup for the first time ever

All-wheel drive has come a long way since its inception. In fact, it evolved to such an extent that it has become synonymous with performance, be it delivered by a supercar, sports car, or hypercar. BMW’s own stable is a good place to observe how AWD is trickling down Munich’s performance lineup. After the current M5, the new M3 and M4 also get the M xDrive treatment.

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2021 BMW M4 Competition

2021 BMW M4 Competition

The 2021 BMW M4 Competition hits the ground with 503 horsepower and optional AWD

The 2021 BMW M4 Competition is a higher-performance version of the second-generation M4. A successor to the old M4 Competition, this nameplate is no longer a limited-edition model, but it has been included in the lineup alongside the regular M4. BMW is pretty adopting the same strategy as Mercedes-Benz, which offers two power versions of the C 63 S Coupe. An evolutionary design of the previous model on the outside, the 2021 M4 Competition introduces a new, massive front kidney grille and a twin-turbo inline-six engine rated at an impressive 503 horsepower. Not just the most powerful M4 ever built, surpassing the old M4 GTS, the 2021 M4 Competition is also the first M4 model to feature an all-wheel-drive system.

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The 2021 BMW M4 Goes AWD, Packs Up to 503 Horsepower And Massive Grille

The 2021 BMW M4 Goes AWD, Packs Up to 503 Horsepower And Massive Grille

The 2021 BMW M4 is still available with a manual, but now you can add AWD

The second-generation BMW M4, the coupe version of the M3, just debuted for the 2021 model year. As previewed by spy shots of camouflaged or even camo-free prototypes, the high-performance two-door features a pair of oversized kidney grilles in the front, a significant change compared to the outgoing model.

But the 2021 BMW M4 brings other premiers to the nameplate. It’s the first of its kind to be offered in two power stages, as well as the first M4 available with an optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Previously a mid-cycle update, the M4 Competition is now part of the M4 lineup as a range-topping model. Rated at 503 horsepower, it’s the most powerful M4 ever built.

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Check Out These Spy Shots for the Next-Gen BMW M4 GTS!

Check Out These Spy Shots for the Next-Gen BMW M4 GTS!

Hotter BMW M4 spotted on public roads and it could be a new GTS

BMW has yet to introduce the next-generation M4, but it’s already working on a beefed-up version of the upcoming coupe. Our paparazzi just sent us a couple of photos showing a camouflaged BMW M4 that looks notably different than the production model that will debut later this year. Specifically, it features a center-mounted exhaust system and, more importantly, a rear wing. This can only mean one thing: we’re looking at the upcoming BMW M4 GTS.

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BMW M4 Coupe and GT3 Teased - Is The M4 GT3 The Definition of Ugly?

BMW M4 Coupe and GT3 Teased - Is The M4 GT3 The Definition of Ugly?

These Teasers Pretty Much Show Us What the M4 Will Look Like

The 2021 BMW M4 is coming, and BMW is giving us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the new model when it arrives in September. We’ve only seen the new M4 in heavy camo, but a fresh batch of photos taken from the Red Bull Ring during the Moto GP round in Austria shows the new M4 — and the M4 GT3 — clad in what can only be described as loose clothing.

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A New Leaked Image Reveals That The 2021 BMW M4 Will Somehow Be Uglier Than the Base Model

A New Leaked Image Reveals That The 2021 BMW M4 Will Somehow Be Uglier Than the Base Model

In a weird turn of events the 2021 BMW M440i looks better and more aggressive than the upcoming M4

Outside of the various spy shots of the BMW M4 (they were confirmed to be legitimate by BMW, by the way) the 2021 BMW M4 has been a well-kept secret. We knew it would have the big grille, especially after the 4 Series made its debut earlier this week, but we were expecting the M4 to be a little more aggressive than the M440i. Sadly, that’s not the case and, to be honest, the M4 is apparently aiming to show that BMW’s new look can get even uglier. These really are interesting times that we’re living in.

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Tuned Toyota Supra Vs BMW M4: Which One Wins the Drag Race?

Tuned Toyota Supra Vs BMW M4: Which One Wins the Drag Race?

This is one of the closest duels you would’ve seen in recent times

Look what Carwow has for us today; a BMW M4 and a BMW Supra. Sorry, Toyota Supra. The Supra was revived last year but it has received polarizing opinions. On paper, the M4 is a more powerful car, so these folks use a tuned version of the Toyota Supra that makes almost the same horses as the M4, but a lot more torque. Going purely by specs, the Supra should be winning, but does the M4 have what it takes to beat the Japanese-German wunderkind?

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2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

Unlike the BMW M3, which just arrived in sixth-generation (G80) form, the BMW M4 comes from a family tree that goes all the way back to…2014. The first-generation F82 M4 arrived only six years ago, and while it has made a name for itself in the premium luxury coupe segment, it was evident that the F82 needed to give way to its successor. Enter the all-new, second-generation BMW M4 (G82). The hype surrounding the 2021 M4 G82 didn’t come without any trepidation, thanks in large part to the polarizing kidney grille that it now shares with a lot of Bimmer’s more recent models. But don’t get bogged down by that detail because the G82 M4 has plenty to offer. It comes in two forms like its predecessor — base and Competition — and it’s available with features and options (all-wheel-drive on the M4 Competition) that should make the next-gen coupe a strong challenger in its segment for years to come.

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Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63

Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63

We don’t even care who wins, really

Carwow’s back at drag racing cars with another special episode. This time, Mat Watson takes the current BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 and pits them against the BMW E90 M3 and Mercedes-Benz W204 C63 AMG. As a bonus, the Lexus RC F Track Edition joins this German-only affair. Here’s how it all went down.

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2021 BMW M4 Convertible

2021 BMW M4 Convertible

The sporty drop-top returns with more than 500 horsepower

The 2021 BMW M4 Convertible is the upcoming, next-generation version of the company’s beefed-up compact drop-top. Set to be unveiled alongside the Coupe, the 2021 M4 Convertible will share almost all exterior features with the hard-top model, save for changes necessary to accommodate a folding roof.

