2018 BMW M4

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Mild update brings new headlamps graphics and new interior trim to BMW’s range-topping compact coupe

In a move of desperation to separate its sedan and coupe models, BMW decided to quit manufacturing two-door models under the 3 Series name, and instead call them the 4 Series. As such, the M3 Coupe became the M4 Coupe from model year 2012 forward. The model carried on practically unchanged for the first few years of its young life, but for the 2017 model year (2018 here in the U.S.,) BMW has brought a number of improvements to the M4 that includes LED headlights, 3D LED Taillights, and an updated navigation system as standard equipment. There is a mild power upgraded afforded as part of the facelift that increases output to 431 horsepower, a seven-horsepower increase, to go with a combined fuel economy rating of 32.1 mpg.

Of course, BMW didn’t see fit to do much in terms of visual updates, so don’t expect anything else on the outside to change outside of what I’ve already mentioned. The facelifted M4 carries on with the same front and rear fascias, as well as every single body line that emphasizes the car’s sporty character and dominant power delivery. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as the M4 was pretty damn attractive to begin with, so the few changes that come as part of this facelift should keep the model fresh through the turn of the decade when BMW will usher in the second-gen model.

Until then, however, let’s take a look at the updated model, talk a little more about it, and the competition that it’s forced to go head-to-head with in a demanding market.

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Watch a BMW M3 Competition Take On a BMW M4 CS

Watch a BMW M3 Competition Take On a BMW M4 CS

It’s a high-speed straight-line Bavarian showdown

The BMW M3 Competition and BMW M4 CS might look pretty much identical, but put them side by side in a drag race, and there’s one very clear winner.

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The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD

The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD

When the manual transmission dies, it will die in the M4

Speculation that the next BMW M3 and M4 would not come with a manual transmission has been dispelled. Both upcoming Motorsport versions of the 3- and 4-Series models will indeed have a six-speed stick shift, and they will even offer the option of all-wheel drive.

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Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Does battery power make it the spawn of satan?

The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini... does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?

With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.

Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.

All this got us thinking - which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?

Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.

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Why Did we Just Spy the BMW M4 GTS on the Nurburgring?

Why Did we Just Spy the BMW M4 GTS on the Nurburgring?

If it’s an upgraded version, it could have more than 500 horsepower!

When BMW updated the M4 for the 2018 model year, output was increased by a measly six horsepower to a new total of 431 horses, and it looks like the Germans could make up for that with a more extreme version of theM4 GTS. Our paparazzi spotted a new GTS prototype on the Nurburgring, and it looks as if BMW built a more aggressive aerodynamic package.

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Video of the Day: BMW Wants to Show You How to Use a Dual-Clutch Transmission

Video of the Day: BMW Wants to Show You How to Use a Dual-Clutch Transmission

In case you didn’t know, it’s not really an automatic transmission

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding dual-clutch transmissions. It’s only to be expected considering it’s a relatively new technology. The truth is, the DCT isn’t really an automatic transmission, and it isn’t really a manual transmission either. It’s a blend between the two. Sure, there’s no clutch pedal but, in fairness, some models don’t have a real “park” position either. As far as BMW’s DCT goes, it’s one of those that doesn’t have a park position, but it doesn’t use a torque converter like traditional automatic transmission either. And, that’s where the confusion comes in. See, BMW’s DCT doesn’t even start rolling right away as an automatic would. It has what the brand refers to as low-speed assist, which means that you tap the gas and it creeps along at a couple of miles per hour. If you come to a stop and let off the gas, it will simply sit there in a neutral-like state. Furthermore, the transmission will automatically shift into “park” when the engine is shut off.

I know, that description doesn’t really help the confusion, does it? Well, lucky for you, BMW has put together a video to help you understand just how well it works. Unfortunately, the man in front of the camera isn’t speaking English, so you’ll have to read subtitles, but that’s okay because it’s certainly worth the read. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2015- 2018 BMW M4 Coupe

Wallpaper of the Day: 2015- 2018 BMW M4 Coupe

You really can’t argue with a car like the BMW M4 Coupe. It’s got style, power, technology, and we’re willing to bet the girls like it to. So, make it your wallpaper for the day — it’s worth it, don’t you think?

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2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre

From the roots of the BMW M3 Convertible, the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre looks incredible

Back in 1988, BMW decided to chop off the roof of a BMW M3. Unthinkable at that time, the decision turned out to be a good one for Bimmer because 30 years later, it’s actually celebrating that decision with the launch of the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. The M4 Convertible 30 Jahre follows a long line of models that have been given the “Jahre” treatment. For those who don’t know, “Jahre” is a German word that means “years” in English. In BMW’s case, it’s made a habit of releasing special editions of models celebrating their 30th anniversary, or as it likes to call them, 30 Jahre. The M5 got one in 2014. The M6 got one in 2016. Most recently, the 7 Series got the 30 Jahre treatment last year. Now it’s the BMW M4 Convertible’s turn, which itself is odd because the 4 Series didn’t come to existence until 2013 when it was packaged as the coupé and convertible versions of the 3 Series. Follow that thought, and you’ll realize that the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre is actually a 30th-anniversary tribute to the M3 Convertible.

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Bad News for BMW purists: Next M3 and M4 Could Go AWD

Bad News for BMW purists: Next M3 and M4 Could Go AWD

Is this the end of the traditional M3?

First introduced in 1985, the BMW M3 quickly became known as "the ultimate driving machine." The German brand exploited the term for more than three decades now, but a lot of BMW enthusiasts agree that the newer M3 and M4 are no longer the driver’s car that the first generation cars used to be, mostly due to being loaded with too much technology and driver aids. Whether this is true or not is a matter of how you look at modern sports cars, but old-school gearheads won’t be happy to learn that the next-generation M3 and M4 could go all-wheel-drive.

The news comes from Car Magazine, which claims that the M3 is set to take the same path as the M5, which was recently unveiled with standard all-wheel-drive. Since the M3 and M4 share the same underpinnings, the two-door coupe will also distribute power to all corners. As BMW pointed it out a few months back, the new-generation M5 was first engineered as a traditional, RWD sedan. But the company soon realized that the M5 didn’t handle longitudinal acceleration, and it decided to go with an all-wheel-drive layout. With the next-generation M3 looking to push the envelope well beyond that of the current model, AWD is likely to become a viable option for the compact too.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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2017 BMW M4 By Alpha-N Performance

2017 BMW M4 By Alpha-N Performance

German tuner is back with another tuning take on Bimmer’s popular sports coupe

Alpha-N Performance certainly has a fascination for the BMW M2. It’s developed at least three different iterations of its program for the entry-level M car. If anything, the German tuner is proving that it’s an equal-opportunity purveyor of tuning upgrades for Bimmer models. This latest program is actually for the M4, just like the previous program, the M4 CRT. The only difference is this new program is a little more mainstream in nature with significant power improvements leading the way.

