When the BMW M4 was launched just over three years ago, its impressive specifications and performance turned this car into an instant classic. Yet somehow, the German carmaker’s motorsport division has managed to produce a new variant each year that is honed to perfection with each iteration somehow offering something different from the last. The BMW M4 line-up consists of four models where each offers a unique distinction to cater to different types of drivers.
BMW M4 – The original – With this generation, the BMW M4 Coupe is given an identity that is all its own while the iconic M3 badge is reserved for the four-door models. This frees up BMW’s designers to really ‘push the boat out’ as it were in terms of styling the BMW M4, which results in one of the sportiest looking BMW M cars ever and in a class of its own.
With the BMW M4, mix of materials; high tensile steel, aluminium, carbon fibre and plastics are strategically used not to just save but to optimise weight to create the best handling car possible. At the heart of every BMW M car is its engine and the first ever BMW M4 sees the BMW M division returning to its roots with an iconic inline six-cylinder configuration. On the other hand, the BMW M4 has ventured into new territory as well with turbocharging technology. This resulted in a high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M Twin Power Turbo technology that produces a maximum output of 431hp from 5,500 to 7,300rpm. Its peak torque of 550Nm is available across a wide rev band (1,850 to 5,500rpm) and outstrips the figure recorded by the previous generation BMW M3 by roughly 40 per cent. Yet, the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent.
The seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission makes the most of the available power and torque from the engine. According to BMW, this gearbox “prompts the new high-revving turbocharged engine into emotionally impressive feats”! Besides being capable of ultra-fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power, the M DCT also has a breadth of ability for softer comfort-biased or also economy-focused gear operation. In other words, it turns the BMW M4 into an everyday car for commuting jet it can still thrill on the race track.
The Competition Package also includes Adaptive M Suspension, which has been extensively tuned with different springs and dampers, anti-roll bars as well as reconfigured driving modes to enhance performance and handling. Likewise, the Active M Differential on the rear axle and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) are configured to match the upgraded dynamics.
Completing the list of suspension and chassis upgrades is a set of exclusive forged, machine polished lightweight 20-inch M alloy wheels. Inside, the Competition Package includes lightweight M sports seats that combine perfect support for hard driving but are comfortable enough for long journeys. From the outside, the BMW M4 Competition Package can be distinguished by high-gloss black accents in place of the usual chrome.
BMW M4 CS – The lightweight special – The BMW M4 CS is the newest member of the BMW M4 family and bridges the gap between the Competiton Package and the hard-core BMW M4 GTS. To be produced in limited numbers from 2017 to 2019, the high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M Twin Power Turbo technology of the BMW M4 CS produces 460hp (10hp more than the BMW M4 Competition Package). Correspondingly, the torque output rises to 600Nm, 50Nm more than the BMW M4 Competition Package.
Besides an increase in engine power, the BMW M4 CS has been put through a stringent weight reduction programme to augment its performance. The interior door panel for example, has been redesigned and made of natural fibre and surfaced with a classy carbon-fibre look while nylon pull loops replace the door pull-handles.
BMW M4 GTS – The Ultimate – The ultimate expression of the BMW M4 comes in the form of the BMW M4 GTS. Limited to 700 units worldwide and already sold out – just two units were allocated for Singapore. These lucky owners posses the most powerful and uncompromising road-legal BMW M4 that the Bavarian carmaker has ever produced.
Clearly focused for Crack use, the BMW M4 GTS features dramatic motorsports styling complete with a roll cage in place of the rear seats. At its heart, the six-cylinder in-line engine with M Twin Power Turbo technology is tuned to produce 500hp and is the first road-legal M car to feature water injection technology for improved efficiency. No surprise then that this is the fastest road-legal BMW ever. It can go from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 305km/h. Sports exhaust system with ultra-lightweight titanium; 80mm tailpipes feature a laser-engraved M logo and an emotionally-rich soundtrack.