Likely based on the BMW Concept 4, the 2021 M4 Convertible will probably feature the massive front grille seen on the show car. Like most recent M-badged models, the 2021 M4 Convertible will most likely arrive with two engine options, with the more powerful version called M4 Competition. Let’s find out more about the upcoming convertible in the speculative review below.

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2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know

2021 BMW M3/M4: All You Need to Know

Best believe that the new M3 and its coupé sibling the M4 are coming. Here’s what we know about them

BMW confirmed that the next-generation G80 M3 and G82 M4 will see daylight in 2020, but hasn’t offered an exact launch date. Some say it could happen at the Geneva Motor Show, while some say a mid-2020 debut is also quite likely, but then it should entail a private, BMW-centric event of sorts. Or maybe the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then? Either way, sales will kick off in early 2021.

As usual, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about the incoming BMW M3/M4 duo, such as price, the said launch date, and, most importantly, performance figures. So we focused on what we know about the new M3 and M4 and what we expect BMW to offer for the two.

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The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question

The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question

There are certain things BMW M won’t do – this is the list

M brand wouldn’t be so special. Likewise, BMW M can’t do the same thing to every single car, or it can have negative effects on the lineup as well, in one way or another. That is why there won’t be a BMW M1 beyond the M135i or a manual M5.

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BMW M3 and M4 Leaks are Real, But Both Models Are Far From Making Their Debut

BMW M3 and M4 Leaks are Real, But Both Models Are Far From Making Their Debut

There’s going to be a wait if you want a new M3 or M4

Remember those leaked images of the BMW M3 and M4 that we saw on the production line last week? Well, BMW M President, Markus Flasch, has confirmed that they were legitimate and that they were, indeed, pre-production models. However, he also went on to say that there’s more than a year to wait before they go on sale.

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2019 BMW M4 Heritage Edition

2019 BMW M4 Heritage Edition

One last toast to the F82-generation BMW M4, and one last special edition model to go with it

As BMW prepares to give the current-generation M4 its proper swan song, the German automaker is rolling out what is probably one of the last special edition models of the F82-generation M4. It’s called the BMW M4 Heritage Edition, and while it’s offered exclusively as a coupe — the M4 Convertible doesn’t get any love — the Heritage Edition exudes all the qualities you’d want from a proper M4, right down to all the M-spec goodies included in the exterior and interior of the special edition M4. Only 750 units of the BMW M4 Heritage will be made. It’s tabbed as a global model so the U.S. market is expected to receive a healthy share of the allocation. There’s no word on how many will make it stateside — or how much each unit is going to cost — but we should expect more details on that front to arrive before production starts at the end of the year. If the M4 Heritage Edition ends up being the last special edition model that’s based on the F82-generation M4 Coupe, then consider it a proper send-off.

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Sterckenn's Carbon Fiber Aero Parts Will Style Up Your BMW

Sterckenn’s Carbon Fiber Aero Parts Will Style Up Your BMW

They’re available for the M5, M2 Competition, and 5 Series

Getting the right mix when it comes to tuning your car shouldn’t be regarded superficially. We mean, there are, and there will be a lot of bad examples of tuning exercises that rather destroy a car’s general appearance instead of boosting it, so you really don’t want to be that guy. Luckily, with companies such as Europe-based Sterckenn, pimping out your ride doesn’t have to turn into a full-on ricer job. In fact, their aero parts are so discrete that the rest of the car will stand out once you’ve fitted them in.

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BMW's New S58 Engine from the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Will Eventually Power the Next-Gen M2, M3, and M4

BMW’s New S58 Engine from the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Will Eventually Power the Next-Gen M2, M3, and M4

The X3 M’s six-cylinder will find its way into BMW’s high-performance sedans and coupes

The first-ever M versions of the X3 and X4 broke cover somewhat unexpectedly in February 2019, joining the larger X5 M and X6 Mto complete BMW’s four-vehicle lineup of beefed-up SUVs. And, while the X3 M, the first of its kind in 16 years, is big news, there’s even bigger news under its hood, where BMW dropped a brand-new high-performance engine. It’s called the S58 and replaces the already iconic S55.

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Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?

Is the RC F finally a worthy competitor?

The Lexus RC has been around since 2014 and the Japanese luxury firm finally designed a track-prepped version. It’s called the RC F Track Edition and it’s more than an accessories package. But is it really a track-ready sports car, a coupe that can give the likes of the BMW M4 GTS a run for its money? Let’s find out in the quick comparo below.

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Watch a BMW M3 Competition Take On a BMW M4 CS

Watch a BMW M3 Competition Take On a BMW M4 CS

It’s a high-speed straight-line Bavarian showdown

The BMW M3 Competition and BMW M4 CS might look pretty much identical, but put them side by side in a drag race, and there’s one very clear winner.

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The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD

The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD

When the manual transmission dies, it will die in the M4

Speculation that the next BMW M3 and M4 would not come with a manual transmission has been dispelled. Both upcoming Motorsport versions of the

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and 4-Series models will indeed have a six-speed stick shift, and they will even offer the option of all-wheel drive.

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Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Does battery power make it the spawn of satan?

The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini... does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?

With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.

Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.

All this got us thinking - which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?

Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.

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Why Did we Just Spy the BMW M4 GTS on the Nurburgring?

Why Did we Just Spy the BMW M4 GTS on the Nurburgring?

If it’s an upgraded version, it could have more than 500 horsepower!

When BMW updated the M4 for the 2018 model year, output was increased by a measly six horsepower to a new total of 431 horses, and it looks like the Germans could make up for that with a more extreme version of theM4 GTS. Our paparazzi spotted a new GTS prototype on the Nurburgring, and it looks as if BMW built a more aggressive aerodynamic package.