All told, Alpha-N Performance’s new kit for the M4 has 560 horsepower on tap. It doesn’t sound significant compared to the 700 horsepower that fellow tuner Carbonfiber Dynamics is offering, but it’s actually 40 horses more than what it offered on the M4 CRT kit. Just as important is the overall makeup of the kit. The power gains may get the headlines – and rightfully so – but the kit also features an aerodynamic body kit, new Recaro sports seats for the interior, a new set of wheels, and in case anybody’s interested, some attention-grabbing livery that screams the name of the tuner. There are some hits and misses on this kit, as is the case for most tuning programs, but the core needs are there to make it an attractive choice among those who are looking to get more out of their M4s.

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2018 BMW M4 CS

2018 BMW M4 CS

Munich revives name from the past for limited-edition M4

Introduced in 2013, the 4 Series is one of the company’s newest nameplates and marked the end of the 3 Series Coupe, which it replaced in the brand’s catalog. The renamed two-door also adopted a new, evolutionary design inside and out, and received a lineup of brand-new and revised engines. The high-performance version was also rebadged from the M3 Coupe to the M4 and ditched the naturally aspirated V-8 engine for a turbocharged, inline-six powerplant. The M4 also brought the GTS badge back into showrooms in the form of a more powerful, track-focused, limited edition model. In 2017, the German brand launched yet another limited-edition, high-performance variant, the M4 CS.

The "CS" badge dates back to the late 1960s, when it was used for a more powerful version of the then-new BMW E9. At first called the 2000 CS, it later evolved into the 2800 CS, 3.0 CS, and 2.5 CS. The 3.0 CS spawned the iconic 3.0 CSL, a lighter, homologation special that went on to become BMW’s most iconic race car. The CSL name returned in 2004 for the M3 Coupe and it was once again brought back into the spotlight in 2015 with the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. Word has it that BMW dropped the L (which stands for Lightweight) from the badge since the CS isn’t significantly lighter than the standard M4 (a feature reserved for the GTS). Looks for the new M4 CS to hit dealerships by the end of the year, but don’t expect it to be around for too long. Much like the GTS, it should be sold out in a matter of months, if not weeks.

Updated 05/30/2017: BMW dropped a series of new images for the new M4 CS and we have to admit it looks even better in this cool Lime Rock Grey Metallic exterior paint.

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2017 BMW M4 GT4

2017 BMW M4 GT4

The M4 goes racing beyond DTM with a GT4-spec version

The BMW M4 came to be in 2013, when the German company unveiled its brand-new performance coupe in concept form. The introduction of the M4 marked the end of the road for the M3 Coupe, with all two-door versions of the 3 Series being moved under the new 4 Series denomination. On top of the new styling and nomenclature, the M4 also gained a new engine. The previous naturally aspirated V-8 was replaced with turbocharged inline-six with enhanced performance and fuel economy. Much like its predecessors, the M4 was also engineered for track use, spawning a successful DTM race car. However, unlike previous M3 Coupes, the M4 never made in other racing series. But things are set to change in 2018, when BMW will unleash a GT4-spec version of the two door coupe to replace the M3 GT4.

The new race car will compete in existing GT4 classes, which are included in various series in Europe, North America, and Asia. The car will be open to customer teams around the world, but will also be used to bring talented young drivers closer to the GT3 class as part of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme. The newly developed GT sports car has already completed its first tests at the end of 2016 and customers will be able to purchase it in 2017, just in time for the start of the 2018 racing season.

Continue reading for our full review.

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2017 BMW M4 CRT by Alpha-N Performance

2017 BMW M4 CRT by Alpha-N Performance

For customers still dreaming of one day owning a BMW M3 CRT

The BMW E90 M3 CRT was produced in such low numbers (only 67) that finding one on the road these days is a miracle. The M3 CRT was also historic in a lot of ways because it was the last M model that used a naturally aspirated engine before BMW transitioned to forced induction engines. So with history and exclusivity on its side, it’s difficult to get your hands on an actual M3 CRT. German tuner Alpha-N Performance doesn’t exactly have one itself, but it could have the next best thing: a program for the BMW M4 that adopts a lot of the characteristics of the M3 CRT, right down to the aerodynamic and power improvements that give the sports coupe 520 horsepower.

Granted, some people may point at the recently unveiled BMW M4 CS as a descendant of the M3 CRT, making it a perfectly capable alternative to its supposed predecessor. While there may be some thin truths to that, the M4 CS, as dear ‘ol Pops points out, isn’t so much a capable, track-focused M4 as it is an overpriced M4 that tries to convince you of its exclusivity simply because it’s carrying the “CS” name. Alpha-N Performance isn’t trying to hide anything with its M4 CRT program though. The use of the “CRT” badge may be off-putting to actual owners of the limited edition M3, but give credit to the German tuner for embracing its program and giving the coupe the aftermarket modifications it feels is worthy of the CRT badge.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M4 CRT by Alpha-N Performance

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The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets

Buy a Porsche 911 instead

So BMW finally unveiled the M4 CS. Big whoop! I simply cannot get excited about this glorified M4. And here’s why.

While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.

So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the "L" for "lightweight" to the "CS" badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.

How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?

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The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

And it’s 10 seconds slower on the Nurburgring

Last week we saw a bunch of great cars debut at the New York Auto Show, while this week we’re going to Shanghai, China, for more new vehicles. But, while carmakers unveiled their new products in New York and Shanghai, BMW took the wraps of its latest performance car outside these auto shows. Needless to say, it’s stealing the show because this new car is the highly anticipated M4 CS.

Designed to bridge the gap between the M4 with the Competition Package and the wild M4 GTS, this Club Sport-type coupe sports a number of custom features inside and out and a tweaked inline-six engine.

On the outside, it’s heavily based on the GTS, sharing almost the same aero kit and design, sans the big rear wing. However, the limited-edition M4 comes with an exclusive front splitter made from exposed carbon-fiber and a redesigned Gurney trunk lid spoiler. It also shares the OLED taillights and the carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) engine hood and roof, which pretty much makes it an M4 GTS without the wing.

Things are of the same variety inside the cabin, with the usual M4 interior complemented by race-oriented features like M sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and pull loops on the door panels. The latter are made from compacted natural fibers and have a unique look.

Arguably the most important changes were operated under the hood, where the turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine roars to the tune of 460 horsepower. That’s 10 horses more than the M4 with the Competition Package, but 33 horses less than the M4 GTS. Hitting 60 mph with the standard dual-clutch automatic takes 3.8 seconds, a tenth-second less than the standard M4. The GTS remains the quickest at 3.7 ticks though. The top speed of the M4 CS remains locked at 174 mph, the same figure you get with the M Driver’s package. That’s 19 mph more than standard top speed of M cars, but its 15 mph below the GTS’.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely mirrors that of the M4 with the Competition Package, but the control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified. As a result, the M4 CS lapped the Nurburgring in 7:38 minutes, making it the second-quickest Bimmer on the ’Ring, after the M4 GTS, which is around 10 seconds quicker. The CS’ time is actually pretty impressive, making it as quick as the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. At the same time, it’s quicker than the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The exclusive, limited-run, M4 CS will be priced from €116,900 in Europe. U.S. pricing and availability is not yet known.

