Come 2014, South Africans will be treated to a spectacle like no other. In the second half of 2014, German car-maker, BMW, will reveal the latest versions of the “M4” badge. The reveal will make a first for BMW; the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe will, for the first time, be released at the same time and vehicle enthusiasts will witness a new interpretation of this German car-maker’s popular sports car.
Combining high-performance sports car, everyday usability and aesthetic appeal has been the tradition when it comes to the BMW M3 Sedan. The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe take this tradition and run with it, while staying true to the commitment of super-performance cars. The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe come fitted with a new turbo-charged six-cylinder unit, a unit that effortlessly combines the qualities of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the power of turbocharger technology. BMW still considers the engine as the heart of the M models.
The advancement of car technology, and BMW’s commitment to weight-saving, sees the new M3 Sedan coming in at 80kgs lighter than its predecessor. The M4 Coupe weights 1497kg and both models feature the carbon-fibre roof, aiding in the light weight. Getting a vehicle with sports car capabilities ready, and suitable, for the road has seen meticulous development work form the basis for the creation of both the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe setting new standards in concept, accuracy and agility. From zero to 100km/h in under 5secs (six-speed manual); a fuel economy rate pegged at 8.8 litres per 100km and low carbon emissions, both the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe are in a league of their own. You can get both models in the seven-speed M double clutch transmission that sees the sprint from zero decreased to just over 4secs.
The new BMW models are available in SA in the second half of 2014, with pricing released closer to the time.