New pictures of BMW's replacement for the M3 coupe emerge ahead of its expected debut later this year
1 May 2013

The latest spy shots of the new BMW M4, which is seen here performing high-speed testing at the Nürburgring ahead of the car's launch late next year, reveal the new coupé's lower suspension, wider wheel arches and distinctive quad-exhausts.

We ruin a set of tyres putting the BMW M4 through its paces

The M4 marks the beginnings of an expansion of the 3-series line-up. It replaces both the coupé and cabriolet variants of the M3 in favour of 4-series re-badging, leaving the M3 as a stand-alone four-door saloon. The marketing scheme mirrors that of the 5-series and 6-series, with BMW charging a premium for the more upscale model as it seeks to provide more distinct driving and styling experiences from the standard saloon models.

Both the M4 coupé and cabriolet variants of the 4-series are likely to share the M3's same basic structure and its new, turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Weight-saving is likely to go one step further with the M4, however, with technical highlights such as a carbonfibre roof featuring in order to reduce weight and provide the lowest possible centre of gravity.

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The M3 and M4 are expected during 2013, with an M4 Gran Coupé version expected to follow next year.

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haz

8 October 2012

It sounds like a motorway

9 October 2012

haz wrote:

It sounds like a motorway

 And M3 didn't? It's not that far from the M4. Though if BMW has the motorways then Audi products are all named after the less important A roads, I guess it's all in balance. 

9 October 2012

twyford wrote:

haz wrote:

It sounds like a motorway

 And M3 didn't? It's not that far from the M4. Though if BMW has the motorways then Audi products are all named after the less important A roads, I guess it's all in balance. 

haha what about mercedes?

9 October 2012

WHY WHY WHY..?

10 October 2012

Sorry, this is non news story - just a piece to show off the pics which really don't show anything more than expected.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

1 May 2013

TegTypeR@

Only goes to show that BMW and other brands, don't have anything radically,game changing to offer just now,unless you discount Ford's in-wheel electric motors that is.

Peter Cavellini.

11 October 2012

We have to wait long for M3 and M4 both. But nothing is mentioned about the test results. They are not going to reveal the figures i think. Anyways all the best M4. Hope it will be launched soon.

 

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2 May 2013

Usual lack of effort on the styling front. Looks just like it's predecessor. 

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

2 May 2013

Which probebley has the engineers groaning and head shaking,  the test drives salivating and the blokes in the marketing deaptment  attending to somthing deeply personal, when they find the "spy pictures" they planted in the trade mags the following week.

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Our Verdict

BMW M4

New name, new engine and two turbos and even a much needed facelift, the main question lingers - can the BMW M4 grab the initiative off of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé

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Driven this week