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2017 BMW M4 by G-Power

2017 BMW M4 by G-Power

German tuner pushes the ante up on its program for the popular sports coupe

Just when it seemed like the aftermarket rush for all things BMW M4 was dying down, we’re once again reminded exactly how popular the performance coupe is in the eyes of the tuning world. Yes, there’s a new tuning program available for the M4 and, in case you’re wondering about its capabilities, the German tuner is promising loads of extra juice and power to the tune of 670 horses and 560 pound-feet of torque, more than what G-Power had at its disposal with its previous kit for the same model.

This is what you get when you let a tuner like G-Power stay in the shed longer than it probably had any business of being in. It’s not just about the extra power either, although to be clear, those numbers do scream top-shelf tuning quality. It’s also about rounding out the M4’s aesthetic and handling qualities, two things we also know G-Power is adept at if you give it space and freedom to work its magic on a program.

The visuals on this program are eye-catching, to say the least, especially those 21-inch Hurricane RR forged wheels whose bleeding orange color blends into the coupe’s own body color, creating a creamsicle-like treatment that’s definitely not for the weak of heart. Let’s also not forget about the mechanical nips and tucks received by the M4, most of which are presumably done to give the coupe a more rounded driving experience, something that should come as great value for a car now packing just shy of 700 ponies under its hood.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M4 by G-Power.

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All BMW Brought To New York Was A Set Of Wheels

All BMW Brought To New York Was A Set Of Wheels

A surprisingly meager effort from the Bavarians

All things considered, I’d argue the 2017 New York International Auto Show turned out to be pretty decent. The list of debuts ended up including stuff that’s fast, stuff that’s fancy, and a few things that are actually kinda weird. Nevertheless, a few of the automakers in attendance didn’t really bring their A-game for 2017, including BMW. You see, the only new stuff propped up at the Bimmer booth this year was a couple sets of upgraded wheels.

That said, they are pretty nice wheels. First up are large multi-spoke rollers finished in silver and fitted to a BMW M4 Convertible. The silver color is nicely complemented by the drop-top’s Yas Marina Blue exterior, filling the flared fenders with purpose. Get them as part of the optional Competition Package.

Then there are dark, split five-spoke wheels shown on a scorching Austin Yellow M3. Finished in black, these rollers look awesome alongside the dark-colored trim on the sporty four-door, and come offered in a variety of sizes between 19 and 20 inches in diameter. The Bavarians call them 763M, and they come direct from the brand’s M tuning division.

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Will Modern Road-Going Cars be Banned from Track Days?

Will Modern Road-Going Cars be Banned from Track Days?

It’s already starting to happen....

Modern day vehicle safety systems have proven themselves to be a huge benefit since we humans are too dumb to put down the phone and pay attention to the road. We’re so out of touch with paying attention to what we’re doing that manufacturers have had to develop automatic emergency braking and even lane keep assist systems to help prevent accidents. Our lack of attention isn’t limited to just cars either – remember the people who were walking into traffic during the Pokemon Go phase? Anyway, back to the topic, these automatic safety systems are great for road use, but what about the track? Well, truth is, these safety systems pose a serious hazard and can lead to mishaps on the track. That’s why the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America has taken a huge step and banned any vehicle with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist systems from some of their track day events.

In the official announcement, it is claimed that these systems may behave in “unpredictable and undesirable ways on the racetrack.” And, it makes sense, considering these systems are designed to prevent most of the maneuvers that happen during a competitive day at the track. GVC has gone so far as to say it will ban all vehicles equipped with these systems from its HPDE events, even if they can be disabled, and that anyone showing up with a vehicle equipped with such features will be denied participation and will forfeit their entry fees.

Sounds pretty intense, and is a low-blow to those who happen to own a vehicle with said systems. But, it gets worse. This is just one chapter of one club, and chances are this will catch on, and quick, as these systems can cause accidents on the track. A lot of BMW vehicles come standard with these systems and all will by 2022, so chances of taking a new BMW to any of these events in the future is slim and none.

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2018 BMW M4 Convertible

2018 BMW M4 Convertible

Bavaria’s new performance convertible is all freshened up

When BMW rolled out the M4 at the 2014 New York Auto Show, it represented the culmination of the 3 Series splitting into two distinct models. The four-door sedan version and all of its derivatives still carried the 3 Series name, but the sportier two-door variant was renamed the the 4 Series. The latter then gave birth to the M4 performance coupe, and three years after the first M4 burst into the scene and into our welcoming arms, BMW has finally announced an update to the coupe that has turned into one BMW’s most popular models.

Like with most updated models, the M4 Convertible remains the same, at least for the most part. The convertible’s design hasn’t changed, specifically in the front and rear fascias. That said, this isn’t the same exact M4 Convertibles either. There are upgrades in place all over the car that help distinguish it from its predecessor. Some are more obvious than others, but the objectives of freshening up the M4 Convertible for a plate of new customers are all there.

So if you’re in the market for a convertible that’s getting some nice new bits and pieces here and there, the updated BMW M4 Convertible makes for a pretty compelling option. Not only does it exude the confidence and outright braggadocio of BMW’s M Division, it’s also turned itself into the face of that same division. Now that same face just got a fresh set of updates. It seems to me at least that the good just got better.

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2017 BMW M4 by Cam Shaft

2017 BMW M4 by Cam Shaft

2017 has arrived, but the BMW M4 is still a tuning favorite

If there was ever such a thing as an award for the favorite car among aftermarket tuners in 2016, the BMW M4 would win that contest, and it wouldn’t even be close. Yes, the M4 turned in one of the greatest first-year runs of any car in recent memory and it’s nice to see that the performance coupe is still in fine form in 2017, at least as far as its affinity to tuning companies are concerned. We’re barely a month into the new year and we already have Cam Shaft presenting its new program for the M4 that includes, among other items, a nice bump in power to the tune of 513 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque.

Those figures are impressive when you consider that the power gains represent an increase of just under 100 horsepower and more than 120 pound-feet of torque over the M4’s standard splits. But as nice as it is to see Cam Shaft put in the work on the coupe’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine, it’s even more comforting to know that the German tuner also worked on the M4’s exterior and suspension, two equally important sections of the car that allows it to ride and handle like the highly-touted coupe it has become.

