More good news: the M4’s growth spurt hasn’t detracted one iota from its ability to get down a good B-road like a true entertainer. The M4 Competition’s is a world-class chassis, one that offers exceptional precision on turn-in, plenty of grip and stability mid-corner, and sublime on-throttle adjustability if you choose to explore what happens when you over-rotate those rear tyres just beyond the limit of adhesion.
The typically thick-rimmed steering wheel still feels a bit overly chunky in your hands and stops a little short of giving a high-definition report of the exact textural makeup of the road beneath you all the time. But it’s nonetheless capable of telegraphing lateral load on the front tyres really consistently and inspiring a healthy dose of confidence in the car’s incisive handling talents.
Fairly quick gearing – there are 2.2 turns between locks – causes the M4 to respond energetically to steering inputs, but its directional agility is backed up by a cool sense of control and directional stability.
It goes where you point it exactly and keenly, without contrivance or hyperactivity and with steering weight and resistance building up in an intuitive and natural way, to paint a clear picture of how the front tyres are holding up beneath you.
An Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio might be keener still to turn, but there’s abundant interactivity, feedback, engagement and positivity available here, both at fast road speeds and on track.
The M4 controls its body movements with equal precision. You can sense its mass moving from side to side at times, but the car itself stays really flat as you load up the chassis, and it translates steering input into lateral load with so little energy wasted. Its rigidly mounted rear subframe no doubt contributes to this eerily close sense of body control and composure, which works with the generous bolstering on those bucket seats to give your backside a running commentary on the rear axle’s relationship with the road.
You can really feel when you’re approaching the limit of lateral grip in this car, which isn’t something that could be said about the F82- generation M4. And yet this new M car has been neither watered down nor softened up in order to achieve that. On the contrary, it’s got a clearer and more ready sense of dynamic poise and precision than any direct rival we can think of.