New BMW M3 and M4: What to expect?

A lot has been said about the upcoming sixth-gen M3 and its two-door brethren, the M4. We have seen them in numerous spied images, some test prototypes dropped by BMW, and a few teaser images of the pair ahead of the full reveal. So as BMW will be dropping the covers off the M3 and M4 tomorrow, let us take a look at everything we know so far about the go-fast sedan (and its coupe version).

BMW M4 Right Front Three Quarter

Codename –

The successor to the outgoing F80 M3, the new-gen model is codenamed as G80. Based on the G20 3 Series sedan and the G22 4 Series coupe, the pair will soon be joined by a four-door Gran Coupe and a drop-top convertible model as well.

BMW M4 Right Front Three Quarter

What’s more, there will also be a Touring version for the first time in the history of M3. And of course, there are the race car version for the DTM racing amongst others.  

Engine –

BMW M4 Engine Shot

Differentiating an M3 from the standard 3 Series is what resides under its bulging hood. Although the capacity is retained at 3.0-litre from the straight-six, the new turbocharged engine will now put out close to 475bhp in the standard guise. BMW will also offer a six-speed manual and will also stick to the characteristic rear-wheel drive.

BMW M4 Right Side View

However, the M3/M4 Competition version of the duo – for the first time – will breach the 500bhp mark. With an output of 503bhp and around 650Nm, it will get an eight-speed automatic and – another first for the M3 and M4 – an xDrive four-wheel-drive system. This is the same system which does duty in the M5.

Hardware –

BMW M4 Right Rear Three Quarter

BMW claims that the new M3 (and M4) is built on the stiffer chassis of the G20. They have undergone significant changes under the skin as they are developed ground-up sharing very little with the standard or the outgoing model. 

BMW M4 Grille

So, the new chassis gets independent and wider axles. There are stiffer struts and wider tyres to make them more stable on a straight line. And we hope it would still leave clouds of burnt rubber in its wake when you show it some corner!

Styling –

BMW M4 Right Rear Three Quarter

Lastly, BMW has confirmed in its teaser series that both the M3 and M4 will adorn that massive, vertical, snorting kidney grille we first saw on the i4 Concept last year. Move past that – we know we want to, as quickly as possible – and you’d have the typical M3 traits we have seen in the last four decades. 

BMW M4 Gear Selector Dial

Here are all the upgrades we expect to see – larger air-dams upfront (apart from the ridiculous grille), lowered ride height, flared wheel arches, quad exhaust at the back, muscular sheet metal work, aerodynamic wing mirrors, lip spoiler, and a whole lot of carbon-fibre elements like the bonnet and roof.

Sale –

BMW M4 Rear view

After the global premiere, we expect the new-gen M3 and M4 to go on sale in international markets sometime in 2021. The other body styles – Estate, Gran Coupe and Convertible – will soon follow. We also expect it to reach our shore, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that, perhaps till 2022.BMW M4N/AGet Offers from Dealer

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New BMW M3 and M4 revealed alongside their Competition guise

September 25, 2020, 11:00 AM IST18,273 Views

New BMW M3 and M4 revealed alongside their Competition guise

–         Market launch in March 2021

–         Developed alongside M4 GT race car

BMW is in the news for its newest reveals, and this time not for the right reasons. The Bavarian carmaker has a sports sedan in its line-up which has been renowned to be the ultimate driver’s machine for almost four decades. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Front Three Quarter

Yes, we are talking about the M3. In its sixth-generation now, the BMW M3, and its two-door version M4, are here in their newest avatar. But that gaping front grille is dividing opinions to such an extent that the masses are ready to disregard the rest of the car with it.

