Speaking of the steering inputs, the M engineers have certainly improved upon the F80/F82 recipe. The steering rack was updated and is certainly more precise, heavier and with more road feedback. Acceleration on the long straights of the racetrack was another discipline in which the new M4 shines and sets itself apart from its predecessor. The sheer and constant power delivery of the S58 engine was brutal in Sport Plus, but harmonized seamlessly with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The automatic keeps the car in the best possible rpm range for maximum power delivery.
It’s hard to imagine that it could be done better using the shift paddles.
At the end of the long straight, the standard M compound braking system slows down the M4 mercilessly, while the extremely precise steering allows me to maneuver the M4 perfectly into the curve. Thanks to the great steering feedback, I was able to position the M4 with millimeter precision and thus also achieved higher cornering speeds lap after lap.
Price and Availability
The first units of the all-new BMW M3 and M4 arrived at the dealerships around the world already some time ago. The official market launch is just a few days away and the first customers should receive the keys to their new M models soon. If you also want to call the new M3 or M4 your own soon, you have to pay at least $69,900 for the M3 or $71,800 for the M4 in the United States for the purist base version with a six-gear manual transmission.
An uplift of $2,900 will get you the respective Competition model with the 8-speed M steptronic automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive models, equipped with the M xDrive system, will become available from Summer 2021 onwards (pricing yet unknown).
Over the course of the year, the BMW M4 Competition convertible with M xDrive will complete the model range for the time being. As we know, also the first-ever BMW M3 Touring is in the making and scheduled to arrive in 2022. By then, the M3 and M4 model plate will be the most diverse ever, offering customers the widest possible choice.
Should I Buy One?
The new generation of the BMW M3 and M4 takes driving dynamics and performance to a new level. It lives up to the spirit of the M3 models and combines everyday practicality and racing performance in an impressive form. If you approach your new M3 or M4 in your driveway, you can either decide to go grocery shopping or head to the racetrack. The car is capable of doing both in a great manner. Just ignore the grille for now and go for a test drive.