Let’s be honest, if you put together a list of cars you’d want in your dream garage a BMW M car would easily make the list. For me, my M car would either have to be iconic M1 or the new 2016 M4. Of everyone that was in the car, it could only be described with one word: “brutal.” It’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine gives off a ferocious sound that has power to match. While it may look like “just a BMW” to many unaware of the M4, there’s no denying its prowess when either nearby or in the car.
Every M car has a distinct look, and the M4 definitely has its own; muscular would be the word I’d used to describe the look of the M4. In the front, sides and rear, the aerodynamically-driven bodywork gives off an aggressive portrait. Adding a bit more muscle to the new 2016 M4 is a raised “bulge” on the hood that sits directly above the engine.
Inside the new BMW M4 is a cabin that you can tell was designed by BMW, blending sporty with luxury effortlessly. Carbon fiber and leather work together to provide a comfortable ride you’d expect from a BMW, but all in a sporty surrounding. The 10-way power front seats come with 4-way lumbar support and enough “hug” to keep you in place during sharp corners. While listening to the exhaust of the M4 is really all you’ll want to listen to while driving, BMW has also included a Harmon Kardon audio system. And, while the M4 isn’t the biggest of the M’s, it still has plenty of room in the rear for passengers. It also has 13 cu-ft of trunk space for groceries, golf bags or aftermarket parts for when you want to push your M4 even further.
Specs and Power
But, in all honestly, you won’t need to any extra power to have one of the most exciting drives BMW has to offer. Its twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine puts out a might 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. all of which is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds in the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (4.1 seconds in the six-speed manual). A lot of purists may not enjoy the idea of an automatic transmission in an M car, but this transmission didn’t lack in any way, giving me incredibly quick shift times and enough control that a manual-freak like me was content.
One of my favorite “features” of the M4 would have to be the copious amounts of carbon fiber BMW used in the 2016 model. From the inside to the engine bay and even the roof, carbon fiber drops the weight by 174 lbs when compared to its predecessor.
In all honesty, I don’t need to convince anyone to buy an M4, because if you’ve driven one, you’ve fallen in love with it. Being behind the wheel of the car I wanted to never leave and I’m still kicking myself for not taking it to a track for some track time because I can assure you it’d be a blast.