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Front Three Quarter

But let’s take a look at the rest of the car, before talking about the grille. Behind the grille, err…, under the bonnet is a new and revamped 3.0-litre, straight-six, twin-turbocharged engine which has breached the 500bhp mark for the first time. Making 503bhp and 650Nm, the high‑revving motor is paired to an eight-speed automatic in the cars wearing the Competition badge. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Engine Shot

However, also available in the standard guise is a six-speed manual gearbox. BMW does listen to its purists then. But on the downside, the iconic RWD setup of the M3 now witnesses an introduction of the xDrive AWD configuration. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Rear Three Quarter

Hardware changes include sports exhaust system with electrically operated flaps, Active M differential, Adaptive M suspension, Servotronic steering, wider axles both fore and aft, and better braking system. The M compound brakes are standard, while the M carbon-ceramic brakes are optional. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Rear view

Also, the dynamic stability control (DSC), for the first time, integrates the wheel slip limitation and the M traction control is adjustable through 10 stages. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Front Row Seats

On the inside, the sporty cabin gets focused carbon bucket seats in the M4, while the ones on the M3 appear to be more comfort-oriented. We also see the M-specific buttons, finished in red colour, positioned on the steering wheel. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Front Row Seats

The pair also gets other creature comforts like HUD, air-con, Merino leather and Alcantara upholstery, and an all-digital cockpit. There’s a whole list of driver’s and safety hardware integrated into the pair so that you can emerge safely on the other side, even after acting like a nut behind the steering wheel. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Front Three Quarter

As for the exterior styling, we love the rear of both the cars – which are now distinct to each other. The M4 gets a sleeker pair of taillights (like 8 Coupe) compared to the 3 Series inspired ones on the M3. The quad-exhaust on the muscular bumper makes things look even more handsome. 

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Side View

The profile and rest of the design elements of the M3 and M4 are characteristic too. And that makes them instantly recognisable. But it will take a long time for us to acquire a taste for that front grille design.

BMW M3 [2018-2019] Right Front Three Quarter

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2021 BMW M3 teased in green colour ahead of official unveiling on 23 September

September 21, 2020, 06:47 PM IST4,802 Views

2021 BMW M3 teased in green colour ahead of official unveiling on 23 September

– New BMW M3 teased in Isle of Man green colour

– New BMW M4 to be introduced in Sao Paolo yellow colour option

BMW M4 Rear view

Ahead of its official unveiling on 23 September, the German car manufacturer has released a set of smoky teasers revealing some of the key features of the upcoming 2021 BMW M3. As seen in the images, the updated model is expected to be offered in a new Isle of Man green colour. The 2021 BMW M3 will debut alongside the M4 Coupe which will be introduced in Sao Paolo yellow colour option.

BMW M4 Front Row Seats

As seen in the teaser, the BMW M3 gets a large kidney grille, aerodynamic ORVMs, sportier side skirts, and an aggressive rear section. The vehicle will get a unique headlamp design along with blacked-out treatment and a subtle badging. The M4 Coupe will also get a sportier bumper, four-tailpipe exhaust system, and a trunk mounted spoiler.

BMW M4 Gear Shifter/Gear Shifter Stalk

Mechanically, the vehicle will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged, inline, six-cylinder engine that produces 472bhp, while the M4 is expected to produce about 503bhp. This engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The upcoming vehicles will get an all-wheel drive system as standard. 

More details about the new BMW M3 and the M4 will be known post its official unveiling.BMW M4N/A

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BMW is finally building an M3 Touring

August 14, 2020, 03:30 PM IST4,710 Views

BMW is finally building an M3 Touring

–         Will debut alongside the coupe and sedan in September

–         The Convertible will arrive next year

In its four decades of existence, the BMW M3 nameplate has seen numerous body styles. Apart from the usual coupe, sedan, convertible, it also got race car versions with roll cages and massive wings, and even a pick-up (as an April Fool’s joke). But never was there an M3 Touring before. Until now.

BMW has officially teased the M3 Touring (estate/station wagon) ahead of its global premiere next month alongside the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. If you are wondering, yes, BMW did make an E43 M3 Touring Prototype twenty years ago. But the one-off model never saw the light of day. Now, the Bavarian carmaker is confident that this M3 Touring won’t be restricted to just drawing boards. It will be the second M Touring till date after the M5 Touring.

Powering it will be the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six motor with close to 500bhp. Meanwhile, the Competition trim of the M3 Touring is also on the cards with the same 500+bhp as the sedan/coupe. It will also get wider axles (talk about those gorgeous flared wheel arches), large air intakes, lowered ride height, and quad exhaust at the back.

