For anyone out there dreaming of buying an M, do it now! Put 2020 in the rearview mirror and look to the 2021 BMW M4, 6-speed manual transmission for your new and most meaningful connection. Become one with the short and precise gears on the 2021 BMW M4, that will propel you to the future and beyond. For those that don’t drive manually, the 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission is equally thrilling to drive.
The stunning BMW M4 is aggressive and designed to differentiate itself from non-M versions more than ever. “The design is resoundingly function-driven, pure, and reduced without compromise,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “At the same time, it provides an emotionally engaging window into the vehicle character.
The new M4 Coupe is 4.6-inches longer, 0.7-inches wider, 0.4-inches higher, and with a 1.8-inch longer wheelbase than the M4 that it replaces that gives that low and wide can’t catch me look but it is the front end with that fabulous large and deep frame-less BMW kidney grille designed to feed the massive amounts of air needed for fulfilling the cooling requirements under the most rigorous conditions. Cooling for the engine and brakes is provided by large additional intakes on either side of the kidney grille. At the outer edges of the front bumper, the vertical intakes for the Air Curtains accentuate the width of the car.
The lines of the front bumper and hood converge on the BMW kidney grille, as do the contours of the slim headlights. Standard on the M4 is full-LED headlights with U-shaped fiber-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights. Ours had the optional BMW Laser lights, identified by the blue inlays at the upper edge of the headlight units, and come with the cornering light and adaptive cornering functions. BMW Individual Shadowline lights, with darkened inlays adorning their upper edges, are also on our photo car.
Another design feature alongside the prominently flared fenders of the new M4 is the extended side sills. Together with the aerodynamic components of the front and rear bumpers, which also jut out significantly, they form a High-gloss Black band around the whole of the car. This racing car-inspired design element, also adopted on the first-generation BMW M3, increases downforce in the underbody area and helps to optimize the aerodynamic balance of the new cars.
The front fenders and rear wheel arches have a flared M-specific, which creates room for the wider tracks and wheels that help give the car their cornering ability. The M gills familiar from past and present cars are integrated neatly into the distinctive surfacing of the front side fenders. The M-specific exterior mirrors have been aerodynamically optimized and are painted in body color or High-gloss Black on the Competition models.
The roof of our M4 is made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). This extremely lightweight material lowers the cars’ center of gravity, enhancing their agility. Two fins running longitudinally over the CFRP roof optimize airflow, as does the rear spoiler, which is painted in body color or on our car High-gloss Black. The rear diffuser comes in black and frames the familiar exhaust system’s twin pairs of 100 mm exhaust tips. The slim, darkened rear light clusters with L-shaped LED taillights to extend into the fenders, further accentuating the width of our M4.
The latest interior design of the new BMW 4 Series is the foundation of the new M cars’ interiors. Added signature M details include red accents for the M buttons on the M leather steering wheel and the start/stop button on the center console.
The M mode button on the center console can be used to adjust the responses and characteristics of the driver assistance systems and the displays in the instrument cluster and our optional Head-Up Display to deliver a driving experience suited to the situation at hand. You can choose from ROAD and SPORT settings, but with TRACK mode additionally available when M Drive Professional is specified.
In the ROAD setting, all the standard and optional driver assistance systems are fully activated. Pressing the M Mode button engages the SPORT setting, in which the driver assistance systems activated through the driver’s chosen configuration limit themselves to warnings of speed limits and overtaking restrictions. FYI, all interventions in the braking and steering systems are suspended in this mode, except for inputs from the Frontal Collision Warning with braking function and the Evasion Assistant.
Also making its debut is the new optional M Drive Professional, which has been developed specifically for track driving. This new option helps the driver to make consistent progress in pursuit of the ideal line and the perfect lap. Features include the M Drift Analyzer which records the duration, distance covered, line, and angle of a drift with a rating shown on the Control Display
Powered by the latest version of the 3.0-liter, inline-cylinder, BMW TwinPower Turbo S58 motors producing up to 503 hp with a choice of the traditional 6-speed manual transmission, something that is rare in the cars’ segment.
With 473 hp at 6,250 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque between 2,650 and 6,130 rpm, this M4 Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph or 180 mph when the M Driver’s Package is selected.
Now go for it….get that M. BMW M4.
Photography by David Lewis Taylor.
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