Essen Motor Show Preview: BMW M4 Coupe gets new M Performance Parts

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 14, 2014

The BMW X4 was not the only vehicle to receive BMW M Performance Parts as the Bavarian carmaker also unveiled a customized M4 Coupe that will be seen at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. The new BMW M Performance Parts will be available for the M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe as well as the M4 Convertible and customers who want to customize their vehicles can get new side sections for the front bumper, a new front lip spoiler made from polyurethane (PUR), a carbon rear air diffuser as well as a new trunk lip spoiler.

Morever, there are new side skirts and a rear spoiler for the BMW M3 Sedan, as well as tri-colour side decals with “M Performance” lettering for the Sedan, Coupe and Convertible. For the interior, the manufacturer offers a BMW M Performance steering wheel wrapped in Alcatara, carbon trim and Race display.

Thanks to the M Performance silencer system, the sound of the engine is enhanced, while the new tailpipe embellishers in either titanium or carbon improve the looks.

There are no details regarding any engine improvements and this means we find the standard 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder in-line engine that generates 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine pushes the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. With the M Driver’s Package, top speed is increased to 280 km/h or 174 mph. The M4 Convertible accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.

The new pair of BMWs, the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, have been designed to strikingly express their superb performance and handling characteristics. As Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles, states, the outstanding capabilities of the two new models are meant to be evident from the outset, as they both have visually arresting exterior designs that take the BMW M aesthetic to a higher level of expression characterised by dynamic determination and emotional appeal.

Powerfully expressive BMW M face

When viewed from the front, the new M3 Sedan and new M4 Coupe are set apart primarily by their defined contours with an impression of assertive depth. A face of evocative expressivity is common to the two models. Signature design elements immediately identify both cars as being part of the BMW M stable.

These include the twin headlamps (available optionally in LED technology) with a modernised look, the twin-bar kidney grille with black painted grille bars (a design element congruent with the style of the exclusive BMW M double-spoke wheels with the M logo), and the sportive front apron featuring three large air intakes that facilitate air cooling for the high-performance engine and brakes.

Another BMW M exclusive design feature seen is the power dome on the hood, which provides space for the intercooler while suggesting the potency of the M TwinPower Turbo engine. Also, the eye-catching wing mirrors with suggested twin-stalk mounts are designed for aerodynamic efficiency.

The flanks: low-slung and dynamic profile

The side view of both the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe continue carrying the dynamic character evident from their front ends. The typical BMW silhouette defined by a long bonnet, long wheelbase, short front overhang and set-back cabin are accentuated by the trademark M design elements. As Habib mentions, the cars’ powerful wheel arches and striking planar facets highlight their sportive spirits.

Included among the new cars’ details that characterise dynamism are the renewed M gills, which not only contribute style but also functionally contribute to enhancing aerodynamics by optimising air flow around the wheel arches through their integrated Air Breathers. These assist the front apron Air Curtains in this regard.

The contoured CFRP roofline and its dark roof colour provides the new M3 Sedan and new M4 Coupe with a more compact and low-slung profile because the body-coloured roof pillars visually seem to be the cars’ highest point from the ground. The graceful roofline provides an even more luxurious appeal to complement the overall sportive aura. The line seems to accelerate along its smooth downward slope to the rear, resulting in greater downforce for improved streamlining while also making the rear end look more robust.

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