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).
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).
|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|
|Width (Including Mirrors):||2037mm||2014mm|
|(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:
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