That’s to be expected though since this is Cam Shaft we’re talking about here. The tuner has a well-chronicled list of fine tuning works in the past, including notable programs for cars ranging from the Renault Clio RS to the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. Heck it even worked on the Hummer H1 at one point. Now it’s the BMW M4’s turn to go under the watchful and innovative tuning hands of Cam Shaft and the results are what you’d expect them to be knowing what the German tuner is fully capable of.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M4 by Cam Shaft.

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2018 BMW M4

2018 BMW M4

Mild update brings new headlamps graphics and new interior trim to BMW’s range-topping compact coupe

In a move of desperation to separate its sedan and coupe models, BMW decided to quit manufacturing two-door models under the 3 Series name, and instead call them the 4 Series. As such, the M3 Coupe became the M4 Coupe from model year 2012 forward. The model carried on practically unchanged for the first few years of its young life, but for the 2017 model year (2018 here in the U.S.,) BMW has brought a number of improvements to the M4 that includes LED headlights, 3D LED Taillights, and an updated navigation system as standard equipment. There is a mild power upgraded afforded as part of the facelift that increases output to 431 horsepower, a seven-horsepower increase, to go with a combined fuel economy rating of 32.1 mpg.

Of course, BMW didn’t see fit to do much in terms of visual updates, so don’t expect anything else on the outside to change outside of what I’ve already mentioned. The facelifted M4 carries on with the same front and rear fascias, as well as every single body line that emphasizes the car’s sporty character and dominant power delivery. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as the M4 was pretty damn attractive to begin with, so the few changes that come as part of this facelift should keep the model fresh through the turn of the decade when BMW will usher in the second-gen model.

Until then, however, let’s take a look at the updated model, talk a little more about it, and the competition that it’s forced to go head-to-head with in a demanding market.

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BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

Isn’t this how the 4 Series should have offered in the first place?

Prior to 2012, the 3 Series included the sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, but when BMW introduced the F30/F31-generation 3 Series, it decided to follow Audi’s footsteps and separate the 3 Series sedan from the coupe and cabriolet and began producing those body styles under the 4 Series name. With the 4 Series Coupe and Cabriolet models being introduced for the 2014 model year, it might be a little surprising to see that BMW has already given the baby of the BMW family a facelift, but for the 2017 model year (2018 model year for the U.S.,) BMW has taken the liberty of updating the sporty coupe with new looks, better technology, and even some powertrain and suspension updates to keep it fresh through the turn of the decade. Highlights include new LED exterior lights, a new front fascia, a new navigation system and instrument cluster, and some new color options inside and out.

The updated 4 Series will be available in a total of 31 different setups with a total of six different trim levels ranging from the entry-level 420i all the way up to the BMW 440i on the gasoline front and from the 420d up to the 435d xDrive for those of you who prefer oil burners. Few technical specifications for the various engines available have yet to be announced, but we know that the 420i will deliver 184 horsepower while the M44i will deliver 326 horsepower – that latter of which is a six-horsepower increase. On the diesel front, the 420d will deliver 190 horsepower while the 435d xDrive will offer up 313 horsepower. Then you’ve got the 4 Series Gran Coupe that comes with the model designation for 418d and has 150 ponies on tap. The 435d comes standard with xDrive, while it will be available as an add-on for most other models (it usually comes at a $2,000 premium over non-xDrive models)

But, it’s not all about engine and horsepower with this update. See, the updated 4 Series gets a revised suspension system that is now stiffer on the standard Coupe and Gran Coupe. While the dynamics of the suspension system have been updated for all models, including those with M Sport and Adaptive suspension. If you go with the 430 models or higher, you can opt for high-performance tires straight from the factory.

As far as looks go, all 4 Series models now come standard with LED headlights and LED fog lights as standard equipment – a big improvement over the xenon lights that came standard on the current model. And, even better yet, you’ll find restyled taillight lenses that are sportier and lit up by bright LED lights as well – a first for the 4 Series. The front fascia now features chrome trim that follows the lower edge of the fascia and wraps around the restyled fake vents that house the fog lights. Out back, a new chrome strip has been added to the slightly reworked rear fascia. As far as wheels go, there are four new wheels, three of which feature five primary spokes and one that features a dual, 10-spoke design. New exterior finishes include Snapper Rocks Blue (Shown on the M4 in the gallery) and Sunset Orange (shown on the convertible models in the gallery).

Finally, the interior gets an updated navigation system and new instrument cluster to go with an updated steering wheel. The infotainment display comes with the updated user interface that we saw in the new 5 Series in Detroit. To round out the interior updates, the dash gets double stitching while center stack trim now features gloss black trim. The trim around the power window controls and HVAC vents are not electroplated while the HVAC and CD changer controls get healthy doses of chrome. All told, that’s a lot of updates to a car that’s just a few years old, but it will surely be welcomed by Bimmer fans everywhere.

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BMW Built More M4 GTS Models Than Planned

BMW Built More M4 GTS Models Than Planned

More than 800 models of the M4 GTS were produced

Automakers overproducing special edition models is nothing new to the auto industry. It’s happened before and it’s going to continue to happen for as long as demand for these cars remain high. Besides, who really cares about a limited edition vehicle becoming slightly less limited, right?

That said, there are some exceptions, especially when it comes to models as sought after as the BMW M4 GTS. Apparently, members of the BimmerPost forum have been tracking the production of the high-performance M4 GTS based on actual VIN numbers of the cars that have already been produced. Based on the count, there are reportedly 803 units that were made of the sports car, not counting 27 more models that will be used for promotional purposes. That brings the total up to 830 models, 130 more than BMW initially intended.

A member of the forum even specified that the last non-U.S.-spec, left-hand drive M4 GTS model (VIN: K576992) was produced on October 27, 2016, while the last right-hand drive model (VIN: K577821) was produced on November 8, 2016. Finally, the last U.S.-spec model (VIN: K579111) was produced on November 28, 2016.

It’s unclear if BMW intended to overrun the production of the M4 GTS (likely) or there were some simple mistakes in counting (unlikely), what’s important is that there are more models to go around for buyers looking to score the souped-up version of the M4.

Interested buyers with deep pockets could also go online to look around different BMW dealerships all over the country that still have M4 GTS models with them. We counted 21 new or used models in Autotrader’s database, priced anywhere from $134,000 to $254,000. That tells us that there are still a handful of the 300 allocated units for the U.S. that are still looking for owners. Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of them.

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2017 BMW M4 Coupe "Wittmann" Edition

2017 BMW M4 Coupe "Wittmann" Edition

Well-deserved one-off M4 for a well-deserved champion

If you race for BMW and you win a championship, there’s a good chance that the German automaker will create a limited edition car to celebrate your conquest and for bringing honor and glory to Bavaria. Two-time DTM Driver’s Champion Marco Wittman has received this honor twice, having won the DTM championship for BMW in 2014 and 2016. The German automaker subsequently celebrated those two titles by releasing special edition M4 models, both of which went on sale in very limited quantities. But the awards just keep coming to the 26-year-old German racer and the latest one comes in the form of an M Performance-enhanced, Java Green BMW M4 that BMW gave to its title-winning driver.

