THE new BMW M3 saloon and the M4 coupé are the fifth-generation high-performance sports cars from BMW’s M series.
Both models are equipped with the latest M design, dynamic driving technologies, new powertrains and a wide range of standard equipment and connectivity as well as 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engines with M TwinPower Turbo technology, used on the second and third generations of these sports cars, producing an output of 317kW and a 40 percent torque increase from the predecessor, to 550Nm. From 0 -100km it takes both cars 4.3 seconds with manual transmission or 4.1 seconds with the optional M double-clutch transmission, reaching a top speed of 249km/h and low carbon emissions of 194g/km. Also, the standard six-speed manual gearbox with a double-plate clutch is 12kgs lighter than its predecessor. Manual mode allows automatic, an ultra fast gear-change with no interruption to the flow of power and it has an additional seventh gear.
The exterior features 19-inch M light alloy wheels for both models with front and rear PDC, twin headlights and double-slat kidney grilles with M design. Other classic M design characteristics are the long bonnets and long wheelbases.
New to M design is the M side grille, with integrated air breathers which team up with Aero Curtains in the front apron to help optimise the airflow around the wheel arches, thus improving dynamics, as well as, adaptive, full LED headlights with intelligent anti-dazzle high beam assist and at the rear, the M3 is fitted with a lip spoiler while the tailgate of the M4 features an integrated rear spoiler made from a carbon-fibre compound.
The M design package includes the M door sill finishes, M gearshift lever, M design circular instruments with white graphics, M leather steering wheel with M logo, chrome trim and iconic triple-colour contrast stitching and metallic shift paddles. Front bucket seats are electrically adjusted and heated as standard.
Both models are fitted with BMW’s Professional Media package with an upgraded Bluetooth system and USB. Also new is the electromechanical steering system which electronically adjusts the level of steering assistance according to the car’s speed, available on both models, and the system offers the driver three settings as standard: Comfort, Sport and Sport+.