2021 BMW M4 First Look: Hello, M Drift Analyzer!

2021 BMW M4 First Look: Hello, M Drift Analyzer!

It’s heartwarming to know that even a global pandemic cannot stop the inexorable march of BMW’s pursuit of power, torque and driving pleasure. Proof of our point is today’s virtual rollout of the 2021 BMW M4, sporting the spectacular new S58 engine available in two tuning states and with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. There’s even a new suite of on-board M Drive Professional performance analyzers, including M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer, and soon it will even offer a powerful M xDrive all-wheel drive. Hey, driving your own car fast on a track is de facto social distancing, right?


How powerful is the new M4?

We first sampled the new and powerful S58 engine from the BMW X3 M and X4 M SUVs and competition models of each. Under the hoods of the 2021 BMW M3 and M4, it will produce the same power as in these SUVs – 473 horsepower and in the regular model, 503 in competition – but the torque is not equivalent. SUVs get 442 lb-ft across the board, while the base M4 gets 406 lb-ft and the Competition model does 479. For reference, the new base M4 beats its direct predecessor by 48 horsepower and the latest M4. Competition by 29 horses; the new M4 Competition even surpasses the mighty 10 horsepower M4 GTS. BMW claims a zero to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds for the base M4 and 3.8 for the competition.

To recap, the S58 3.0-liter S58 biturbo inline six-cylinder engine is based on BMW’s modular B58 engine, and like the S55 that powered the previous generation of M beasts, it features twin single-scroll, sprayed turbochargers. low wire arc-friction cylinder liners and a forged crankshaft. Perhaps the coolest new feature of the S58 is a lighter, cooling optimized cylinder head, featuring a 3D printed molded core that is much more accurate than a typical sand core and facilitates better cooling.

Yes, it has manual, automatic, RWD and AWD options

Go for the base M4 and you get a smooth, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter and a Gear Shift Assistant rev-matching feature designed to improve directional stability during aggressive driving by preventing accidental deceleration of the rear wheels (it can also be disabled). Opting for the Competition pack means you’re serious about speed and can’t waste time interrupting torque during gear changes, so you get an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission supplied by ZF. It weighs 50 pounds more than the manual and shifts a bit of weight forward, but paired with the more powerful S58 engine tuning, this is arguably the fastest and fastest setup. From summer 2021, competition models will be available with M xDrive as sampled for the first time on the BMW M5, which still tilts torque on the rear axle. A Sport mode sends even less torque forward, and a rear-wheel drive mode is included but requires stability control to be turned off.

Bam! Chassis and suspension upgrades galore

As before, the M3 / M4 benefit from extensive bracing to ensure good rigidity, connecting the shock towers to the firewall and the front of the vehicle, and vertically connecting the front suspension bracket to the engine compartment, with even more bracing under central and rear. of the car. New ball joint lower arms help widen the front track by 1.5 inches compared to the outgoing model for increased lateral traction and directional stability. New M Integrated brakes feature 15-inch discs up front and 14.6-inch rear rotors, accompanied by six-piston front and single-piston calipers at the rear with new compound brake pads. A carbon-ceramic brake system remains optional and is identifiable by gold calipers and larger 15.7-inch front discs (metallic blue calipers are standard, while red and black are options with the brakes. ordinary). There are also two levels of braking sensation that can be programmed. Speaking of settings, the new M Drive Professional package promises 10 (!) Different levels of wheel slip limitation. Yes, the new M4 offers even more tweaks than ever before, as if someone is begging it.

The new M Drive Professional and M Driver packages should not be confused. The M Drivers Pack increases the speed limiter from 155 to 180 mph and includes a voucher to attend a BMW driver training school. (On the 2020 model, this option costs $ 2,500.) M Drive Professional is a new set of features to help enthusiasts better take advantage of their M4’s full potential, including the aforementioned 10-mode M Traction Control. It also adds a Track mode to Standard Road and Sport M modes, accessed via a long press on the M button, which completely disables all comfort and safety functions and converts all displays to show only road-oriented information. track. An M drift analyzer records the time, distance traveled, line and angle of a drift with a value indicated on the monitor screen. The M Laptimer feature tracks key performance metrics from a track session, placing them in the instrument cluster and on the optional heads-up display. This allows pilots to see how much faster or slower they are going compared to their fastest lap in the current session. The program tracks the number of laps completed, the distance covered and the duration of the pilot’s stint.

Yes he has the huge strange kidney grids

BMW says the new M4 differentiates itself more than ever from its 4-Series siblings, with its fenders flared considerably to conceal the wider tires and track and connected by potentially glossy wide sill panels. The front end has been completely redesigned, and the black used for the grille inserts is a huge visual (and slimming) improvement, though not hard to achieve. (Smaller grilles, as seen in this illustration, would be much better.) Full LED headlights with fiber optic daytime running lights are standard, with adaptive Laserlight lamps available as an option. At the rear, you’ll find the typical diffuser, 4.0-inch tailpipes and a lip spoiler. A carbon fiber roof with longitudinal fins to manage airflow is standard, while an optional M Carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the front air intakes, rear diffuser, exterior mirror caps and rear spoiler.

In the cabin, the coolest new optional feature is the M carbon power bucket seats, which adjust lower than standard M sport seats and weigh 21 pounds less while offering cutouts for a multi-point harness. They are supposed to combine race-ready reinforcement with long-distance comfort and feature an illuminated model badge. Naturally, there are red accents and standard Tetragon aluminum trim, the latter of which can of course be replaced with carbon fiber. The reconfigurable 12.3-inch dashboard and center displays feature M-specific displays to show off all the cool of M Drive Professional.

So how much does the beastly BMW M4 2021 cost?

The base M4 coupe starts at $ 72,795 – $ 2,650 more than the 2020 model – while the Competition model starts at $ 75,795, just $ 900 more than in 2020. (That’s also 28,300 $ less than the CS). They will both go on sale in March 2021, with M xDrive becoming available on Competition models later this summer. A convertible is expected to join the lineup in the fall, as a 2022 model. An M4 Gran Coupé is probably not in the cards, which is unfortunate, but those who need more doors need only look to the all-new M3 sedan 2021.

Specs of the 2021 BMW M4
PRICE$ 72,795 – $ 75,695
DISPOSITIONFront engine, RWD / AWD, 4 passengers, 2-door coupe, convertible *
ENGINE3.0 L / 473 to 503 hp / 406 to 479 lb-ft, DOHC, 24-valve in-line twin turbo
TRANSMISSION6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
WEIGHT ON BOARD3,850 to 3,900 pounds (under construction)
L x W x H189.1 x 74.3 x 54.8 inches
0 to 60 mph3.8 to 4.1 s (mfr est)
EPA FUEL ECONNot yet rated
ON SALEMarch 2021
* M xDrive available on Summer 2021 Competition models; M4 convertible in fall 2021.

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