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.