By Malusi Msomi
Revealed alongside the BMW M3 back in September 2020, the BMW faced mixed reactions (mostly negative) due to its rather larger grille. Fast forward to 2024, and BMW has upped the ante for its facelift G82/G83 BMW M4.
In terms of aesthetics, the M4 receives a modern touch with a new headlight LED design and updated laser-accented taillights from the BMW M4 CSL. For those seeking a bolder appearance, BMW introduces the M Design exterior graphic, featuring a chunky center stripe in black or red, complemented by an M logo on the hood and subtle accent lines throughout the body.
Inside, the M4 boasts a redesigned steering wheel with a flat-bottomed rim and modified spokes, now available in a special M Alcantara finish. The latest iDrive 8.5 infotainment system is presented on a 14.9-inch touchscreen, along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The M4 comes standard with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional system, offering navigation and an M-specific head-up display.
Under the hood, the updated M4 maintains the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The base model churns out 353 kW and 550 Nm, while the rear-wheel-drive Competition model boasts 375 kW and 650 Nm. Opting for the all-wheel-drive M4 Competition xDrive takes it a step further, delivering an additional 15 kW for a total of 390 kW, with torque remaining unchanged at 650 Nm.
The rear-drive BMW M4 Competition completes the 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds. Despite the extra power, the M4 xDrive maintains its 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 3.5 seconds in the coupe and 3.7 seconds in the convertible. All M4 versions are electronically limited to a top speed of 250 km/h, unless the optional M Driver’s package is selected, raising the limit to 280 km/h for the Convertible and 290 km/h for the Coupe.
BMW South Africa is yet to announce availability.
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