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Video of the Day: BMW Wants to Show You How to Use a Dual-Clutch Transmission

Video of the Day: BMW Wants to Show You How to Use a Dual-Clutch Transmission

In case you didn’t know, it’s not really an automatic transmission

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding dual-clutch transmissions. It’s only to be expected considering it’s a relatively new technology. The truth is, the DCT isn’t really an automatic transmission, and it isn’t really a manual transmission either. It’s a blend between the two. Sure, there’s no clutch pedal but, in fairness, some models don’t have a real “park” position either. As far as BMW’s DCT goes, it’s one of those that doesn’t have a park position, but it doesn’t use a torque converter like traditional automatic transmission either. And, that’s where the confusion comes in. See, BMW’s DCT doesn’t even start rolling right away as an automatic would. It has what the brand refers to as low-speed assist, which means that you tap the gas and it creeps along at a couple of miles per hour. If you come to a stop and let off the gas, it will simply sit there in a neutral-like state. Furthermore, the transmission will automatically shift into “park” when the engine is shut off.

I know, that description doesn’t really help the confusion, does it? Well, lucky for you, BMW has put together a video to help you understand just how well it works. Unfortunately, the man in front of the camera isn’t speaking English, so you’ll have to read subtitles, but that’s okay because it’s certainly worth the read. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2015- 2018 BMW M4 Coupe

Wallpaper of the Day: 2015- 2018 BMW M4 Coupe

You really can’t argue with a car like the BMW M4 Coupe. It’s got style, power, technology, and we’re willing to bet the girls like it to. So, make it your wallpaper for the day — it’s worth it, don’t you think?

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2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre

From the roots of the BMW M3 Convertible, the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre looks incredible

Back in 1988, BMW decided to chop off the roof of a BMW M3. Unthinkable at that time, the decision turned out to be a good one for Bimmer because 30 years later, it’s actually celebrating that decision with the launch of the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. The M4 Convertible 30 Jahre follows a long line of models that have been given the “Jahre” treatment. For those who don’t know, “Jahre” is a German word that means “years” in English. In BMW’s case, it’s made a habit of releasing special editions of models celebrating their 30th anniversary, or as it likes to call them, 30 Jahre. The M5 got one in 2014. The M6 got one in 2016. Most recently, the 7 Series got the 30 Jahre treatment last year. Now it’s the BMW M4 Convertible’s turn, which itself is odd because the 4 Series didn’t come to existence until 2013 when it was packaged as the coupé and convertible versions of the 3 Series. Follow that thought, and you’ll realize that the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre is actually a 30th-anniversary tribute to the M3 Convertible.

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Bad News for BMW purists: Next M3 and M4 Could Go AWD

Bad News for BMW purists: Next M3 and M4 Could Go AWD

Is this the end of the traditional M3?

First introduced in 1985, the BMW M3 quickly became known as "the ultimate driving machine." The German brand exploited the term for more than three decades now, but a lot of BMW enthusiasts agree that the newer M3 and M4 are no longer the driver’s car that the first generation cars used to be, mostly due to being loaded with too much technology and driver aids. Whether this is true or not is a matter of how you look at modern sports cars, but old-school gearheads won’t be happy to learn that the next-generation M3 and M4 could go all-wheel-drive.

The news comes from Car Magazine, which claims that the M3 is set to take the same path as the M5, which was recently unveiled with standard all-wheel-drive. Since the M3 and M4 share the same underpinnings, the two-door coupe will also distribute power to all corners. As BMW pointed it out a few months back, the new-generation M5 was first engineered as a traditional, RWD sedan. But the company soon realized that the M5 didn’t handle longitudinal acceleration, and it decided to go with an all-wheel-drive layout. With the next-generation M3 looking to push the envelope well beyond that of the current model, AWD is likely to become a viable option for the compact too.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2017 BMW M4 By Alpha-N Performance

2017 BMW M4 By Alpha-N Performance

German tuner is back with another tuning take on Bimmer’s popular sports coupe

Alpha-N Performance certainly has a fascination for the BMW M2. It’s developed at least three different iterations of its program for the entry-level M car. If anything, the German tuner is proving that it’s an equal-opportunity purveyor of tuning upgrades for Bimmer models. This latest program is actually for the M4, just like the previous program, the M4 CRT. The only difference is this new program is a little more mainstream in nature with significant power improvements leading the way.

All told, Alpha-N Performance’s new kit for the M4 has 560 horsepower on tap. It doesn’t sound significant compared to the 700 horsepower that fellow tuner Carbonfiber Dynamics is offering, but it’s actually 40 horses more than what it offered on the M4 CRT kit. Just as important is the overall makeup of the kit. The power gains may get the headlines – and rightfully so – but the kit also features an aerodynamic body kit, new Recaro sports seats for the interior, a new set of wheels, and in case anybody’s interested, some attention-grabbing livery that screams the name of the tuner. There are some hits and misses on this kit, as is the case for most tuning programs, but the core needs are there to make it an attractive choice among those who are looking to get more out of their M4s.

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2018 BMW M4 CS

2018 BMW M4 CS

Munich revives name from the past for limited-edition M4

Introduced in 2013, the 4 Series is one of the company’s newest nameplates and marked the end of the 3 Series Coupe, which it replaced in the brand’s catalog. The renamed two-door also adopted a new, evolutionary design inside and out, and received a lineup of brand-new and revised engines. The high-performance version was also rebadged from the M3 Coupe to the M4 and ditched the naturally aspirated V-8 engine for a turbocharged, inline-six powerplant. The M4 also brought the GTS badge back into showrooms in the form of a more powerful, track-focused, limited edition model. In 2017, the German brand launched yet another limited-edition, high-performance variant, the M4 CS.

The "CS" badge dates back to the late 1960s, when it was used for a more powerful version of the then-new BMW E9. At first called the 2000 CS, it later evolved into the 2800 CS, 3.0 CS, and 2.5 CS. The 3.0 CS spawned the iconic 3.0 CSL, a lighter, homologation special that went on to become BMW’s most iconic race car. The CSL name returned in 2004 for the M3 Coupe and it was once again brought back into the spotlight in 2015 with the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. Word has it that BMW dropped the L (which stands for Lightweight) from the badge since the CS isn’t significantly lighter than the standard M4 (a feature reserved for the GTS). Looks for the new M4 CS to hit dealerships by the end of the year, but don’t expect it to be around for too long. Much like the GTS, it should be sold out in a matter of months, if not weeks.