The first BMW M3 Touring is in the making since two years and is still in the early stage of its series-development process. Like a true M Division product, the M3 Touring is also developed on the Nurburging. And BMW says we’ll keep seeing its prototypes undergoing testing at the Green Hell until the production version hits the streets.BMW M3 [2018-2019]N/A

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New BMW M4 teased in the GT3 race car guise

July 23, 2020, 11:00 AM IST3,307 Views

New BMW M4 teased in the GT3 race car guise

–         M4 GT3 race car will debut in 2021

–         M3 and M4 are expected to break cover in September

It is BMW’s tradition now to introduce the race car version of the new M model before the production version premiere to the public. They did the same with the M8 and the M6 before it. This time around, the Bavarian carmaker has dropped a few images of the M4 GT3 showcasing the new M coupe in the race car guise.

Although the current BMW GT3 race car won’t retire until 2022, work has commenced on the M4 GT3. It will make a racing debut in the 2022 season. Between now and then, the BMW Motorsport engineers and BMW works drivers still get down to the development and testing of the M4 GT3. BMW works driver Augusto Farfus will be behind the wheel as the development will move across various race tracks.

Within the flared wheel arches and below the massive the production-ready tail lamps of the sports coupe is visible. There’s no image of the front, but we expect the M4’s massive vertical kidney grille will be used on the race car as well. The Bavarian carmaker stated that the M4 GT3’s development started back in 2019 with CFD simulations. Then BMW Motorsport jumped in with testing the engine in February this year. It means that the M3/M4 will basically employ the new racecar-derived S58 engine, as has been the case with all the M cars before.

More details on the newest 500bhp sports car from the M Division will surface in coming months. Stay tuned to CarWale.BMW M4N/A

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BMW M3 and M4 official details revealed; 503bhp confirmed

July 01, 2020, 08:30 PM IST2,830 Views

BMW M3 and M4 official details revealed; 503bhp confirmed

– Standard guise will have 475bhp

– Might sport the massive new kidney grille

It’s no secret that BMW is developing its latest generation of M car based on the G20 3 Series. The replacement for the F80 M3 was teased last week undergoing final testing at the Nurburgring. Now, the Bavarian carmaker has given out the official details on the newest M sports sedan (and its two-door brethren as well).

BMW M4 Engine Shot

Both the new M3 and M4 will be powered by the new 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbocharged engine which will make close to 475bhp in the standard guise. It will be offered with a six-speed manual and will stick to rear-wheel drive. But all eyes are on the M3/M4 Competition which is boosted to punch out 503bhp and around 650Nm. It will get an eight-speed automatic and – for the first time in the M3 and M4 – an xDrive four-wheel-drive system. This is the same system which does duty in the M5.

BMW M4 Right Side View

Built on the stiffer chassis of the G20 3 Series, the new M3 and M4 have undergone significant changes under the skin. Developed ground-up, the pair is better in every possible manner compared to the outgoing model, claims the carmaker. The new chassis gets independent and wider axles. There are stiffer struts and wider tyres to make the sports car more stable – be it in a straight line or pacing through a corner. It’s definitely faster and claims to be more refined than the older model. But whether or not it will drift remains to be seen.

BMW M4 Right Front Three Quarter

Lastly, the previous prototype gave us a hope that the new M3 won’t get the monstrous grille like the one seen on the new 4 Series Coupe. But that idea now seems to be floating away as the highly concealed prototypes seen here are trying to hide nose considerably. Which could mean that the new M3 and M4 might actually get the large, snorting kidney grille after all. How well BMW manages to integrate that grille in the performance models? We’ll have to wait and watch!

