2017 BMW M4 Competition Sport Edition
BMW had a huge gap in its M4 product lineup. There is the standard M4 that produces 425 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Then there was the track-oriented M4 GTS that came complete with 500 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. So with a big gap in the middle, Bimmer fans everywhere wanted just a little more. BMW answered with the 2016 BMW M4 Competition that brought about a gain of 25 horsepower and a few aerodynamic enhancements, among other things.
Now BMW is taking things one step closer to the M4 GTS by creating a limited-production M4, dubbed the M4 Competition Sport Edition. The Sport edition doesn’t come with any additional power output, but the engine does redline at 7,000 rpm, and there has been improvements in the top speed and 0-to-62-mph department. This improvement in performance was made possible thanks to the aerodynamic enhancements that makes this road-going M4 much closer to the GTS that we all wish we were driving right now.
Don’t get excited just yet, however, because you’re not likely to ever get into the driver’s seat of one. Why is that? Because only 60 examples are being produced, and all models will be made specifically for Spain. So, if you live anywhere else, you’re pretty much out of luck. With that said, the M4 Competition Sport is already available for order and delivery through BMW’s M dealer network, so let’s go ahead and take a closer look at this limited-edition M4.
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2016 BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car
Remember how BMW tested the M4 GTS camouflaged as a MotoGP Safety Car before unveiling it in 2015? Well, it turns out that the Germans were just trying to be sneaky. They were working on an actual pace car based on the limited-edition M4. The safety car in question will be used in the 2016 DTM season and was revealed with only a week ahead of the competitions’ debut at the Hockenheimring on May 7.
The specially equipped M4 GTS will pace the DTM field during the entire 2016 season, which includes nine events in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Russia, and Hungary. The GTS replaces the standard BMW M4 Coupe used in 2014 and 2015. The new safety car will be driven by Jurgen Kastenholz, the official DTM pace car driver since 2010.
"The BMW M4 excels through neutral handling, fantastic response and enormous power delivery starting at low engine speeds for optimum acceleration out of tight corners," said the 48-year old. "The new BMW M4 GTS will be even better. So I will have complete trust in the car from the word go – and this is absolutely essential to be able to lead a pack of 24 DTM racing cars quickly around the circuit during the caution periods."
The M4 GTS will lead a pack consisting of race cars based on the Mercedes-AMG C63, Audi RS5, and BMW M4.
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2016 BMW M4 Convertible by G Power
Ever wonder what it would be like to greet the coming summer season with a high-performance convertible that’s been tuned to be faster and more powerful? Well, those questions could be answered if you own a BMW M4 Convertible and you’re in the market for an aftermarket tuning program. German tuner G-Power has all your needs covered with a new tuning kit designed specifically for the M4 Convertible.
The kit follows the typical style of G-Power. There aren’t that many exterior and interior enhancements, but the lack of mods in these two departments are made up for by an engine modification that puts a significant amount of extra power on the M4’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine. It may sound trivial for some, but for those who appreciate 600 horsepower on the M4, this performance kit should be right up their wheelhouse.
To be fair, G-Power has built programs for the M4 before. But this is the first time that the tuner has taken a stab at the M4 Convertible. The good thing is that G-Power is renowned for being one of the best tuners of BMW vehicles in the world so if you’re going to have your M4s worked on by an aftermarket company, the German tuner is one of the safest bets to get the job done. If for nothing else, you can always count on a company that has 30 years of experience doing these kinds of modifications.
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Like many high-performance vehicles, the BMW M3 has provided the perfect platform for a dozen special-edition models throughout its history. Who can forget the E36-based GTR and the E46-based CSL, or even the Cecotto and Ravaglia editions of the first-generation M3? Then there’s the GTS, arguably one of the best-performing M3s in history.
Launched for the 2010 model year and with only 250 units built, the GTS was a more powerful and lighter version of the E92 M3. The coupe had a 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 444 horsepower and weighed 300 pounds less than the standard M3. These specs made it incredibly fast in the sprint to 60 mph, which took only 4.2 seconds, and it was quite popular with collectors. All 250 units sold immediately, despite a sticker of €115,000 (more than $130,000 as of 2015). Although the E92 remained the sole GTS-badged Bimmer for half a decade, the nameplate returned for the 2016 model year, this time around on the M4.
Tested for many months camouflaged as a MotoGP Safety Car and then previewed as a concept at Pebble Beach, the production M4 GTS just broke cover ahead of its official public debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Granted, the GTS’ debut in Japan is rather exotic, but the Bimmer should debut in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
Updated 04/14/2016: BMW dropped a series of new images for its new M4 GTS, images taken during the car’s international press launch in Barcelona, Spain. We also want to remind you that the new M4 GTS will arrive on the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2016.
