BMW says it has over 200 pre-orders for the new M3 and M4
Both models officially go on sale towards the end of June
Production is due to get underway in March
The new M3 and M4 were revealed at the Detroit motor show
A concept M4 was shown at Pebble Beach earlier in the year
Both models feature aggressive body styling
BMW has retained the red on white M dials inside
There's also a special M-badged gear lever in both models
The interior of both cars is well appointed and comfortable
The M3 is likely to be the less popular model here in the UK
Carbonfibre interior trim is also available
The centrepiece of both models is a new turbocharged 3.0-litre engine
The UK is traditionally the second largest market for M3 sales
However, the M3 saloon will still find favour with those in need of its extra doors
There's seating for four in both models
There's also a useful amount of luggage space
The move to turbocharge the M3 and M4 will create a talking point with fans
BMW says the turbocharged engine gives the new models advantages over their older naturally-aspirated counterparts
The two models were shown at a preview event at BMW's HQ in Bracknell
Wing mirrors on both models feature aggressive styling
Rear bumpers are aerodynamic and well sculpted
The UK is the second largest market for BMW M models globally
One in ten M4s are expected to be sold in the UK
There's plenty of M3 and M4 badging on each car
Prices start at £56,175 for the M3 and £56,635 for the M4
UK BMW M3 and M4 pre-orders have already topped 200 cars, say company officials.
The two new M-badged performance models, which both go on sale towards the end of June, traditionally sell well in the UK. Expectations are that UK buyers will account for 10 per cent of all BMW M4 sales.
As a result, BMW UK is targetting annual sales of 1200 M4s and 700 M3s in its first year on sale. Around 5000 units of the M4 are expected to be sold here over its seven-year life cycle.
Both the M3 and M4 are powered by a new turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing 425bhp. The new engine gets the M3 and M4 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, when fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. An optional seven-speed DCT drops that time to 4.1 seconds. The top speed of both models is limited to 155mph, but can be raised to 174mph as an option.
Official economy figures say that owners should expect around 32.1mpg on a combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 204g/km for the manual, and 194g/km for the DCT version.
One of the biggest changes is the move to turbocharge the M3 and M4, putting an end to 26 years of naturally-aspirated BMW M models. UK product manager Matt Collins says the news will create a talking point with fans of the brand: "I can understand why there might be some concern with moving to a new engine configuration, but we chose the configuration that best fits the vehicle. For these cars the turbo generates the right performance and the right kind of torque. It adds up to the right package.
"The turbocharging technology now in these cars really is phenomenal. It's very lightweight, and the smaller engine displacement means a smaller engine overall which in itself saves more weight. There are benefits here that you can't necessarily get from a naturally-aspirated engine."
The manufacturer says it has saved around 80kg of weight from both models by using aluminium and carbonfibre in their construction. An aluminium bonnet alone saves 8kg, while a lightweight battery shaves off another 12.8kg.
The UK is currently the second-largest market for M-badged models.
Production of the M3 and M4 is due to get underway in March, with prices starting at £56,175 for the M3 and £56,635 for the M4.