BMW launched the 2014 M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and as expected it made quite a buzz. For those who still don’t know, both vehicle are powered by a high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that generates a maximum output of 431 hp and peak torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft).
With the new engine, the 2014 BMW M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission. According to BMW, one of the primary objectives in the development of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe was to ensure that the new sports cars will offer impressive race track capability.
As a result, the M3 and M4 are offered with a track-specification cooling system, which keeps the optimum temperature balance for the engine, turbochargers and transmission. Moreover, BMW engineers were helped by BMW Motorsport’s professional racing drivers during the development phase, for fine-tuning of the cars.
New BMW M3 Sedan and the new BMW M4 Coupe feature a design that properly conveys their impressive handling and superb performance capabilities. Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles, remarked that even at first glance, it is easy to discern the superior performance of the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe. He noted that the exterior design of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 offers a visual impression that takes the BMW M design language to a new level of expression, as emphasized by its purposeful character, dynamic vigor and emotional appeal.
The expressive front ends of the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe are defined by their dynamic contours and their three-dimensional appearance. Of course, the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe are laden with distinctive design elements that effectively announce that these cars are creations of BMW M. These elements include modern reinterpretation of the twin headlight arrangement (with LED technology offered as option), the twin-bar kidney grille with black grille bars and the M logo, the dynamic front apron with its three large intakes provided needed cooling air to the powerful engine and brakes.
These M design elements also include the distinctive power dome on the bonnet, which provides additional room for the intercooler while indicating the true potential of the M TwinPower Turbo engine. The new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe are also provided with aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors with twin-stalk mounts.