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Top Gear Lines Up BMW M4 Against BMW i8: Video
It’s a little hard to believe that it’s been one year since the world of Top Gear was flipped upside its head after the suspension of Jeremy Clarkson and the subsequent departure of all three hosts from the BBC. Yes, time flies about as quick as a Porsche 918 Spyder on steroids. But as we wait for the new era of Top Gear to begin on May 8, 2016, the boys of Top Gear Magazine have been gamely holding down the fort. It hasn’t been said enough, but let’s all give credit to TGM Deputy Editor Jack Rix and Motoring Editor Oliver Marriage for keeping the Top Gear name alive with web segments like “Drag Races”
In the most recent episode of the always entertaining series, Rix and Marriage try to settle the growing debate surrounding the capabilities of the BMW M4 and the BMW i8. Simply put, the two try to find out which of the two sports cars is faster in a quarter-mile. Is it the traditional M4 or the futuristic i8? Despite their vastly different powertrains, both cars are more similar than you’d think. They both weigh the same. Their 0-to-60-mph sprint times are close to identical. One has power. The other has four-wheel-drive. It’s really to close to call!
Rix and Marriage prove as much at the conclusion of their drag race. I’m not going to spoil the winner here because it’s better if you watch if for yourselves. Here’s what I will tell you: it was close. Really close.
Motor Trend Measures The BMW M4 Against The Chevrolet Camaro SS: Video
On the surface, a BMW M4 and a Chevrolet Camaro SS have very little in common. Sure, both are “performance” cars in the most literal definition of the word, but other than that, you might as well be comparing apples to oranges. But that’s on the surface. Once you peel back all the layers that make these two cars different, you’ll notice that the M4 and the Camaro SS do have some things in common.
Motor Trend’s always entertaining tag-team duo of Jason Cammisa and Jonny Liebermann sought to find out if the American muscle car really has the stuff to compete against the German wunderkind. To accomplish this, the two embarked on what they described as scientific tests devoid of any subjective opinions. It’s a purely objective review of two performance cars that have more in common than most people think. Obviously, the whole objectivity bit didn’t last very long because Cammisa and Liebermann are both wired to give their opinions, even if they miss the mark on some occasions.
It’s still a pretty telling episode, one that would-be owners of both the M4 and the Camaro SS are invited to watch. Who knows, maybe they change their minds after watching this video, or better yet, maybe they just cut right to the chase and get both cars instead.
I know that’s what I’d do if I had the money.
2016 BMW M4 by Mcchip-DKR
When BMW released the M4 back in 2014, it officially became the poster car for fans of the company’s M division. Two years later and the M4 has proven worthy of carrying that mantle for BMW. But let’s face it, a good car shouldn’t settle for good. Likewise, a better car shouldn’t stop there either, if it can be the best. Part of that responsibility lies with aftermarket tuners who make their bread by giving cars like the M4 the upgrades it needs to further stand out from the crowd.
We’ve seen some fancy and powerful kits for the M4 and the latest one figures to be no different. This one comes by way of Mcchip-DKR, the same tuning company that has been responsible for past programs for the Mercedes C63 AMG, Audi R8, and Porsche Panamera. Suffice to say, Mcchip knows its way around German performance cars, a category that the M4 surely belongs to.
For this program, Mcchip focused exclusively on the M4’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine and gave it a noticeable performance improvement. That’s the long and short of it, which tells you where the tuner’s attention really was. In the end, the M4 got what it needed as it’s now faster and more powerful than any of its standard counterparts.
The question is: does this kit stack up against what other tuners have done for the M4?
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2016 BMW M4 MR4 by Carbonfiber Dynamics
Ever since it arrived in 2014, the BMW M4 has proudly carried the torch for the German automaker as the go-to performance model for those looking
for a car that combined luxury, performance, and overall affordability in one package. The M4’s versatility has also been one of the driving forces behind the car’s appeal for aftermarket tuners. In less than two years since it arrival, the high-performance sports coupe has already been on the receiving end of numerous tuning programs with the latest one coming by way of Carbonfiber Dynamics.
The German tuner is definitely not as popular as some of its contemporaries. Whereas we mostly associate BMW tuning with the likes of AC Schnitzer and Alpina, Carbonfiber Dynamics is mostly known for its carbon fiber aero kits. But, even if it doesn’t have extensive expertise in the engine tuning game, that didn’t stop the company from building one for the M4. And so, here it is.
The program is called the MR4 and it actually comes with an impressive list of modifications that include a new body kit, a new set of wheels, and of course, a new engine program. All three parts of this program play their roles in turning the M4 into a bonafide supercar. It’s strange to think of the car as such, but once you get a load of all the upgrades Carbonfiber Dynamics put into it, your perception of the M4 will be dramatically altered.
