The latest additions to the BMW M range bring one of the boldest changes in design language to the most iconic models in the range.
The BMW M3 is for many, one of the most iconic models in the range. Since the introduction of the original E30 generation the M3 has held an iconic status of car enthusiasts globally. For the previous generation of F80 models the M3 Coupé was given a new designation, M4. The M3 solely represented the saloon variant of this platform. Both of models continue to showcase the pinnacle of BMW performance technology with DNA derived straight from the racetrack however, the unveiling of this latest generation has marked one of the boldest evolutions in terms of design and technical ability.
One of the most noticeable design elements of both the M3 and M4 is the new ‘frameless’ kidney grilles. The new design follows a similar ethos to the recently launched 4 Series Coupé with a large twin piece construction that reflects past iconic models. Compared to the 4 Series the new kidney grills command a sharper silhouette that is reminiscent of the BMW Garmisch Concept created by Bertone in the 1970’s. It is not only design as the forefront of this new image, the larger kidney grilles offer much improved air flow and cooling efficiency over the outgoing models.
Despite the bold new front fascia of the M3 and M4 each models retains a host of design elements that you would expect from BMW M. The M4 retains strong Coupé lines with a low centre of gravity with muscular shoulders. The M3 carries over certain details from the 3 Series saloon that it shares DNA with but adds an extra flair with bold lines and large air intakes. Both models feature a carbon roof to save weight and help maintain a low centre of gravity out on the road. A number of lightweight wheel options remain available for both models with a variety of finishes to compliment your chosen paint finish.
The cabin of both models offer a plethora of lightweight carbon trim pieces. Two options of seat are also available with a lightweight carbon design offering a truly race inspired driving experience. The new M gear selector that was first seen in the M8 is crafted from a blend of fine leather and metal with an embossed M logo. Driver technology is familiar to other new BMW models and operates the latest iDrive 7.0 system. The digital cockpit offers a customisable M driver display that offers all the information you need and nothing more. The steering wheel features the now familiar M1 and M2 buttons to deliver a truly individual driving experience.
A six-cylinder in line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology power both models. The competition variant that will be the only available option in the UK delivers 510hp and a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. For those wanting to optimise their drive both models offer the perfect answer, M Drive Professional. This new system analyses driving on track to help find the perfect line or execute the perfect drift.
Alongside the wide variety of options available as standard you can add your own personal touch to your vehicle with the addition of M performance parts. The range offers a number of lightweight carbon components, new lightweight alloys and a striking new exhaust system.