To be clear, the one-off M4 Coupe is different from the M4 DTM Champion Edition that BMW launched to celebrate Wittman’s DTM driver’s title. That model will be sold in limited quantities – only 200 units – in Germany. This particular Java Green M4 is for Wittman alone. It’s a literal one-off model and he has the keys to it. It’s his.

Wittman joked that the M4 is his new “company car,” and if it is indeed that, it’s a pretty incredible one at that. Not only does it have a unique paint finish, it also has an assortment of aerodynamic bits and pieces that BMW’s M Performance division installed specifically to make the car that much more exclusive. It’s no wonder that Wittman was effusive with praise when he was handed the keys to the car, even complementing the Java Green paint finish as a color that “suits me very well.”

We’d be appreciative too if BMW built a one-off car specifically for us. Beyond the car though, the gesture is something that isn’t new to the German automaker. It’s built a lot of this special edition models for championship-winning race cars, past and present. Even Marc Marquez, the three-time Moto GP champion who doesn’t even race for BMW – he races for Repsol Honda – has been the recipient of special edition BMW cars as part of the company’s BMW M Awards in MotoGP. Marquez took ownership of a BMW M2 a few weeks after winning the M Award for the fourth time in a row, establishing his own reputation as the fastest qualifier in MotoGP.

But as nice as Marquez’s new M2 is, Wittman’s one-off M4 is a little saucier in our eyes. Translation: we like that one better.

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BMW Brings New M Performance Parts To Essen Motor Show

BMW Brings New M Performance Parts To Essen Motor Show

The M3 and M4 get loads of carbon-fiber and accessories

As the calendar year draws to an end, the Essen Motor Show comes to conclude the year of European motor shows with numerous tuning, motorsport, and track-race production models. The organizers expect more than 300,000 visitors to come to the exhibition halls at Essen’s Grugapark, which will have a wide array of cars and aftermarket products on display, including many from BMW.

The German automaker will bring its latest M Performance parts to Essen, as well as eight vehicles, including the M240i Convertible and the M2 Safety Car. The public will also be able to demonstrate their racing talent at the “DTM M4 Driving Simulator” by following in the tracks of Marco Wittmann, the newly crowned DTM champion.

As for the actual performance parts, BMW will introduce a handful of upgrades for the M3 and M4. First up, there’s carbon rear wing made entirely of carbon-fiber with the struts sporting M motorsport stripes in blue, red, and violet, and "Performance" lettering on the sides of the blade. The coupe and sedan will also get an M Performance suspension that will enable drivers to adjust ride height between five and 20 mm (0.2 and 0.8 inches) via a spring plate on the front and rear spring struts. The coil springs are painted red for a motorsport-inspired look. Both the carbon wing and the suspension system will be offered starting summer 2017.

The M3 and M4 will also get something new under the hood. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about power upgrades, but the new carbon engine cover should make a few enthusiasts happy. Made from hand-crafted, high-quality carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, it will give the M3 and M4 a race-inspired look under the lid.

The BMW booth will also showcase the brand’s new M Performance Accessories, including an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon trim and race display, gear selector lever and carbon handbrake grip with Alcantara bellows, 19-inch, double-spoke 405 M Bicolour alloy wheels, black matt rear diffuser, and carbon tailpipe trims. All these parts will be exhibited on an upgraded M240i Convertible model.

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2016 BMW M4 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

2016 BMW M4 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

German tuner returns with an even better program for the sports coupe

You can always count on the BMW M4 to be a favorite among aftermarket tuners, and as long as the car is around, you can expect more tuning companies to dive into their bag of tricks to build new programs for the sports coupe. Some, like Carbonfiber Dynamics, have even built multiple programs for the M4. I mentioned CarbonFiber Dynamics because it’s got an updated version of the M4R program for the high-performance coupe, one that builds from its own previous work back in February 2016 with plenty of new additions, including a more powerful net output of 700 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.

The extra power is the highlight of this new kit, but it’s far from the only one. It also received some new body wraps in the iconic colors of BMW’s own M Division. There’s also a new aerodynamic kit that’s in tune with the M4’s performance characteristics. Oh, and let’s not forget about the upgrades on the car’s exhaust, suspension, and brakes. They’re far from sexy additions to the M4, but with the massive engine upgrade anchoring the whole program, these auxiliary modifications serve important purposes themselves.

You can tell by how CarbonFiber Dynamics approached this program that the tuner wasn’t just content on offering something different from what it developed earlier this year. Nope. This one is better in a lot of ways and the results speak for themselves.

Take it what it’s worth, but just so you know, this new program for Carbonfiber Dynamics is arguably one of the most comprehensive aftermarket takes we’ve seen for the BMW M4 since the coupe arrived in 2014 to warm our hearts and break our piggy banks.

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2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

New special edition M4 pays homage to Marco Wittman’s championship in the just-concluded DTM series

Just like two years ago, newly crowned and now two-time DTM Drivers champion Marco Wittman is set to be honored with a new, limited edition BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. The special edition car is set to celebrate Wittman winning the 2016 drivers title in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series for BMW Team RMG.

The new special edition M4 DTM Champion Edition shares some similarities with its predecessor two years ago. Both were created in limited quantities and both were dressed to the nines with unique liveries and special badges to commemorate the BMW Motorsport Works race driver’s accomplishments.

Based largely on the BMW M4 GTS, the new M4 DTM Champion Edition comes with a bevy of modifications, both in the exterior and interior. One highlight, in particular, is the introduction of a new water injection system that Bosch developed for the M4 GTS last year, helping the special edition M4 DTM produce an output of 500 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and hit an electronically limited top speed of 189.5 mph to go with a sprint to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Only 200 units of the M4 DTM Champion Edition will be sold to the public, but the good news is that the German automaker plans to offer the special edition sports car globally. No word yet on which markets will get how many of the 200 units, but it does give those who missed out on the M4 GTS an new opportunity to get a more exclusive version at a price of €148,500, which converts to about $163,275.

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A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

If Your BMW M2, M3, or M4 was recalled last January, it’s likely to be recalled again

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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Bosch To Bring Water Injection from the M4 GTS to Other Models by 2019

Bosch To Bring Water Injection from the M4 GTS to Other Models by 2019

One quick trick in the fight against mpg and emissions restrictions

Hey kids! Wanna convince Mom and Dad that the family sedan really needs that new high-flow exhaust you’ve been eyeing? It’s simple – tell ‘em it’ll help boost mileage and fuel efficiency! It’s true – performance upgrades like a new exhaust and water injection system not only add ponies, but increase mpg as well. And according to Autocar, that’s exactly the logic Bosch is using as it plans to install its water injection system on more models by 2019.

