What Car? says...
In the movies, sequels are rarely better than the original – but with the latest BMW M4, we’re hoping the opposite will turn out to be true.
The first-generation M4 didn’t feel particularly polished to begin with, and its spiky handling balance made it rather intimidating to drive near the limit. Indeed, it took a number of revisions, including the creation of a sharper Competition model and the limited-run, track-focused CS before it delivered the performance and handling it had originally promised.
That deep well of power is managed by a 10-stage traction control system. An adaptive four-wheel drive system – like the one you get on the BMW M5 super-saloon – is in the pipeline, promising extra traction for assured handling on wet and greasy roads. You also get adaptive suspension, M performance brakes (carbon ceramics brakes are an option) and an electronic limited-slip differential to make sure the M4 corners just as well as it goes.
It’s a tantalising spec list, for sure, but it needs to be if the M4 is to compete with what can justifiably be described as weapons-grade rivals, in the form of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, Audi RS5 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
Is it up to the challenge? Let’s find out. And don’t forget, even if you’re not in the market for a 180mph performance coupé, we can save you a good few quid on your next new car if you use our New Car Buying service.
|RRP price range||£75,550 - £97,560|
|Number of trims (see all)||2|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||28.2 - 28.8|
|Available doors options||2|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£5,487 / £7,074|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£10,974 / £14,148|