Updated 05/30/2017: BMW dropped a series of new images for the new M4 CS and we have to admit it looks even better in this cool Lime Rock Grey Metallic exterior paint.

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2017 BMW M4 GT4

2017 BMW M4 GT4

The M4 goes racing beyond DTM with a GT4-spec version

The BMW M4 came to be in 2013, when the German company unveiled its brand-new performance coupe in concept form. The introduction of the M4 marked the end of the road for the M3 Coupe, with all two-door versions of the 3 Series being moved under the new 4 Series denomination. On top of the new styling and nomenclature, the M4 also gained a new engine. The previous naturally aspirated V-8 was replaced with turbocharged inline-six with enhanced performance and fuel economy. Much like its predecessors, the M4 was also engineered for track use, spawning a successful DTM race car. However, unlike previous M3 Coupes, the M4 never made in other racing series. But things are set to change in 2018, when BMW will unleash a GT4-spec version of the two door coupe to replace the M3 GT4.

The new race car will compete in existing GT4 classes, which are included in various series in Europe, North America, and Asia. The car will be open to customer teams around the world, but will also be used to bring talented young drivers closer to the GT3 class as part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. The newly developed GT sports car has already completed its first tests at the end of 2016 and customers will be able to purchase it in 2017, just in time for the start of the 2018 racing season.

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2017 BMW M4 CRT by Alpha-N Performance

2017 BMW M4 CRT by Alpha-N Performance

For customers still dreaming of one day owning a BMW M3 CRT

The BMW E90 M3 CRT was produced in such low numbers (only 67) that finding one on the road these days is a miracle. The M3 CRT was also historic in a lot of ways because it was the last M model that used a naturally aspirated engine before BMW transitioned to forced induction engines. So with history and exclusivity on its side, it’s difficult to get your hands on an actual M3 CRT. German tuner Alpha-N Performance doesn’t exactly have one itself, but it could have the next best thing: a program for the BMW M4 that adopts a lot of the characteristics of the M3 CRT, right down to the aerodynamic and power improvements that give the sports coupe 520 horsepower.

Granted, some people may point at the recently unveiled BMW M4 CS as a descendant of the M3 CRT, making it a perfectly capable alternative to its supposed predecessor. While there may be some thin truths to that, the M4 CS, as dear ‘ol Pops points out, isn’t so much a capable, track-focused M4 as it is an overpriced M4 that tries to convince you of its exclusivity simply because it’s carrying the “CS” name. Alpha-N Performance isn’t trying to hide anything with its M4 CRT program though. The use of the “CRT” badge may be off-putting to actual owners of the limited edition M3, but give credit to the German tuner for embracing its program and giving the coupe the aftermarket modifications it feels is worthy of the CRT badge.

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The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

Buy a Porsche 911 instead

So BMW finally unveiled the M4 CS. Big whoop! I simply cannot get excited about this glorified M4. And here’s why.

While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.

So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the "L" for "lightweight" to the "CS" badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.

How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?

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The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

And it’s 10 seconds slower on the Nurburgring

Last week we saw a bunch of great cars debut at the New York Auto Show, while this week we’re going to Shanghai, China, for more new vehicles. But, while carmakers unveiled their new products in New York and Shanghai, BMW took the wraps of its latest performance car outside these auto shows. Needless to say, it’s stealing the show because this new car is the highly anticipated M4 CS.

Designed to bridge the gap between the M4 with the Competition Package and the wild M4 GTS, this Club Sport-type coupe sports a number of custom features inside and out and a tweaked inline-six engine.

On the outside, it’s heavily based on the GTS, sharing almost the same aero kit and design, sans the big rear wing. However, the limited-edition M4 comes with an exclusive front splitter made from exposed carbon-fiber and a redesigned Gurney trunk lid spoiler. It also shares the OLED taillights and the carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) engine hood and roof, which pretty much makes it an M4 GTS without the wing.

Things are of the same variety inside the cabin, with the usual M4 interior complemented by race-oriented features like M sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and pull loops on the door panels. The latter are made from compacted natural fibers and have a unique look.

Arguably the most important changes were operated under the hood, where the turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine roars to the tune of 460 horsepower. That’s 10 horses more than the M4 with the Competition Package, but 33 horses less than the M4 GTS. Hitting 60 mph with the standard dual-clutch automatic takes 3.8 seconds, a tenth-second less than the standard M4. The GTS remains the quickest at 3.7 ticks though. The top speed of the M4 CS remains locked at 174 mph, the same figure you get with the M Driver’s package. That’s 19 mph more than standard top speed of M cars, but its 15 mph below the GTS’.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely mirrors that of the M4 with the Competition Package, but the control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified. As a result, the M4 CS lapped the Nurburgring in 7:38 minutes, making it the second-quickest Bimmer on the ’Ring, after the M4 GTS, which is around 10 seconds quicker. The CS’ time is actually pretty impressive, making it as quick as the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. At the same time, it’s quicker than the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The exclusive, limited-run, M4 CS will be priced from €116,900 in Europe. U.S. pricing and availability is not yet known.

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2017 BMW M4 by G-Power

2017 BMW M4 by G-Power

German tuner pushes the ante up on its program for the popular sports coupe

Just when it seemed like the aftermarket rush for all things BMW M4 was dying down, we’re once again reminded exactly how popular the performance coupe is in the eyes of the tuning world. Yes, there’s a new tuning program available for the M4 and, in case you’re wondering about its capabilities, the German tuner is promising loads of extra juice and power to the tune of 670 horses and 560 pound-feet of torque, more than what G-Power had at its disposal with its previous kit for the same model.

This is what you get when you let a tuner like G-Power stay in the shed longer than it probably had any business of being in. It’s not just about the extra power either, although to be clear, those numbers do scream top-shelf tuning quality. It’s also about rounding out the M4’s aesthetic and handling qualities, two things we also know G-Power is adept at if you give it space and freedom to work its magic on a program.

