BMW M4: Fantastic Four

When we were first offered the keys to the new BMW M4, we jumped at the opportunity. Not because it’s a “powerful” car, but because the aesthetics of the 4-Series line-up had captivated us since its launch in 2012.

The contours of this E93 M3’s successor presented a sleeker, more aerodynamically-enhanced profile compared to its new M3 brother, not to mention its predecessor. Personally, we prefer this to the M3 – after all, if space isn’t a constraint, this would look better, no?

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Exterior

If you do have the chance to park the E93 M3 and the new M4 side by side, you would realise that apart from aesthetics, the new M4 appears to be more road-hugging, and a little stretched compared to the older coupe.

Evidently, the stretched and lowered look of the new M4 culminates in the sleeker and an enhanced “ready-to-roar” look, something which might just sit better with the younger generation who pay more attention to aesthetics.

Up front, you get BMW’s signature LED corona-ring running lights, which we always felt was bright enough to light up the darkest of roads ahead of you even with your low beam off.

Over at the rear, while it may look subtly like a 4-Series with a fitted M-kit, its quad-exhaust will leave you thinking twice about whether you wish to mess with this piece of wonder technology.

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Interior

Climb on board and you’ll be greeted by a sportier outlook compared to the E93 M3. The M4’s interior is fitted with carbon-fibre at so many areas, way different from the luxury trimmings used on the 435i Coupe.

Of course, being top of the range in the 4-Series family line means you get to enjoy a wide variety of gadgets and features on the M4, ranging from heads-up display to a factory fitted reverse camera and Harmon Kardon surround sound.

While it may look smaller because of its two-door configuration, the rear of the M4 is surprisingly spacious. The transmission tunnel means that only two adults can fit comfortably at the rear. You could try squeezing three, although we’d recommend just two for maximum comfort, especially if you’re sitting through tight corners at speeds the M4 should travel at.

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The Drive

Perhaps “exciting” would be an understatement for the M4. With 430 horses and 550 Nm of torque under its hood, the inline-six catapults you to the century mark in short of 4.5 seconds.

Like its predecessor, the M4 displays exceptional control and handling when taking the toughest of corners. Of course, you could enjoy a couple of hair-raising adrenaline rushes should you choose to deactivate the traction, but trust me when I say that at factory settings, it’s fast and wild enough to make you think twice before pressing that button.

One wouldn’t particularly enjoy the hybrid equivalent of fuel efficiency when we’re talking about a BMW M in this instance. But truth be told, despite all that power we’re dealing with here, the M4 clocked an impressive 10 kilometres per litre during our test, something we must admit is remarkable for a car its class.

That being said, perhaps we should just add on that we miss that growl of the old V8. The new inline-six, as punchy as it gets, exhibited a less menacing and higher pitched engine roar compared to the old eight-cylinder plant.

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Conclusion

Yes, I’d say that we’re spoilt for choice, especially since the new M3 and M4 both rides on the same platform. Excluding performance and adrenaline, I thought that the M4 had a sleeker bodyline compared to its M3 brother.

It would make the perfect everyday car for the adrenaline and speed junkie, but if you have a kid in tow, or have a couple of elderly folk to ferry, perhaps the M3 might be a better option for you.

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We like:

The power and looks of it. Don’t you think it looks sexy?

We don’t like: 

Not so much of what we don’t like, but we miss the growl of the good ol’ V8.

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