BMW M4 review

Category: Performance car

Section: Introduction

BMW M4 2021 front tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 front tracking
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  • BMW M4 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW M4 2021 seats view
  • BMW M4 2021 gear selector
  • BMW M4 2021 front cornering
  • BMW M4 2021 rear panning
  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 front seats
  • BMW M4 2021 front tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW M4 2021 seats view
  • BMW M4 2021 gear selector
  • BMW M4 2021 front cornering
  • BMW M4 2021 rear panning
  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 front seats
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Introduction

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.

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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
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £5,487 / £7,074
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £10,974 / £14,148
Available colours