The visuals on this program are eye-catching, to say the least, especially those 21-inch Hurricane RR forged wheels whose bleeding orange color blends into the coupe’s own body color, creating a creamsicle-like treatment that’s definitely not for the weak of heart. Let’s also not forget about the mechanical nips and tucks received by the M4, most of which are presumably done to give the coupe a more rounded driving experience, something that should come as great value for a car now packing just shy of 700 ponies under its hood.

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All BMW Brought To New York Was A Set Of Wheels

All BMW Brought To New York Was A Set Of Wheels

A surprisingly meager effort from the Bavarians

All things considered, I’d argue the 2017 New York International Auto Show turned out to be pretty decent. The list of debuts ended up including stuff that’s fast, stuff that’s fancy, and a few things that are actually kinda weird. Nevertheless, a few of the automakers in attendance didn’t really bring their A-game for 2017, including BMW. You see, the only new stuff propped up at the Bimmer booth this year was a couple sets of upgraded wheels.

That said, they are pretty nice wheels. First up are large multi-spoke rollers finished in silver and fitted to a BMW M4 Convertible. The silver color is nicely complemented by the drop-top’s Yas Marina Blue exterior, filling the flared fenders with purpose. Get them as part of the optional Competition Package.

Then there are dark, split five-spoke wheels shown on a scorching Austin Yellow M3. Finished in black, these rollers look awesome alongside the dark-colored trim on the sporty four-door, and come offered in a variety of sizes between 19 and 20 inches in diameter. The Bavarians call them 763M, and they come direct from the brand’s M tuning division.

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Will Modern Road-Going Cars be Banned from Track Days?

Will Modern Road-Going Cars be Banned from Track Days?

It’s already starting to happen....

Modern day vehicle safety systems have proven themselves to be a huge benefit since we humans are too dumb to put down the phone and pay attention to the road. We’re so out of touch with paying attention to what we’re doing that manufacturers have had to develop automatic emergency braking and even lane keep assist systems to help prevent accidents. Our lack of attention isn’t limited to just cars either – remember the people who were walking into traffic during the Pokemon Go phase? Anyway, back to the topic, these automatic safety systems are great for road use, but what about the track? Well, truth is, these safety systems pose a serious hazard and can lead to mishaps on the track. That’s why the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America has taken a huge step and banned any vehicle with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist systems from some of their track day events.

In the official announcement, it is claimed that these systems may behave in “unpredictable and undesirable ways on the racetrack.” And, it makes sense, considering these systems are designed to prevent most of the maneuvers that happen during a competitive day at the track. GVC has gone so far as to say it will ban all vehicles equipped with these systems from its HPDE events, even if they can be disabled, and that anyone showing up with a vehicle equipped with such features will be denied participation and will forfeit their entry fees.

Sounds pretty intense, and is a low-blow to those who happen to own a vehicle with said systems. But, it gets worse. This is just one chapter of one club, and chances are this will catch on, and quick, as these systems can cause accidents on the track. A lot of BMW vehicles come standard with these systems and all will by 2022, so chances of taking a new BMW to any of these events in the future is slim and none.

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2018 BMW M4 Convertible

2018 BMW M4 Convertible

Bavaria’s new performance convertible is all freshened up

When BMW rolled out the M4 at the 2014 New York Auto Show, it represented the culmination of the 3 Series splitting into two distinct models. The four-door sedan version and all of its derivatives still carried the 3 Series name, but the sportier two-door variant was renamed the the 4 Series. The latter then gave birth to the M4 performance coupe, and three years after the first M4 burst into the scene and into our welcoming arms, BMW has finally announced an update to the coupe that has turned into one BMW’s most popular models.

Like with most updated models, the M4 Convertible remains the same, at least for the most part. The convertible’s design hasn’t changed, specifically in the front and rear fascias. That said, this isn’t the same exact M4 Convertibles either. There are upgrades in place all over the car that help distinguish it from its predecessor. Some are more obvious than others, but the objectives of freshening up the M4 Convertible for a plate of new customers are all there.

So if you’re in the market for a convertible that’s getting some nice new bits and pieces here and there, the updated BMW M4 Convertible makes for a pretty compelling option. Not only does it exude the confidence and outright braggadocio of BMW’s M Division, it’s also turned itself into the face of that same division. Now that same face just got a fresh set of updates. It seems to me at least that the good just got better.

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2017 BMW M4 by Cam Shaft

2017 BMW M4 by Cam Shaft

2017 has arrived, but the BMW M4 is still a tuning favorite

If there was ever such a thing as an award for the favorite car among aftermarket tuners in 2016, the BMW M4 would win that contest, and it wouldn’t even be close. Yes, the M4 turned in one of the greatest first-year runs of any car in recent memory and it’s nice to see that the performance coupe is still in fine form in 2017, at least as far as its affinity to tuning companies are concerned. We’re barely a month into the new year and we already have Cam Shaft presenting its new program for the M4 that includes, among other items, a nice bump in power to the tune of 513 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque.

Those figures are impressive when you consider that the power gains represent an increase of just under 100 horsepower and more than 120 pound-feet of torque over the M4’s standard splits. But as nice as it is to see Cam Shaft put in the work on the coupe’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine, it’s even more comforting to know that the German tuner also worked on the M4’s exterior and suspension, two equally important sections of the car that allows it to ride and handle like the highly-touted coupe it has become.

That’s to be expected though since this is Cam Shaft we’re talking about here. The tuner has a well-chronicled list of fine tuning works in the past, including notable programs for cars ranging from the Renault Clio RS to the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. Heck it even worked on the Hummer H1 at one point. Now it’s the BMW M4’s turn to go under the watchful and innovative tuning hands of Cam Shaft and the results are what you’d expect them to be knowing what the German tuner is fully capable of.