Using water injection for better internal combustion is nothing new, but the latest high-visibility application of the tech is on the BMW M4 GTS, a track-ready two-door that’s quite obviously focused on performance above all else.

Bosch, a German-based multinational auto parts supplier, is the company behind the Bimmer’s water injection system, and reports a 5-percent increase in horsepower, a 13-percent increase in fuel efficiency, and a 4-percent drop in CO2 emissions when its in use.

“The system works best on cars with an output of more than 80 kw (107 horsepower) per liter,” Fabiana Piazza, global project manager at Bosch, told Autocar. “We’re launching it into the market now as tighter legislation and new real driving emissions tests are increasing the importance of this technology in all cars.”

“We are in contact with major automotive makers already, but we can’t talk about them in more detail at this stage,” said Martin Frohnmaier, Bosch project lead. “We can say that we expect the system to make mass production from 2019.”

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2016 BMW M4 GTS By G-Power

2016 BMW M4 GTS By G-Power

Limited edition M4 GTS gets exclsuive tuning program from one of the best BMW tuners in the biz

The BMW M4 GTS is more than the range-topping road version of the incredibly popular M4. It also serves as a living testament to the lengths BMW and its M performance division will go through to give its loyal customers a performance car that also doubles as a track-ready coupe. Obviously, a car with the credentials of the M4 GTS will attract its fair share of attention, especially in the tuning world. Look no further than than G-Power to add weight to the M4 GTS’s larger-than-life aura with a tuning program that puts the sports car’s output to an impressive 615 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.

The German tuner was able to squeeze out more power out of the M4 GTS’ twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six courtesy of its Bi-Tronik 2 V3 ECU upgrade. Those familiar with G-Power’s work should be familiar with this tuning module, as the tuner has used it at one point or another on its other BMW programs. The same holds true here as the module once again serves as the foundation of the M4 GTS tuning kit. Having said that, the engine upgrade isn’t the only relevant layer of this particular program. Keeping true to its reputation, G-Power also added a cosmetic touch to the equation by adding a new set of 21-inch wheels, replacing the “standard” versions BMW put into the car.

This program won’t win any awards for being all-encompassing, but for the things that could be improved on the M4 GTS, G-Power put in the work to address those needs. It’s worth noting that while BMW only released 700 units of the M4 GTS. Currently, four of the cars have already been modified with G-Power’s program.

As for the rest of the M4 GTS owners, I pose this question: will you be the next?

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2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

2016 BMW M4 by G-Power

The M3 also joins the 600-horsepower fun

The BMW M3 and BMW M4 remain two of the German automaker’s most popular models and it figures given their popularity, it is to be expected that a BMW aftermarket specialist like G-Power would have tuning programs for both of them. Not one to miss out on this opportunity, G-Power did exactly that, fitting the M3and M4 with a versatile tuning kit that helps give both M vehicles a supercar-worthy output of 600 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

Yes, it seems that BMW isn’t just content with building a program designed for just one model. The German tuner is now doing it for two, although it probably helps that the M3 and the M4 share a lot of mechanicals. In any event, the programs for both M performance models don’t just end with the engine upgrades. G-Power is also including an aerodynamic kit to help improve the cars’ downforce, a fully adjustable suspension kit to enhance the handling and balance of both the M3 and M4, and of course, a new set of its highly touted Hurricane RR wheels.

Owners of either the M3 or the M4 who are looking for some aftermarket assistance for their cars have plenty of tuners to choose from. But when it comes to high-quality kits for both models, few can do it better as G-Power.

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Ferrari F12berlinetta Takes On 700-Horsepower BMW M4: Video

Ferrari F12berlinetta Takes On 700-Horsepower BMW M4: Video

It’s closer to an even race with the M4 packing a Stage 3 performance upgrade

On the surface, a race between a BMW M4 and a Ferrari F12berlinetta isn’t a fair fight. Make no mistake, the M4 is fast, but It just can’t compete with the F12berlinetta. But, what happens when you have an M4 that packs a KK-Performance Stage 3 tuning kit? Well, that makes for a far more interesting race.

Let’s look at the tale of the tape. In one corner, you have the 3,758-pound F12berlinetta, which is powered by a 6.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 740 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. It’s powerful enough to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. In the other corner, there is the 3,553-pound, KK-Performance-tuned, BMW M4. It still rocks the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, but thanks to KK-Performance’s Stage 3 kit, power has been spiked up to 700 horsepower — close to 300 ponies of extra power compared to its standard 425-horsepower output.

Take all those numbers into consideration and you have a much more even fight than the slaughter that would’ve happened if the F12berlinetta raced a standard M4. So what happens when you line these two monsters next to each other and ask them to race to a quarter-mile? I don’t want to spoil the intrigue and I’m not even going to offer any hints or clues. I’ll just tell you to watch the video and enjoy the show.

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2017 BMW M4 Competition Sport Edition

2017 BMW M4 Competition Sport Edition

The limited-production car that sits perfectly between the standard M4 and the M4 GTS

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

2016 BMW M4 GTS DTM Safety Car

The rarest and most expensive safety car in DTM history

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

2016 BMW M4 Convertible by G Power

Drop-top M4 gets the full G-Power treatment

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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2016 BMW M4 GTS

2016 BMW M4 GTS

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

Top Gear Lines Up BMW M4 Against BMW i8: Video

Battle of the Bimmers pits tradition versus the future

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.

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Motor Trend Measures The BMW M4 Against The Chevrolet Camaro SS: Video

Motor Trend Measures The BMW M4 Against The Chevrolet Camaro SS: Video

The German sports car takes on the American muscle car

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.

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2016 BMW M4 by Mcchip-DKR

2016 BMW M4 by Mcchip-DKR

German tuner cooks up new performance kit for BMW’s resident M sports car

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

2016 BMW M4 MR4 by Carbonfiber Dynamics

Could this be the most powerful aftermarket M4 in the market?

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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2016 BMW M3 & M4 Competition Package

2016 BMW M3 & M4 Competition Package

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

2016 BMW M4 By B&B Automobiltechnik

German tuner gives customers plenty of tuning options for the car’s inline-six engine

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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BMW Talks About The Fifth Generation M3: Video

BMW Talks About The Fifth Generation M3: Video

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!

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BMW M4 GTS Lapped Nürburgring In About 7:28

BMW M4 GTS Lapped Nürburgring In About 7:28

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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BMW M2 Vs. BMW M4

BMW M2 Vs. BMW M4

When BMW decided to do a name revamp back in 2013, the 3 Series became the 4 Series, and the 1 Series Coupe became the 2 Series. This, of course, meant the 1M Coupe would be replaced the M2. All good things eventually come to an end, and as sad as we were to see the iconic 1M fall victim to a death warrant, it didn’t die in vain. The M2 so far has proved to be everything you would expect from a predecessor, and then some.