BMW M4 Right Rear Three Quarter

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BMW 4 Series Coupe breaks cover

June 03, 2020, 04:12 AM IST5,695 Views

BMW 4 Series Coupe breaks cover

–         Gets 48V mild hybrid system

–         New BMW kidney grille is hard to miss

For the uninitiated, BMW sold the 3 Series in sedan, coupe and cabriolet body styles for the first six-generations. Then with the previous-gen F80 model, the coupe and cabriolet were separated under the 4 Series nameplate. Now, after almost two years since the G20 3 Series came into existence, BMW has taken the wraps off the new-gen 4 Series Coupe. But unlike the outgoing model, the new 4 Coupe is not just 3 Series fewer doors anymore.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

Firstly, we have to admit the new kidney grille design on the 4 might not be to everyone’s liking. But give it some time, and it does grow on you. Meanwhile, the headlamps aren’t borrowed from the standard 3 Series. They look much like the ones seen on the 8 Series. There are large vents on either side of the protruding grille and sharp creases on the bonnet add the necessary drama.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

In profile, the sloping roofline has a lot of character while the iconic ‘Hofmeister Kink’ is also present. The rear might be the best angle to look at the 4 Series Coupe, with its sleeker tail lamps and the right amount of masculine creases as well. The coupe sits on 19-inch M-sport alloy wheels.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

The cabin, in typical BMW fashion, is familiar as it is shared with the standard 3 Series. You do get all the standard features with few additions in the two-door model like the seatbelt extension arm. Although there is a full-size second row in the 4 Series, they don’t appear to be very comfortable for two full-size adults. But these seats can be folded down to extend the boot capacity.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

Powertrain choices include three petrol and four diesel options. The 420i gets a 184bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol while the 430i puts out 258bhp/400Nm from the same capacity motor. The range-topping petrol is the M440i xDrive making 374bhp and 500Nm from its 3.0-litre straight-six. It gets a 48V mild-hybrid as standard along with AWD layout. Its 0-100kmph time is an impressive 4.5 seconds. The diesel line-up includes a 420d, 420d xDrive making 190bhp/400Nm from its 2.0-litre four-pot diesel. The 430d has a straight-six making 286bhp/650Nm. And the diesel range-topper is the M440d xDrive producing 340bhp/700Nm. All diesel options get a 48V system as standard while the eight-speed automatic is standard across the range.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

Sales for the new BMW 4 Series are slated to commence in October. It will soon be joined by a Convertible and a four-door Gran Coupe body styles. Meanwhile, the fully-blown M4 line-up is another year away.

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BMW 4 Series Coupe to break cover on 2 June

May 28, 2020, 07:45 PM IST4,431 Views

BMW 4 Series Coupe to break cover on 2 June

– Will debut the new iteration of BMW’s kidney grille

– Would come to India in the M4 guise

BMW is on a roll. In the past week, the Bavarian carmaker revealed the 5 Series and 6 Series facelift along with a plug-in hybrid for the X2, and also updated the entire line-up for MY2020. And to top it off, on 2 June, BMW will take the wraps off the much-talked-about 4 Series Coupe with its controversial massive grille.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

First previewed as the Concept i4, the new 4 Series Coupe won’t be just a 3 Series with two fewer doors. Instead, BMW has revamped the new 4 Coupe to be sportier and more driver-focused as well. It will wear an 8 Series-like sleeker pair of headlamp and taillamps emphasising its two-door nature. In profile, we could see that the sloping roofline is more profound than in the sedan. On the inside, however, things will be familiar in a typical BMW fashion.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

Compared to the sedan, the 4 Coupe sits 57mm lower to the ground and has a claimed drag coefficient to just 0.015. Power will come from the same set of engine option you find in the 3 Series. The M440i is also reportedly getting a mild-hybrid system. Otherwise, the four-cylinder and the bigger straight-six engines will be on offer as usual until the fully-blown M4 arrives. The M4 is expected to breach the 500bhp mark and might adopt an all-wheel-drive layout for the first time.

BMW 3 Series Exterior

Apart from the 4 Series Coupe, BMW may or may not reveal the 4 Series Convertible. Or it will be revealed separately at a later date along with the 4 Series Gran Coupe. And for the first time joining the 4 Series family will be an all-electric i4, but it could arrive in 2022. Indian debut of the 4 Series Coupe might happen only in the M4 guise, but we could hope the standard model to be offered as well.

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