BMW M3 and M4 released – Full Specification:

Today the BMW M3 and M4 have officially been revealed; creating hype for what could be two of the most important vehicles of 2014.  So here’s what you need to know:

CARBON FIBER CONSTRUCTION:

The new M3/4 utilises extensive Carbon Fibre in its construction, making use of a CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) drive shaft.  The use of carbon fibre results in an approximately 40% weight saving over previous M3.  Both the M3 and M4 will benefit from a CFRP roof, whilst the M4 will benefit from a CFRP boot lid.  A CFRP front strut brace is standard on both (weighs just 1.5 kg).

TRANSMISSION:

he M3/4 will be available with a standard 6 speed manual transmission and an optional 7 speed M DCT (double clutch transmission) with launch control.  Both models feature an active M Differential (with constantly variable locking a la M5/M6).

SUSPENSION / CHASSIS:

The M3/4 features a new aluminium suspension setup, with an optional Adaptive M suspension (with Comfort, Sport, Sport+ modes) available.

WHEELS / BRAKES:

Lightweight 18-inch alloys are standard on the M3/4, housing M compound brakes as standard (in blue).  M carbon ceramic brakes are optional (in gold).

Specifications:
  BMW M3 (F80) BMW M4 (F82)
Weight: 1520Kg (1560) 1497Kg (1537)
Weight Distribution (Front:Rear): 50:50 50:50
Configuration & No. of Cylinders: Inline 6 Inline 6
Aspiration: Twin mono-scroll turbochargers Twin mono-scroll turbochargers
Power: 317kW @ 5500-7300 RPM 317kW @ 5500-7300 RPM
Torque: 550Nm @ 1850-5500 RPM 550Nm @ 1850-5500 RPM
0-100km/h time: 4.3 seconds (4.1) 4.3 seconds (4.1)
Top Speed: 250km/h Limited (280 unlimited) 250km/h Limited (280 unlimited)
Combined Fuel Consumption: 8.8l/100km (8.3) 8.8l/100km (8.3)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres 60 Litres
Front tyre dimensions: 255/40 18 255/40 18
Rear tyre dimensions: 275/40 18 275/40 18
Length: 4671mm 4671mm
Wheelbase: 2812mm 2812mm
Width (Including Mirrors): 2037mm 2014mm
Height: 1430mm 1383mm
(Figures in brackets represent values with 7-speed M DCT transmission)

See the launch videos below from BMW to see the M3 and M4 in action, and then start begging Santa for a new M3 or M4 under the Christmas tree:

BMW M3:

BMW M4:

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