A couple months ago, we did a comparison between the new M2 and the late 1M. That comparison made us realize that we have sadly neglected another M model that is noteworthy – the BMW M4. That said, we’ve decided to compare the M2 and M4 to see how they stack against each other.

When the M4 came to be, it took on a new inline, six-cylinder engine as opposed to the V-8 that the previous M3 Coupe used. The new powerplant was more efficient and more powerful, which was a huge deal for the M4. Naturally, the M4 is based on the larger 4 Series, so it is larger than the M2 and carries more power on tap. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the M4 is better than the M2; it just means that they both bring their own uniqueness to the table.

The biggest downfall I found with the M4 is that it was heavy and, despite having more than 400 horses under the hood, it doesn’t come off as being as fun to drive on the track as it could have been. The M2, on the other hand, is more compact and lightweight, which should make it a joy to drive on the track. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at the two and see how they stack up against one another.

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2015 BMW M4 By G-Power

2015 BMW M4 By G-Power

Fresh off of introducing its new program for the BMW M6 Cabrio, G-Power is back at it again with a new program for the BMW M4, the car many consider as the headliner of BMW’s M lineup. The program is also applicable to the M3 Sedan, making it a doubly useful kit that can benefit owners of both models.

For this program, G-Power used an in-house developed, Bi-Tronik 2 V2 kit that’s been customized to work on the original control units of the M4 and M3. While it’s a more difficult procedure considering that it involves breaking down the engine’s factory 128-bit encryption, G-Power’s engineers relied on over 30 years of experience in engine development to crack the proverbial wall. Difficult as this process is, it’s also the purest way to achieve all-around performance improvement out of the M4’s 3.0-liter, inline-six engine.

Consider G-Power an authority on such things. The German tuner has a track record of exceptional aftermarket programs for a wide range of Bimmers. The Bi-Tronik 2 V2 kit for the M4 is just the latest example of this.

Judging by the lengths G-Power went to make this kit, it’s safe to say that the resulting power and performance improvements coming out of that inline-sixer is as pure and unfiltered as they’re going to get. That seems about right since you don’t expect anything less out of G-Power.

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2015 BMW M4 Coupe M Performance Edition

2015 BMW M4 Coupe M Performance Edition

Ever since the BMW M4 broke into the scene back in 2014, Bavaria’s resident sports coupe has received numerous iterations and special edition treatments. In just over a year, versions like the M4 GTS, M4 Coupe Individual, and M4 Pyrite Brown Edition have all taken center stage at various points in time. Now, BMW Japan is adding two more special edition versions of the M4 into the mix, one of which is called the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition.

Taking its cues from a handful of other special edition M4s released before it, the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition comes with a bevy of upgrades to the exterior and interior, although most of it can be found on the body of the sports coupe. Oddly enough, the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition doesn’t have any performance upgrades, although some of the new components on the exterior of the M4 can be described as “performance-enhancing.”

Another downside to this special edition M4 is its availability. BMW’s only making this available in Japan so unless you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re not going to get access to buying any of the 17 units BMW is building of the M4 Coupe M Performance Edition.

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2016 BMW Concept M4 GTS

2016 BMW Concept M4 GTS

The 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance hosted many car debuts, including the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and a couple of BMW concepts, one of which is the 2016 BMW M4 GTS. Showcased more than a year after the new 2015 BMW M4 arrived, the Concept M4 GTS previews the much-rumored M4 GTS, a high-performance, track-focused coupe built in the vein of the limited-edition, 2010 M3 GTS and its iconic forerunners, including the 1988 M3 Evolution and the 2001 to 2003 M3 CSL.

"While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motorsport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track," explains Frank van Meel, president of BMW M Division. "Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense."

The carmaker didn’t say how long until the production version arrives, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it break cover by the end of 2015. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what appears to be a production-ready coupe.

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BMW Individual Builds Special M4 Coupe To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

BMW Individual Builds Special M4 Coupe To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

BMW has released a new batch of photos showing off a new 2015 BMW M4 that commemorates a faithful customer’s 25 years of driving M cars. Customized by BMW Individual Manufaktur, this one-of-a-kind M4 features plenty of bespoke touches and Easter eggs for fans of fast BMWs.

Let’s start on the outside. The body has been painted up in a unique shade BMW calls Macao Blue metallic, which is apparently similar to the color of the customer’s first M car, while the BMW M front splitter, grill and rear spoiler have all been finished in black. The three stripes from the BMW M logo run the length of the carbon-fiber roof over the driver-side window.

Inside, the seats are wrapped in black Merino leather with Silverstone gray inserts and stitching, and the headrests sport special 25th anniversary logos with the customer’s initials. The center console is Silverstone gray with an embroidered, black hand-brake lever. The dash features more black leather with Silverstone gray stitching, and carbon fiber panels with Macao Blue accents.

No performance enhancements were made, but with 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque at just 1,850 rpm, the M4 isn’t exactly lacking for pace. Thanks to aluminum suspension, subframes and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic bodywork, weight has been kept to 3,300 pounds, which is 176 less than the car it replaces. It all translates to a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes 52 seconds.

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BMW M4 Vs. BMW M6: Video

BMW M4 Vs. BMW M6: Video

For the longest time, the M3 and M5 were the only two M cars you could buy, but now the M badge has proliferated across the BMW lineup. What was once the just the M3 has now spawned the M4. The M6 comes in both coupe and four-door coupe flavors. Want a faster SUV or crossover? Look no further than the 2015 BMW X5 M and 2015 BMW X6 M. And that’s not even counting M Performance cars like the 2014 BMW M235i or the upcoming M2 sport coupe and M7 fast full-size sedan. I might need a new “M” key by the time I finish typing this.

For my money the M4 and M6 Coupe are probably the two most desirable M cars in the current range, and the two came together for this half-mile drag race caught on camera by the Bay Area Racing YouTube channel. By the looks and sounds of the two, they’re far from stock. Both wear Vörsteiner body kits and wheels. I’m normally not a body-kit-kind-of-guy, but the kits for both cars land in good place on the understated/obnoxious continuum.

In stock form, the M4’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine puts down 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 in the M6 produces 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. We’re not sure how much power these two are making, but we imagine it’s a good bit more than that. Both drivers stomp the loud pedal after a rolling start, and get on with the job of making it to the other end of the half-mile stretch of runway as quickly as possible. Can the lighter M4 hold off the (presumably) more-powerful M6? Watch and find out.

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BMW M4 GTS Will Drop Rear Seats And 220 LBS

BMW M4 GTS Will Drop Rear Seats And 220 LBS

BMW’s badging for special versions of M products sometimes feels a bit like it’s being made up as they go along. But the upcoming M4 GTS is not only a return of the GTS badge, first used on the 2010 M3 GTS, but it is also shaping up to be quite an impressive car. We’ve been getting piecemeal bits of information about the car for a little while, and the latest news from Bimmerpost tells us a bit about the weight savings we can expect from the car.