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2018 BMW M4

2018 BMW M4

Mild update brings new headlamps graphics and new interior trim to BMW’s range-topping compact coupe

In a move of desperation to separate its sedan and coupe models, BMW decided to quit manufacturing two-door models under the 3 Series name, and instead call them the 4 Series. As such, the M3 Coupe became the M4 Coupe from model year 2012 forward. The model carried on practically unchanged for the first few years of its young life, but for the 2017 model year (2018 here in the U.S.,) BMW has brought a number of improvements to the M4 that includes LED headlights, 3D LED Taillights, and an updated navigation system as standard equipment. There is a mild power upgraded afforded as part of the facelift that increases output to 431 horsepower, a seven-horsepower increase, to go with a combined fuel economy rating of 32.1 mpg.

Of course, BMW didn’t see fit to do much in terms of visual updates, so don’t expect anything else on the outside to change outside of what I’ve already mentioned. The facelifted M4 carries on with the same front and rear fascias, as well as every single body line that emphasizes the car’s sporty character and dominant power delivery. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as the M4 was pretty damn attractive to begin with, so the few changes that come as part of this facelift should keep the model fresh through the turn of the decade when BMW will usher in the second-gen model.

Until then, however, let’s take a look at the updated model, talk a little more about it, and the competition that it’s forced to go head-to-head with in a demanding market.

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BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

Isn’t this how the 4 Series should have offered in the first place?

Prior to 2012, the 3 Series included the sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, but when BMW introduced the F30/F31-generation 3 Series, it decided to follow Audi’s footsteps and separate the 3 Series sedan from the coupe and cabriolet and began producing those body styles under the 4 Series name. With the 4 Series Coupe and Cabriolet models being introduced for the 2014 model year, it might be a little surprising to see that BMW has already given the baby of the BMW family a facelift, but for the 2017 model year (2018 model year for the U.S.,) BMW has taken the liberty of updating the sporty coupe with new looks, better technology, and even some powertrain and suspension updates to keep it fresh through the turn of the decade. Highlights include new LED exterior lights, a new front fascia, a new navigation system and instrument cluster, and some new color options inside and out.

The updated 4 Series will be available in a total of 31 different setups with a total of six different trim levels ranging from the entry-level 420i all the way up to the BMW 440i on the gasoline front and from the 420d up to the 435d xDrive for those of you who prefer oil burners. Few technical specifications for the various engines available have yet to be announced, but we know that the 420i will deliver 184 horsepower while the M44i will deliver 326 horsepower – that latter of which is a six-horsepower increase. On the diesel front, the 420d will deliver 190 horsepower while the 435d xDrive will offer up 313 horsepower. Then you’ve got the 4 Series Gran Coupe that comes with the model designation for 418d and has 150 ponies on tap. The 435d comes standard with xDrive, while it will be available as an add-on for most other models (it usually comes at a $2,000 premium over non-xDrive models)

But, it’s not all about engine and horsepower with this update. See, the updated 4 Series gets a revised suspension system that is now stiffer on the standard Coupe and Gran Coupe. While the dynamics of the suspension system have been updated for all models, including those with M Sport and Adaptive suspension. If you go with the 430 models or higher, you can opt for high-performance tires straight from the factory.

As far as looks go, all 4 Series models now come standard with LED headlights and LED fog lights as standard equipment – a big improvement over the xenon lights that came standard on the current model. And, even better yet, you’ll find restyled taillight lenses that are sportier and lit up by bright LED lights as well – a first for the 4 Series. The front fascia now features chrome trim that follows the lower edge of the fascia and wraps around the restyled fake vents that house the fog lights. Out back, a new chrome strip has been added to the slightly reworked rear fascia. As far as wheels go, there are four new wheels, three of which feature five primary spokes and one that features a dual, 10-spoke design. New exterior finishes include Snapper Rocks Blue (Shown on the M4 in the gallery) and Sunset Orange (shown on the convertible models in the gallery).

Finally, the interior gets an updated navigation system and new instrument cluster to go with an updated steering wheel. The infotainment display comes with the updated user interface that we saw in the new 5 Series in Detroit. To round out the interior updates, the dash gets double stitching while center stack trim now features gloss black trim. The trim around the power window controls and HVAC vents are not electroplated while the HVAC and CD changer controls get healthy doses of chrome. All told, that’s a lot of updates to a car that’s just a few years old, but it will surely be welcomed by Bimmer fans everywhere.

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BMW Built More M4 GTS Models Than Planned

BMW Built More M4 GTS Models Than Planned

More than 800 models of the M4 GTS were produced

Automakers overproducing special edition models is nothing new to the auto industry. It’s happened before and it’s going to continue to happen for as long as demand for these cars remain high. Besides, who really cares about a limited edition vehicle becoming slightly less limited, right?

That said, there are some exceptions, especially when it comes to models as sought after as the BMW M4 GTS. Apparently, members of the BimmerPost forum have been tracking the production of the high-performance M4 GTS based on actual VIN numbers of the cars that have already been produced. Based on the count, there are reportedly 803 units that were made of the sports car, not counting 27 more models that will be used for promotional purposes. That brings the total up to 830 models, 130 more than BMW initially intended.

A member of the forum even specified that the last non-U.S.-spec, left-hand drive M4 GTS model (VIN: K576992) was produced on October 27, 2016, while the last right-hand drive model (VIN: K577821) was produced on November 8, 2016. Finally, the last U.S.-spec model (VIN: K579111) was produced on November 28, 2016.

It’s unclear if BMW intended to overrun the production of the M4 GTS (likely) or there were some simple mistakes in counting (unlikely), what’s important is that there are more models to go around for buyers looking to score the souped-up version of the M4.

Interested buyers with deep pockets could also go online to look around different BMW dealerships all over the country that still have M4 GTS models with them. We counted 21 new or used models in Autotrader’s database, priced anywhere from $134,000 to $254,000. That tells us that there are still a handful of the 300 allocated units for the U.S. that are still looking for owners. Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of them.