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BMW’s M3 sedan, M4 coupe, and M4 convertible have always been highly regarded and more than good enough to satisfy the craving for luxury and performance buyers in one package. Those models, however, are about to be offered with a new optional package dubbed the “Competition Package.” But, before we dive too much into what this new package offers for the M3 sedan, M4 coupe, and M4 convertible, let’s take a quick look back at the models.
It doesn’t take much to explain the M3. It was introduced back in 1985 and has seen several generations, including induction into the E36, E46, E90, E92, and E93 generations of the 3 Series. It is also the only car that has earned more titles in Motorsport than the Porsche 911. The M3 coupe and convertible are long gone, but the sedan carries the name on, and we’re excited to see BMW is still offering up new packages for the 21-year-old name.
When the M4 came to be in 2014, BMW ceased production of the M3 coupe and convertible in favor of having the M4 coupe and convertible instead. This gave the M3 sedan a series all its own, with the M4 carrying on the M legacy, but like the refreshed M3 sedan, it is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that pumps out 431 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The change over to a turbocharged six wasn’t all that unwelcome, though, as the engine puts out an additional 17 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing V-8 in the M3. BMW also claims better efficiency with a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy.
So, what does this new Competition Package offer for this trio? Well, I’m glad you asked. Take a short walk down the page with me as we look into these packages and how they make the M3 and M4 that much better.
UPDATE 01/30/2016: First video of the BMW M4 Competition Package (ZCP) at 2016 Houston Auto Show
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2016 BMW M4 By B&B Automobiltechnik
German tuner B&B Automobiltechnik has shown the ability to build tuning programs for a number of auto brands. Whether it’s a hot hatch like the Volkswagen Polo R or a sports car like the Audi R8, B&B has a kit for every occasion. This time around, the tuner set its sights on the BMW M4 and predictably, the kit is as impressive as anything the company has built in recent memory.
The central focus of this program is the comprehensive engine upgrade that’s made up of three separate stages. I’ve seen this kind of tuning strategy from B&B before and never have I seen the tuner come up with something mediocre. So it comes as little surprise that the program for the M4 comes with a lot of aftermarket modifications on the car’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine.
The good thing about this program is that customers can choose what kind of power upgrade they’d like. The Stage 1 kit offers enough extra power to make a difference on the M4’s performance. The Stage 2 kit adds on that with more power, and, well, the Stage 3 kit does the same, helping the M4 reach a level of performance normally reserved for some of the finest exotics in the land.
B&B’s new M4 tuning kit is as comprehensive as they come, offering enough choices for customers who may want their M4s to be tuned to a certain level. On that end, the German tuner has once again come up with aces.
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In 2013, BMW introduced the F80 M3, the fifth-generation of its most iconic sports coupe. For the first time, the compact M car was split into two models wearing distinct badges. While the sedan continued to wear the M3 tag, the two-door ditched the M3 Coupe moniker in favor of the M4.
But, that wasn’t the only important change that came with the new generation.
The Germans also put an end to the V-8-powered M3, opting to replace the naturally aspirated unit with a twin-turbo, inline-six in the new M3 and M4. The switch was made in order to improve fuel economy and alleviated by lighter cars. As it is always the case with such radical changes, the downsizing was received with mixed feelings. Not surprisingly, most M3 enthusiasts criticized the move, claiming that the nameplate has been stripped of its heritage.
Nearly three years have passed since the new M3/M4 entered production, and both the coupe and sedan have already received their mid-cycle facelifts. BMW is already working on the next-generation model, but until the sixth-generation arrives, Munich has put together a four-minute video that looks back on the challenges it had to overcome in developing the fifth-gen cars. The brand also talks about the M3/M4’s successful DTM campaign, as well as the more recently introduced M4 GTS. If you’re a BMW fan, this is a video you shouldn’t miss!
Race car driver Jorg Weidinger recently piloted the BMW M4 GTS around the Nürburgring in around 7 minutes and 28 seconds. His official time, however, hasn’t been released yet, as BMW M GmbH, Daimlerstr decided to run a contest based on Weidinger’s amazing lap time. Unfortunately, the window to enter the contest closed at 6 p.m. in Germany today, but the contest is still more than noteworthy.
The contest was open to anyone of legal age and required one major stipulation to enter. Contestants simply had to guess Weidinger’s exact lap time around the Nürburgring – down to the hundredth of a second. The only hint: The time is somewhere between 7:27:51 and 7:28:49. That’s a pretty tight time frame to guess in, and it would be pretty cool to guess it right. But, the prize that lucky contestant has won is even cooler. The winner gets to ride shotgun in that M4 GTSas Weidinger takes the track once again.
That prize might not be as cool as driving the M4 GTS yourself, but who wouldn’t want to be gut chucked around the legendary track by a pro. I surely wouldn’t mind. That lucky contestant that won the contest will also have all travel costs to the event paid for, so that makes it a win-win.
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