BMW has announced the arrival of the new M3 saloon and M4 coupe models ahead of next month’s official unveiling at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The new models should satisfy M3 lovers across the globe as there’s more power than before and sharper looks than the current M3 model.
Traditionalists will be happy to read that both machines use the same 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine which replaces the 4.0 litre normally-aspirated V8. While the outgoing engine provided 414bhp and a 4.6 second time to 62mph, the new motor offers 425bhp and shaves off 0.5 seconds on the sprint to 62mph. A weight reduction of 80kg also helps the performance which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the Mercedes C63 AMG Edition 507.
The use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is used on the roofs of both models and in the strut brace under the bonnet, helps these cars shed some weight and manufacturing the prop shaft from the material not only saves weight but also provides a more responsive powertrain.
With production ready versions debuting next month you’ll be surprised to read that you’ll have to wait a further six months to get your hands on a BMW M4 and M3 as the first deliveries will be made in June. A convertible with a folding metal roof will be sold later in the year. As there are no plans for the GT or Touring 3-Series to be given the M-Sport treatment, this will be the last model available.
Prices are pretty similar for both the BMW M3 and M4 as the coupe comes in at £56,653 and the saloon is £56,175. The specs are similar and the look is similar too. We’re glad that the M4 is still recognisably a coupe version of the M3. BMW could so easily have taken another route with the M4 and made it as different from the M3 as the M6 is with the M5.