BMW M Initiation

M4 DriftingBMW seems really into advertising the drifting capabilities of their brand new models lately and we love it!! After the video of the M4 drifting on a Aircraft carrier, (which was completely edited), and the video of a couple of M235i drifting around a roundabout (actual footage) the M family is back and with all its ancestors this time. This M4 initiation brought together 52 privately owned M models ranging from classics to recent ones, all here to welcome the new born. I would really be curious to see the reaction of the private owners as the M4 drifts a few centimeters away from their cars! I have to point out that with these new commercials BMW is doing a really good job bringing awareness about their new models with every commercial getting no less than millions of views. They are also stressing on the potential of their new models and what they can accomplish in terms of maneuverability and feel.

M4 interiorRegarding the M4 I have already written a full review on it back when it was still a concept. (which you can access by clicking here). I would like to add to it the fact that I have had a ride in a M4 lately. To start with, I find this car gorgeous. The design lines and aerodynamic details look really good and yet are not too extreme making this car classy to drive to work and sexy to drive on the track. The interior has been refined with some red and blue stitches and other carbon fiber finishes. The central infotainment system is clear and useful with a properly sized screen. Regarding the ride, the car feels super comfortable on our bumpy roads even though sitting on those massive 19 inch rims. The exhaust sound ain’t as bad as people are saying it is but I do understand that the E92 V8 must sound better and less “digital”. What particularly astonished me was how fast the gear shifts of that dual clutch 7 speed automatic gearbox are specially in sport settings! I have tried the new generation PDK and 7 speed dual clutch of Ferrari and believe me it can easily compete. About that turbo-charged engine, with its turbo for each 3 cylinders, with one that starts spooling at low rpms and another one at higher rpms, turbo lag has practically disappeared! I guess this is the new trend that most of the manufactures will be fitting in their upcoming models. Let’s see what the competitors will be announcing at the Paris motor-show in a couple of weeks!

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BMW Concept M4 Coupe

BMW Conce M4 coupe frontA few days ago BMW revealed its new breed, the 4 series, followed of course with its M version, the M4, which is said to be the replacement of the M3 coupe. BMW has still not revealed any official data regarding the power output of their new born but rumours say that the legendary 4.0 liters V8 will be replaced with a more efficient Twin Turbo charged 3.0-liters inline-six delivering up to 455hp. Some say that the M4 might incorporate an engine equipped with 3 turbos. The body of the car is recovered with a mix of plastic and carbonfiber, forming a rigid and light shell. Apparently the F82 M4 will be sold with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard equipment. No manual option will be available.

BMW Conce M4 coupe BackSince no official data has been given by BMW, I am going to give you guys my own predictions. You are free to share yours in the comment space here below 🙂 Regarding the engine, I would say that the M4 will be equipped with an inline 6 with 3 turbos. Most of the times, when a car manufacturer moves from a naturally aspirated to a turbocharged engine, he is most likely to collect negative and bad feedback from the fans. Going for 3 small turbos, with one for each two cylinder, will make the driving sensation closer to a naturally aspirated engine. Regarding the transmission, to compete in this very techy and competitive car market we are in, a DCT is a must, manual can’t be an option anymore eventhough it sure will be missed. The DCT not only provides quicker acceleration but will also improve fuel economy.

BMW Conce M4 coupe front BumperI personally find that the M3 with all the history it carries, should have stayed the M3 in its coupe version and the M4 should have been the 4 doors version of it (since it is called M4). For a new Series, I would have expecting a more unusual design. Even though, I liked the exterior, the front gives it an angry attitude while the back is ready to through out some flames. BMW tried to give the M4 a fresh new look with this “Aurum Dust” colour, not really sure people liked it.