The BMW M4 coupe will have a power output of 424bhp, according to information revealed by BMW, which includes full technical specifcations of the new car.
Although the final car won’t be fully revealed until January’s Detroit Motor Show, we’ve already had a ride in a prototype – with British DTM German touring car star Andy Priaulx at the helm. And we can report that the M4 coupe is set to be even quicker, lighter and greener than its predecessors.
The new car is also set to be far more efficient; while official eco figures haven’t yet been released, BMW claims the two M cars will emit less than 200g/km of CO2, which translates to around 33mpg on the official EU test.
Nearly as much emphasis has been put on cutting weight as increasing power. The M4 will get a carbon fibre roof as standard, plus an aluminium bonnet and a tailgate that uses plastic panels on a carbon frame. The BMW M4 will weigh less than 1,500kg – about 80kg less than the previous E92 M3 coupe.
Buyers will still be able to choose between a twin-clutch DCT paddleshift transmission and a conventional six-speed manual. M-Division’s engineering boss Albert Biermann tells us he sees a manual box as a “non-negotiable part” of the package. For the first time, carbon-ceramic brakes will be offered as an option.
BMW hasn’t released official performance figures, but we’re told to expect 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds. That only leaves the question of how much the newcomer will cost. BMW won’t confirm pricing until nearer to next summer’s UK launch, but we’re promised that the premium demanded over the previous model will be relatively modest – suggesting £57,000 for the M4.
Don’t be surprised if the BMW M4 turns out to be one of 2014’s most desirable performance cars.