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.
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 car, we can save you a good few quid on your next new car if you use our free What Car? New Car Buying service.
|RRP price range||£76,990 - £99,000|
|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)||£5,594 / £7,181|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£11,187 / £14,361|