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2017 BMW M4 Coupe "Wittmann" Edition

2017 BMW M4 Coupe "Wittmann" Edition

Well-deserved one-off M4 for a well-deserved champion

If you race for BMW and you win a championship, there’s a good chance that the German automaker will create a limited edition car to celebrate your conquest and for bringing honor and glory to Bavaria. Two-time DTM Driver’s Champion Marco Wittman has received this honor twice, having won the DTM championship for BMW in 2014 and 2016. The German automaker subsequently celebrated those two titles by releasing special edition M4 models, both of which went on sale in very limited quantities. But the awards just keep coming to the 26-year-old German racer and the latest one comes in the form of an M Performance-enhanced, Java Green BMW M4 that BMW gave to its title-winning driver.

To be clear, the one-off M4 Coupe is different from the M4 DTM Champion Edition that BMW launched to celebrate Wittman’s DTM driver’s title. That model will be sold in limited quantities – only 200 units – in Germany. This particular Java Green M4 is for Wittman alone. It’s a literal one-off model and he has the keys to it. It’s his.

Wittman joked that the M4 is his new “company car,” and if it is indeed that, it’s a pretty incredible one at that. Not only does it have a unique paint finish, it also has an assortment of aerodynamic bits and pieces that BMW’s M Performance division installed specifically to make the car that much more exclusive. It’s no wonder that Wittman was effusive with praise when he was handed the keys to the car, even complementing the Java Green paint finish as a color that “suits me very well.”

We’d be appreciative too if BMW built a one-off car specifically for us. Beyond the car though, the gesture is something that isn’t new to the German automaker. It’s built a lot of this special edition models for championship-winning race cars, past and present. Even Marc Marquez, the three-time Moto GP champion who doesn’t even race for BMW – he races for Repsol Honda – has been the recipient of special edition BMW cars as part of the company’s BMW M Awards in MotoGP. Marquez took ownership of a BMW M2 a few weeks after winning the M Award for the fourth time in a row, establishing his own reputation as the fastest qualifier in MotoGP.

But as nice as Marquez’s new M2 is, Wittman’s one-off M4 is a little saucier in our eyes. Translation: we like that one better.

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BMW Brings New M Performance Parts To Essen Motor Show

BMW Brings New M Performance Parts To Essen Motor Show

The M3 and M4 get loads of carbon-fiber and accessories

As the calendar year draws to an end, the Essen Motor Show comes to conclude the year of European motor shows with numerous tuning, motorsport, and track-race production models. The organizers expect more than 300,000 visitors to come to the exhibition halls at Essen’s Grugapark, which will have a wide array of cars and aftermarket products on display, including many from BMW.

The German automaker will bring its latest M Performance parts to Essen, as well as eight vehicles, including the M240i Convertible and the M2 Safety Car. The public will also be able to demonstrate their racing talent at the “DTM M4 Driving Simulator” by following in the tracks of Marco Wittmann, the newly crowned DTM champion.

As for the actual performance parts, BMW will introduce a handful of upgrades for the M3 and M4. First up, there’s carbon rear wing made entirely of carbon-fiber with the struts sporting M motorsport stripes in blue, red, and violet, and "Performance" lettering on the sides of the blade. The coupe and sedan will also get an M Performance suspension that will enable drivers to adjust ride height between five and 20 mm (0.2 and 0.8 inches) via a spring plate on the front and rear spring struts. The coil springs are painted red for a motorsport-inspired look. Both the carbon wing and the suspension system will be offered starting summer 2017.

The M3 and M4 will also get something new under the hood. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about power upgrades, but the new carbon engine cover should make a few enthusiasts happy. Made from hand-crafted, high-quality carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, it will give the M3 and M4 a race-inspired look under the lid.

The BMW booth will also showcase the brand’s new M Performance Accessories, including an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon trim and race display, gear selector lever and carbon handbrake grip with Alcantara bellows, 19-inch, double-spoke 405 M Bicolour alloy wheels, black matt rear diffuser, and carbon tailpipe trims. All these parts will be exhibited on an upgraded M240i Convertible model.

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2016 BMW M4 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

2016 BMW M4 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

German tuner returns with an even better program for the sports coupe

You can always count on the BMW M4 to be a favorite among aftermarket tuners, and as long as the car is around, you can expect more tuning companies to dive into their bag of tricks to build new programs for the sports coupe. Some, like Carbonfiber Dynamics, have even built multiple programs for the M4. I mentioned CarbonFiber Dynamics because it’s got an updated version of the M4R program for the high-performance coupe, one that builds from its own previous work back in February 2016 with plenty of new additions, including a more powerful net output of 700 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.

The extra power is the highlight of this new kit, but it’s far from the only one. It also received some new body wraps in the iconic colors of BMW’s own M Division. There’s also a new aerodynamic kit that’s in tune with the M4’s performance characteristics. Oh, and let’s not forget about the upgrades on the car’s exhaust, suspension, and brakes. They’re far from sexy additions to the M4, but with the massive engine upgrade anchoring the whole program, these auxiliary modifications serve important purposes themselves.

You can tell by how CarbonFiber Dynamics approached this program that the tuner wasn’t just content on offering something different from what it developed earlier this year. Nope. This one is better in a lot of ways and the results speak for themselves.

Take it what it’s worth, but just so you know, this new program for Carbonfiber Dynamics is arguably one of the most comprehensive aftermarket takes we’ve seen for the BMW M4 since the coupe arrived in 2014 to warm our hearts and break our piggy banks.

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2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

New special edition M4 pays homage to Marco Wittman’s championship in the just-concluded DTM series

Just like two years ago, newly crowned and now two-time DTM Drivers champion Marco Wittman is set to be honored with a new, limited edition BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. The special edition car is set to celebrate Wittman winning the 2016 drivers title in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series for BMW Team RMG.

The new special edition M4 DTM Champion Edition shares some similarities with its predecessor two years ago. Both were created in limited quantities and both were dressed to the nines with unique liveries and special badges to commemorate the BMW Motorsport Works race driver’s accomplishments.

