BMW has launched a beefed up M4 Competition Coupé and Convertible alongside its new 4 Series range, with the performance offering sporting new lighting, better tech, 390kW of power, and the option of a 6-speed manual transmission.
Set to arrive down under in Q2, three variants will be offered, with each featuring new headlights and Laserlight tail lights as part of an exterior styling update, with new M forged light-alloy wheels also available.
A new steering wheel, BMW’s OS 8.5 operating system, and a curved digital display that incorporates both the instrument cluster and a new infotainment system all make their debut on the latest generation of the iconic two-door performance model.
Each is powered by the latest version of BMW’s potent M TwinPower Turbo straight six engine, with the rear-wheel drive manual M4 Coupé delivering 353kW and 650Nm. It’s priced from $168,700.
Standard equipment includes 19 or 20-inch M forged alloys, Merino leather upholstery, M carbon fibre trim, adaptive LED headlights, M Drive Professional, driving assistant, parking assistant plus, comfort access, an automatic tailgate, and wireless phone charging.
It also features a Harman Kardon surround sound system and a luxury instrument panel. But it’s the Competition siblings, both with M xDrive all-wheel drive, that take things to a whole new level – with that 390kW of power we mentioned above.
Paired with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, and Driving Assistant Professional, that boost in get up and go means a sprint time to 100km/h of just 3.5 seconds (or 3.7 seconds for the soft top).
You will need to part with a staggering $186,500 though (or $197,900 if you want the convertible). The latter adds a wind deflector and air collar. All variants also feature, among a bevy of tech, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A range of add-ons that include M Carbon bucket seats, can also be optioned in for each of the three new models. Parallel to the M4 launch, the new 4 Series will also make its local debut at the same time.
Both the BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible feature a host of enhancements for new model year, including revisions headlined by new exterior and interior design details, with new lighting, and the introduction of BMW’s curved display and OS 8.5.
The Coupé line-up includes 430i and M440i xDrive, while the Convertible range comprises 420i and M440i xDrive. Standard equipment levels have been increased significantly across both models.
Regardless of the variant, the line-up of powertrains for the new BMW 4 Series range features petrol engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, paired to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard.
Two four-cylinder engines develop 135kW and 190kW respectively for the 420i and 430i variants. The engine’s power is fed to the road via either classical rear-wheel drive or the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, depending on the model variant.
The M Performance models feature a 3.0-litre straight six, generating 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Adaptive M suspension with variable sport steering can be found on the standard equipment list for the range-topping models
That’s alongside an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential. The 430i Coupé opens the range at $109,700, and includes an M Sport package, 19-inch alloys, an automatic rear tailgate, and comfort access.
Power adjustable seating, a luxury instrument panel, Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant Plus, DAB+ digital radio, wireless phone charging, Live Cockpit Professional with a head-up display, and a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, all feature.
The M440i xDrive Coupé is priced at $134,400 and adds 19-inch light alloy wheels with sport tyres, adaptive LED headlights, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and CraftedClarity glass highlights.
The 420i Convertible starts from $106,500 and features similar specs to the 430i Coupé, adding a wind deflector and air collar. The $15,900 M440i xDrive Convertible is specced the same as its Coupé sibling, with the same additions as its Convertible sidekick.
All prices in this article are plus on-roads and you can find out more from your local BMW dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.