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Performance, precision and agility

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The launch of the new BMW M3 Saloon and new BMW M4 Coupé heralds the arrival of the fifth-generation of the iconic high-performance sports car from BMW M.

M POWER: For the first time the Coupé and Saloon models receive individual model names

M POWER: For the first time the Coupé and Saloon models receive individual model names

Both dripping with tech, for the first time the Coupé and Saloon models receive individual model names.

Another first is the adoption of a turbocharged engine for this BMW M model: the high-revving, 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology has been specifically developed for this purpose, and produces a maximum output of 431hp.

Its peak torque of 550Nm is available across a very wide rev range starting at just 1,850rpm, and exceeds the figure recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by roughly 40 per cent. In spite of this, the new engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent.

With new engine seeing a slight power upgrade over the previous V8, the standard sprint from 0-62mph takes both cars just 4.3 seconds with manual transmission, or just 4.1 seconds with the optional M DCT, while the top speed is 155mph (electronically limited).

M POWER: For the first time the Coupé and Saloon models receive individual model names

M POWER: For the first time the Coupé and Saloon models receive individual model names

The new powerplant also boasts excellent fuel economy: the combined consumption in the EU cycle is as high as 34mpg and CO2 emissions are as low as 194g/km, an improvement of more than 25 per cent over the previous model’s figures.

To maximise dynamic ability and ensure excellent efficiency, a weight loss of over 80kgs has been achieved - both models now feature a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof.

BMW M engineers have paid particular attention to the car’s aerodynamic performance, and incorporated the latest Active M Differential amongst numerous other technical highlights. During the development process the engineers worked closely with BMW Motorsport’s professional racing drivers, with extensive testing and set-up work carried out on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The new BMW M3 Saloon and new BMW M4 Coupé are formed from a host of finely blended elements, all working in perfect harmony to deliver outstanding performance, precision and agility on road and track.

bmw m3 and m4 2014 cabin
With the new BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé, the engineers sought to optimally channel the air around the car in the quest for ultimate performance, while also ensuring the engine, powertrain and brakes receive the requisite cooling. Even when operating under heavy loads on the racing circuit.

The aggressively styled front apron, smooth under-body and the clearly defined lip spoiler at the rear of the M3 Saloon (or integrated bootlid spoiler at the rear of the BMW M4 Coupé) reduce lift by an equal amount at the front and rear axle, to the benefit of handling.

The Aero Curtain and M side gills, the latter with integrated Air Breathers minimise turbulence in the front wheel arches. These elements, together with the aerodynamically optimised side mirrors in familiar M twin-stalk style, are not only distinctive design features, they also help to reduce drag.

BMW M3 and M4 stats

The cars launched on June 21st and are priced at £56,175 OTR for the M3 Saloon and £56,635 OTR for the M4 Coupé. BMW UK expects to sell 1,000 BMW M4 Coupés and 180 M3 Saloons in their first full year of sales.

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2014 BMW M4 and M3 pics leaked

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Pictures of the BMW M3 and M4 have leaked online prior to the cars' official unveiling. The images reveal the final production version of both models, which will make their world debuts at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

An official teaser video was released this week but revealed nothing more than the profile of both the M3 and M4 highlighted by neon lights, now we can see the models in final production trim.

BMW M3: The cars will be launched summer 2014

BMW M3: The cars will be launched summer 2014

We already know the M4 Coupe will replace the two-door version of the of M3, but both will be powered by the same 424bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine.

Coupled with the 80kg weight reduction, the M3 and M4 should hit 62mph in around 4.5 seconds - but no official performance figures have been released as yet.

BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient

BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient

The new M models will be launched in the summer and pricing is expected to be announced closer to that date. But you can expect to pay around £57,000 for the M4 and slightly less for the M3.

BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient

BMW M4: The new engine is smaller than the 4.0-litre V8 that powered the outgoing BMW M3, but the new twin-turbo motor is more powerful and fuel efficient

 

BMW M3: The cars will be launched summer 2014

BMW M3: The cars will be launched summer 2014

 

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