BMW UK has elected not to offer the standard, lower-powered versions of either the M3 saloon or the M4 coupé, which means Brits are also denied the option of a manual gearbox in the car – and that does seem a shame.
In the UK, then, it’s Competition-spec only for either car, which pushes entry-level pricing for the M4 up to just under £75,000. If that seems expensive, consider that the £42,200 asking price of the 2004 model year E46 M3 Coupé, adjusted for inflation, works out at a whisker over £70k in today’s money.
BMW has fitted a suite of Driving Assistant active safety technologies as standard. Should you want an M car that can steer itself, you can add even more of them at extra cost. A head-up display and Harman Kardon premium audio are also standard.
Inevitably, you can still spend big on options, from carbon-ceramic brakes to LED Laserlight headlights and the M Carbon Pack, which, among other things, gets you those excellent bucket seats. If you want every option going, BMW’s Ultimate Pack delivers just that, and will add just over £11,000 to the cost of your car.