Based largely on the BMW M4 GTS, the new M4 DTM Champion Edition comes with a bevy of modifications, both in the exterior and interior. One highlight, in particular, is the introduction of a new water injection system that Bosch developed for the M4 GTS last year, helping the special edition M4 DTM produce an output of 500 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and hit an electronically limited top speed of 189.5 mph to go with a sprint to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Only 200 units of the M4 DTM Champion Edition will be sold to the public, but the good news is that the German automaker plans to offer the special edition sports car globally. No word yet on which markets will get how many of the 200 units, but it does give those who missed out on the M4 GTS an new opportunity to get a more exclusive version at a price of €148,500, which converts to about $163,275.

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A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

If Your BMW M2, M3, or M4 was recalled last January, it’s likely to be recalled again

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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Bosch To Bring Water Injection from the M4 GTS to Other Models by 2019

Bosch To Bring Water Injection from the M4 GTS to Other Models by 2019

One quick trick in the fight against mpg and emissions restrictions

Hey kids! Wanna convince Mom and Dad that the family sedan really needs that new high-flow exhaust you’ve been eyeing? It’s simple – tell ‘em it’ll help boost mileage and fuel efficiency! It’s true – performance upgrades like a new exhaust and water injection system not only add ponies, but increase mpg as well. And according to Autocar, that’s exactly the logic Bosch is using as it plans to install its water injection system on more models by 2019.

Using water injection for better internal combustion is nothing new, but the latest high-visibility application of the tech is on the BMW M4 GTS, a track-ready two-door that’s quite obviously focused on performance above all else.

Bosch, a German-based multinational auto parts supplier, is the company behind the Bimmer’s water injection system, and reports a 5-percent increase in horsepower, a 13-percent increase in fuel efficiency, and a 4-percent drop in CO2 emissions when its in use.

“The system works best on cars with an output of more than 80 kw (107 horsepower) per liter,” Fabiana Piazza, global project manager at Bosch, told Autocar. “We’re launching it into the market now as tighter legislation and new real driving emissions tests are increasing the importance of this technology in all cars.”

“We are in contact with major automotive makers already, but we can’t talk about them in more detail at this stage,” said Martin Frohnmaier, Bosch project lead. “We can say that we expect the system to make mass production from 2019.”

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2016 BMW M4 GTS By G-Power

2016 BMW M4 GTS By G-Power

Limited edition M4 GTS gets exclsuive tuning program from one of the best BMW tuners in the biz

The BMW M4 GTS is more than the range-topping road version of the incredibly popular M4. It also serves as a living testament to the lengths BMW and its M performance division will go through to give its loyal customers a performance car that also doubles as a track-ready coupe. Obviously, a car with the credentials of the M4 GTS will attract its fair share of attention, especially in the tuning world. Look no further than than G-Power to add weight to the M4 GTS’s larger-than-life aura with a tuning program that puts the sports car’s output to an impressive 615 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.

The German tuner was able to squeeze out more power out of the M4 GTS’ twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six courtesy of its Bi-Tronik 2 V3 ECU upgrade. Those familiar with G-Power’s work should be familiar with this tuning module, as the tuner has used it at one point or another on its other BMW programs. The same holds true here as the module once again serves as the foundation of the M4 GTS tuning kit. Having said that, the engine upgrade isn’t the only relevant layer of this particular program. Keeping true to its reputation, G-Power also added a cosmetic touch to the equation by adding a new set of 21-inch wheels, replacing the “standard” versions BMW put into the car.

This program won’t win any awards for being all-encompassing, but for the things that could be improved on the M4 GTS, G-Power put in the work to address those needs. It’s worth noting that while BMW only released 700 units of the M4 GTS. Currently, four of the cars have already been modified with G-Power’s program.

As for the rest of the M4 GTS owners, I pose this question: will you be the next?

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2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

The M3 also joins the 600-horsepower fun

The BMW M3 and BMW M4 remain two of the German automaker’s most popular models and it figures given their popularity, it is to be expected that a BMW aftermarket specialist like G-Power would have tuning programs for both of them. Not one to miss out on this opportunity, G-Power did exactly that, fitting the M3and M4 with a versatile tuning kit that helps give both M vehicles a

supercar

worthy output of 600 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

Yes, it seems that BMW isn’t just content with building a program designed for just one model. The German tuner is now doing it for two, although it probably helps that the M3 and the M4 share a lot of mechanicals. In any event, the programs for both M performance models don’t just end with the engine upgrades. G-Power is also including an aerodynamic kit to help improve the cars’ downforce, a fully adjustable suspension kit to enhance the handling and balance of both the M3 and M4, and of course, a new set of its highly touted Hurricane RR wheels.

Owners of either the M3 or the M4 who are looking for some aftermarket assistance for their cars have plenty of tuners to choose from. But when it comes to high-quality kits for both models, few can do it better as G-Power.

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Ferrari F12berlinetta Takes On 700-Horsepower BMW M4: Video

Ferrari F12berlinetta Takes On 700-Horsepower BMW M4: Video

It’s closer to an even race with the M4 packing a Stage 3 performance upgrade

On the surface, a race between a BMW M4 and a Ferrari F12berlinetta isn’t a fair fight. Make no mistake, the M4 is fast, but It just can’t compete with the F12berlinetta. But, what happens when you have an M4 that packs a KK-Performance Stage 3 tuning kit? Well, that makes for a far more interesting race.

Let’s look at the tale of the tape. In one corner, you have the 3,758-pound F12berlinetta, which is powered by a 6.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. It’s powerful enough to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. In the other corner, there is the 3,553-pound, KK-Performance-tuned, BMW M4. It still rocks the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, but thanks to KK-Performance’s Stage 3 kit, power has been spiked up to 700 horsepower — close to 300 ponies of extra power compared to its standard 425-horsepower output.

Take all those numbers into consideration and you have a much more even fight than the slaughter that would’ve happened if the F12berlinetta raced a standard M4. So what happens when you line these two monsters next to each other and ask them to race to a quarter-mile? I don’t want to spoil the intrigue and I’m not even going to offer any hints or clues. I’ll just tell you to watch the video and enjoy the show.

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