There is also a BMW M4 CS model available. It develops 454bhp, and does 0-62 in 3.9 seconds before maxing out at 174mph.
Surprisingly, it has good road manners in the town. On the motorway, it’s a fine cruiser, and when you want to ball it on country roads, it’s ready to raise Hell.
You can choose between an automatic or a manual gearbox, but we suggest sticking with the automatic. Not only does it let you change the speed of its gear shifts, but it also helps to keep running costs respectable. So, too, does the much-maligned turbochargers and some fuel-saving tech, including brake energy regeneration.
Thanks to all this, it’s 35% cheaper to run than the old BMW M3, returning 32.1mpg economy at best. It’s better for the environment too, and now emits 204g/km of CO2.
The CS model is actually even cheaper to run, returning 33.6mpg, and emitting 197g/km of CO2.
Inside, comfort is not guaranteed by the sporty suspension. However, it is adjustable and has a soft setting. Noise is an issue, though, with the high-performance 19” alloys thundering their way into your cabin.
That said, the interior is a gorgeous place to spend your time. The heated and electronically adjustable sports seats are befitting of such an upmarket coupe, and the whole layout is designed to be very race-car-esque. We love the Alcantara on the centre console and steering wheel, too.
The BMW M4 Coupe is practical, too. The four seats are some of the comfiest in any car right now, the boot measures a reasonable 445-litres, but the sloping roofline will limit headroom for taller passengers. Legroom is excellent, though.
BMW – £59,000 – £129,900