BMW launch new M3 Saloon and new M4 Coupe
Fifth generation of the iconic ‘M’ sports car
BMW launch the new BMW M3 Saloon and the new BMW M4 Coupe and for the first time the Coupe and Saloon models receive individual model names, in deference to the different model series that provide their basis.
Another first is the adoption of a turbocharged engine for this BMW M model: the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology has been specifically developed for this purpose, and produces a maximum output of 431hp. Its peak torque of 550Nm is available across a very wide rev range starting at just 1,850rpm exceeds the figure recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by roughly 40 per cent. The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel economy: the combined consumption in the EU cycle is as high as 34mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 194g/km, an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures.
Particular attention has been paid to the car’s aerodynamic performance which incorporates the latest Active M Differential amongst numerous other technical highlights. During the development process the BMW engineers worked closely with BMW Motorsport’s professional racing drivers, with extensive testing and set-up work carried out on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Both the Coupe and Saloon are capable of 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds with manual transmission, or just 4.1 seconds with the optional M DCT, while the top speed is 155mph.
Karim Habib, Head of Design at BMW Automobiles said “the superior performance of the BMW M3 Saloon and BMW M4 Coupé should be obvious at first glance; indeed the exterior design has a visual impact that elevates the BMW M design language to a new level of expression, highlighted by a purposeful character, emotional appeal and dynamic verve.” When you view the M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe from the front they both have a powerfully expressive ‘face’, with a modern take on the twin headlight arrangement and a distinctive double-slat kidney grille with M designation. The aggressive front apron, with its trio of large intakes, supplies cooling air to the engine and brakes. Among the other BMW M design features is the characteristic powerdome on the bonnet, which hints at the potential of the muscular M TwinPower Turbo engine and creates space for the intercooler.
The new BMW M3 Saloon and new BMW M4 Coupé possess an extensive list of standard equipment. The UK specification has been greatly enhanced from the predecessor model with a number of additions; these include technical features such as Adaptive M suspension, 19-inch M light alloy wheels and front and rear PDC; comfort items such as the heated and electric BMW M seats and exterior-folding mirrors; aesthetic features such as High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and finally the full BMW Professional Media package with upgraded Bluetooth system.