On a basic level you can class the M4 as a straight up replacement/mutation of the M3. Building upon the winning formula of the M3, the general set-up will seem familiar; however there are a range of improvements and design alterations that really make it really stand out from crowd.
At first glance it’s pretty much what you’d expect a BMW of this class to look like, yet the exterior design is sleeker and sexier than your average M3 . It’s got an aggressive looking nose, a number of gill like vents along the side, lots of weight reducing carbon fibre, a quad exhaust set up and a wider rear axle giving the car more width at the back – all resulting in a meaner, more powerful look compared to any of its predecessors. The car also boasts a low stance and coinciding centre of gravity, which not only adds to the 2014 BMW M4’s sport car appeal, but when combined with it’s almost perfectly balanced weight distribution, gives this car absolutely phenomenal handling and control around even the tightest corners.
At the press of a button the 2014 BMW M4 transforms from a comfortable road cruiser to a relentless speed demon that can rock your socks off and even the socks off other surrounding sports cars. This is a ridiculously fast machine boasting a 425bhp turbo charged 3.0ltr 6-cylinder engine which literally launches off the start line doing 0-62 in 4.1 seconds and easily reaching its top speed of 155mph. There’s also a ton of enjoyment to be had as a driver from this being channelled through its rear wheel drive. The rear is supported through stability and traction control which can easily be turned off if you need to indulge in a session of high speed drifting. It also comes equipped with duel-clutch gearbox and launch control as a saucy standard feature.
Although the 2014 BMW M4 certainly can’t compete with the likes of the Renault Twingo on eco-friendliness, BMW have made leaps and bounds of improvement (compared to the M3’s V8) with a claimed emission level of 194g/km.
Downsides to this car are few and far between but they namely point to some thinking that the M4’s rear seat headroom is less accommodating to full grown adults and that the sound quality of the engine isn’t comparable to some of the roaring older models. These are niggling details however.
So in layman’s terms, what have you got here with the 2014 BMW M4? It’s an impressively engineered development on the M3 platform which not only excels with supercar level performance but also lends itself fairly well to practical use. It has to be said that this is a fantastic all-round high performance vehicle that simply oozes charisma on the road. The 2014 BMW M4 is expensive, starting at £56,635, but everything considered, it’s actually very good value for money for what you’re getting. So does it live up to the BMW M Series legend? The answer is a resounding yes.
What do you think of the 2014 BMW M4?
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