BMW M4 IN AUSTRALIA FROM JUNE
BMW's mad new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe models launch in Australia this week, with the latter marking the first-ever appearance of the name.
The new Bavarian gruntmeisters are lighter and meaner than their predecessors, but you’ll also pay more for the privilege.
Pricing is up for both, with the M3 kicking off at $156,900 and the M4 entering at $166,900 - compared to the $157,000 launch price of the now retired M3 Coupe.
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BMW Australia, however, says it has added around $8500 in extra features over the outgoing models.
The price rise is unlikely to deter many buyers, with the M midsizers consistently standing out as a benchmark in the prestige performance wars.
The F80 M3 and F82 M4 are both powered by BMW’s 317kW/550Nm twin-turbo 3.0 litre inline six, replacing the venerable 4.0 litre V8 that offered 309kW and 400Nm in the E90 and E92.
In both sedan and coupe form, BMW says its new M cars will hit 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds with the seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
By comparison, the previous models boasted a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds. The new models can thank a roughly 60kg weight loss regime for their quicker moves, along with the DCT’s integrated launch control system.
A six-speed manual is also available as a no-cost option, although sprint times for that shifter have not been offered yet.
Both models get a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof (CFRP), marking a 5kg saving on its own, along with a liberal use of the lightweight material throughout the body.
All of this, BMW says, adds up to a nearly 50:50 weight distribution in both bodystyles.
Fuel consumption is also improved, falling by around 25 percent to just 8.8 l/100km. (European cycle; Australian figures still to be confirmed.)
BMW M's enhanced Active M differential is on-board to help with traction, while an M Dynamic Mode in the traction control system offers generous slip without completely disengaging the system.
Standard features with both cars include 19-inch M wheels, Adaptive M suspension, Active Protection system, 8.8 inch display, reversing camera, Surround View cameras, Intelligent eCall, and digital radio.
The sedan also gets an electric rear window blind and manual rear side windows.
Both also get active bi-xenon headlights, LED tail lights, M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, carbon fibre and black chrome highlights, ‘Merino’ leather upholstery, heated and powered M sports seats up front, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors front and rear, 20gb music drive, 16-speaker 600W harman/kardon audio and USB/Bluetooth connectivity.
A glass electric sunroof can be added as a no-cost option, however this also deletes the carbon-fibre roof (and you’ll lose the near 50:50 weight distribution).
“The M3 has always been synonymous with high-performance sports cars and is revered for delivering refined, razor sharp dynamics and performance,” BMW Australia boss Phil Horton said today.
“In 2014 the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupé will reset the standard in terms of high-performance precision and agility - and true to form, they are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any performance driving enthusiast.”
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
The BMW M4 and M3 are available for order now. The M4 Convertible is also bound for Australia, although exact price and timing is still to be confirmed.
- BMW M3 Sedan - $156,900
- BMW M4 Coupe - $166,900