2014 BMW M Award: Marc Marquez receives his M4 Coupe in Frozen Red Metallic

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2014

The young rookie Marc Marquez proved unbeatable in the 2014 MotoGP season but he also won the race for the BMW M Award once again. According to the press release, the 21-year-old started from the front of the grid in 13 races this year and with 398 points, the Spaniard won the 2014 BMW M Award with a comfortable margin.

As a result, he received this year’s BMW M Award, a BMW M4 Coupe featuring an exclusive BMW individual special colour called Frozen Red Metallic. BMW says that this new BMW Individual special colour will be available on the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe from 2015. Inside, the M4 Coupe features BMW Individual fine-grain ‘Merino Opal White’ leather as well as fine-wood ‘Ash Grain White’ trim.

Moreover, the special vehicle comes equipped with the adaptive M running gear, the M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic and M carbon ceramic brakes. Under the hood, there is the standard 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that generates 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is able to push the M4 Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. With the optional M Driver’s Package, top speed is increased to 280 km/h or 174 mph.

New BMW M4 Coupe and the new M3 Sedan have the same vision of style, performance and handling. As the Head of BMW Design confirms, their outstanding performance makes them easier to spot. Karim Habib added that the M3 and M4’s exterior has the visual elements that would bring out BMW M’s highly emotional appeal, dynamic spirit and purposeful attitude.

The front end of the BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan has the distinctive shapes and three-dimensional styling often expressed in BMW’s M series. The two new models however are sporting the new twin headlights with optionally available LED. Also, the M4 and M3 have the new kidney grille with twin bars in black as well as BMW M’s double-spoke wheels.

Meanwhile, the front apron bears the 3 large air intakes for engine and brake cooling. Other distinctive features are the signature power domes and side mirrors with twin stalk mounts. Both M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan have the iconic M design elements such as the short overhang, set-back windows and windshields as well as the old familiar bonnet.

Habib commented on BMW’s dynamic potential and explained how these are clearly seen on the highly athletic wheel arches and stunning surfaces in any of the M3 and M4 models. Among the dynamic enhancing details are the new side gills, which provide style and function on both cars. The M’s aerodynamics has also improved with BMW’s new Air Breathers and Air Curtain technologies. Both perform similar function at the front apron to improve the airflow along the wheel arches.

The coupe and sedan’s low slung and compact impression is made possible by the highly contoured dark CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) roof. Since the roof pillars have the same paint as the body, it somehow creates an illusion of a lower roof up to the uppermost portion of the vehicle. Overall, these flowing rooflines give the BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan a more elegant and refined styling.

Press Release

BMW M Award 2014: Marc Marquez wins the exclusive BMW M4 Coupe

Valencia (ES), 8th November 2014. Marc Marquez was unbeatable again in the 2014 MotoGP season – and the young Spaniard also won the race for the coveted BMW M Award again. The 21-year-old was the best qualifier in the premier class of motorcycle racing for the second year in a row to earn his second BMW M Award. This award, in the form of an exclusive and individually customised BMW M car, has been presented by MotoGP partner BMW M GmbH since 2003. Marquez’s outstanding performances in qualifying throughout 2014 were rewarded with an exclusive special edition of the new BMW M4 Coupe.

Marquez, who last year became the first rookie to win the BMW M Award, dominated the 2014 season from the word go. The Spaniard was also in a class of his own in qualifying, as he rocketed to his second World Championship title in MotoGP. Marquez secured pole position for the first six races of the season, picking up maximum points towards the BMW M Award in the process. In total, Marquez started from the very front of the grid on 13 occasions this year. With 398 points, the Spaniard won the 2014 BMW M Award by a comfortable margin. The official presentation ceremony took place on Saturday at the final round of the MotoGP in Valencia, Spain. The prize was presented by Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, and Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH.

The special features of the BMW M4 Coupé for this year’s BMW M Award winner includes the exclusive BMW Individual special colour “Frozen Red Metallic” (*). The sporty and elegant look continues in the interior. The BMW Individual fine-grain “Merino Opal White” full leather and the BMW Individual fine-wood “Ash Grain White” trim add to the striking appearance. The M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, the M carbon ceramic brakes and the adaptive M running gear guarantee superior driving characteristics in any situation. The M Power under the bonnet is generated by a completely new, 431 bhp six-cylinder inline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-rev characteristics (combined fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 194 g/km). A maximum torque of 550 newton metres is available over a wide range of speeds.

“Knowing the prize is there at the end of the year gives you special motivation when going for pole on Saturday”, said Marquez. “This year even more so, because I really like this BMW M4 Coupé. I am happy to receive this car and, of course, I will enjoy it.”

“The presentation of the BMW M Award at the final race is always a highlight of the MotoGP season,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “BMW M is an important and reliable partner of MotoGP, and it is fantastic that the performances of the top qualifier have now been honoured with such an exclusive, high-performance sports car for the 12th time. In the BMW M4 Coupé, BMW M GmbH has once again provided a captivating car for the winner, which features the latest technology and perfectly combines the values shared by MotoGP and BMW M. Marc Marquez won the 2014 BMW M Award in an impressive manner. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on another outstanding season.”

“Congratulations to Marc Marquez on winning the BMW M Award again,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH. “Last year he came through as a rookie to defeat his more experienced opponents. In 2014 he raised the bar again with 13 pole positions. It was breath-taking to see how Marc went from one success to the next this year. As partner of MotoGP, we are delighted to once again recognise his achievements with the BMW M Award. Honouring the season’s top qualifier has become an important tradition for us, and we are proud that the BMW M Award is held in such high esteem by the MotoGP riders. They repeatedly confirm that our BMW M high-performance sports cars are much sought-after prizes – and we provided another highlight this year with the new BMW M4 Coupé.”

The BMW M Award for the best qualifier has been presented since 2003. Just like the points system for the races, riders at each Grand Prix weekend are awarded points relative to their positions in qualifying. Pole position is rewarded with 25 points, second place on the grid earns 20 points and third place scores 16 points – right down to one point for 15th. The rider with the most points at the end of the season wins the BMW M Award – in the form of an exclusive and individually customised BMW M car. Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner are the current record holders, each with three BMW M Awards to their name. In 2013, Marc Marquez was crowned the youngest ever winner of the BMW M Award, and the first rider to receive this award in his first season at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Marquez has now won the BMW M Award for the second time. His compatriot Jorge Lorenzo has also earned the coveted title of top qualifier twice so far. Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden have both won the BMW M Award once.

(*) BMW Individual special colour “Frozen Red Metallic” available for BMW M3 Limousine and BMW M4 Coupé from 2015.

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