The first thing to look for is that there will be no back seat. Rear seat deletes are pretty much standard for all really serious track-focused versions of 2+2 coupes. The body will also be 220 pounds lighter than that of the standard M4, doubtless through the use of carbon fiber, as was the case with the previous GTS. A number of other creature comforts will be deleted, such as the infotainment and climate control systems, and racing seats will replace the remaining two seats. There might be options available in Europe which won’t be available in the US, but this is still undetermined.

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BMW Car Club of America Raffles M4 Dinan Club Edition

BMW Car Club of America Raffles M4 Dinan Club Edition

For the first time in its 14-year history, the BMW Car Club of America’s annual Car of Your Dreams Raffle will give away a fully tuned and custom-built Bimmer sporting a huge array of performance parts from one of the world’s leading go-faster shops, Dinan Engineering. The Grand Prize will be a 2015 M4 Coupe Dinan Club Edition with over 20 grand in upgrades, a total package value of $110,000.

Draped in an Alpine White paint job and boasting 530 horsepower, 504 pound-feet of torque, and a slew of tasty carbon-fiber add-ons, the hyper-powered two-door is ostensibly one of the most valuable and powerful M4s in existence.

“This year, we’re proud to present a Grand Prize raffle car engineered by Steve Dinan, rolling on Forgeline metal and gripping the road courtesy of Michelin. Three of the top names in automotive excitement join the Ultimate Drivers’ Club in bringing you the M4 of your dreams,” said Frank Patek, executive director of the BMW CCA.

In addition to the uber-Bavarian sled Grand Prize, the raffle will also give away a brand-new F80 M3 sedan, MSRP $62,000, and a brand-new M235i coupe, MSRP $43,100. There will also be special drawings for every ticket purchased during specific designated periods, with prizes including $1,000 gift cards for IHG Hotels, Michelin Tires, Shell gas, Best Buy, and Amex.

Tickets are currently available for $25 a pop to BMW CCA members only, so you’ll need to join if you want to win. Each ticket offers a 1-in-5,000 chance of winning a car. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The entry deadline is September 10. 

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2016 M3 and M4 Pricing Revealed Via Leaked Ordering Guide

2016 M3 and M4 Pricing Revealed Via Leaked Ordering Guide

Both the BMW 3 Series and the M3 have just received their facelifts for the 2016 model year, and, as many of you are aware, updates are far from significant. Aside from the new 3.0-liter, inline-six in the 340i model, which replaces the previous 335i, both cars are about new light clusters and slightly revised dashboards. As a result, it was expected prices would see only minor adjustments compared to 2015. Now, an ordering guide that has just hit the Interwebz via Bimmer Post confirms that pricing for the 2016 M3 has seen a modest increase.

According to the guide, customers looking to buy the facelifted M3 would have to pay $63,200 before options. That’s an increase of $1,200 over 2015. Also, bundles such as the Driver Assistance Plus, the Executive Package, and the Lighting Package would cost $1,700, $3,500, and $1,900, respectively. Also, the available double-clutch transmission retails for $2,900, while the Adaptive M suspension fetches $1,000.

Having received similar updates, the M4 coupe is also $1,200 more expensive than last year’s model, meaning it retails from $65,400 for 2016. Likewise, the 2016 M4 Convertible sports a $1,400 premium, taking the new sticker to $74,900.

Pricing for the milder 3 Series and 4 Series have yet to be announced, but BMW should spill the beans later this summer. Stay tuned for updates.

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BMW M4 Post Trip; Shmee Shares His Thoughts With Us: Video

BMW M4 Post Trip; Shmee Shares His Thoughts With Us: Video

We’re used to watching YouTube supercar impresario Shmee150 wielding his camera phone at million-dollar hypercars. So, seeing him delve into the details of a real-world car like this BMW M4, is a definite change of pace. The Shmeester recently wrapped up a supercar tour of mainland Europe, and this Austin Yellow Metallic M4, generously loaned to him by the BMW UK press office, served as his primary transport.

It’s probably easy to get desensitized to the awesomeness of cars like the M4 when you’re constantly filming and driving Ferraris and McLarens, but Shmee genuinely seems to have enjoyed his time with it. He doesn’t even mind the artificial engine noise pumped through the audio system (for the record, neither do I), and cites the M4’s outstanding ability to completely change its character via its individually adjustable suspension, steering and transmission settings.

The M4 packs a new 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight six that produces 425 horsepower and an incredible 406 pound-feet of torque accessible from as low as 1,850 rpm. It has also shed about 175 pounds over the E92 M3. In other words, it can hold its own against the exotics we’re used to seeing in Shmee’s videos.

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BMW M4 Reviewed By The Owner: Video

BMW M4 Reviewed By The Owner: Video

If you were asked to analyze your own personal car, how would you describe it? Would you recommend it to your friends and family? How about if over a hundred thousand netizens looked to you for guidance? That was the task Nick Murray assigned himself after six months behind the wheel of the venerable BMW M4. Thankfully, Murray covers every facet of the vehicle in this exhaustive 36-minute review, throwing in a bit of RWD sliding in the snow for fun.

Murray starts with this brilliant approximation of the stereotypical M performance nut: “I think some M4/M3 owners might tell you ‘I own and M4 or M3 because it’s a fast executive coupe that can also be used for track days on the weekends.’ Don’t listen to those liars! Every M3 or M4 owner is a nine-year-old trapped in an adult’s body. And what’s a nine-year-old want to do? They want to drag race their friends and beat them, they want to do skids and wheelies, and they want to drift their trikes around corners.” Indeed.

Some highway driving, an explanation of interior functions, a discussion of features, and some viewership Q&A follow the powdery hooliganism. There’s even a blooper reel.

All told, Murray covers every aspect of his M4 in exacting detail. Check it out and let us know if you agree with his opinions.

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2015 BMW M4 Coupe Pyrite Brown Edition

2015 BMW M4 Coupe Pyrite Brown Edition

Noted for its exotic police vehicles, Abu Dhabi is also home to one of BMW’s busiest dealerships. From the striped 335i M Performance Edition to the flashy M6 Gran Coupe Java Green, BMW Abu Dhabi rolled out an unprecedented number of bespoke cars throughout 2014. And as you might have already guessed, I’m here to tell you the showroom is looking to sell even more bespoke BMWs in 2015. Its most recent delivery is the M4 Coupe Pyrite Brown Edition showcased below, which illustrates the customization potential for the M4, one of BMW’s best-selling models in the Middle East.

Like most bespoke vehicles paraded by BMW Abu Dhabi, the Pyrite Brown Edition is equipped with many optional features, including a custom paint job and an interior trim picked from the Individual catalog. The coupe is also a one-off and not a limited-edition series as its name might suggest. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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