The revolutionary BMW E30 M3 was a first of its kind, claiming numerous championship victories in touring car racing and redefining the compact coupe segment to become one of the most revered and iconic vehicles in the BMW M family. And from this legendary family tree came the BMW M4. In 2013, the fifth-generation M3 brought divisive change after BMW coined the M4 badge to denote the M3 coupe variants, the M3 badge, for leaving the sedans.
Although critics initially felt that BMW aped Audi’s A4 and A5 nomenclature in splitting the segment, the high-performance M4 sport coupe has evolved from the iconic M3 lineup to becoming the epicenter of the BMW M brand. Currently, in its second generation, the BMW M4 has grown into one of the fastest and most powerful cars in the BMW lineup. Let’s dissect this further and cover the ten things gearheads should know about the 2022 BMW M4.
10 The M4 Is Available In Three Trims
For 2022, BMW offers the M4 in three variants: Coupe, Competition Coupe, and Competition xDrive Coupe. Stepping up from the $72,000 Coupe to the $74,900 Competition Coupe nets you extra power, larger wheels, gloss black exterior trim, additional safety aids, a Professional driving assistance package, and unique seat belts.
The top-ranking $79,000 Competition xDrive Coupe adds AWD, three driving modes, new steering tuning, redesigned front suspension, and upgraded oil cooling. Since 2022 marks 50 years since the partnership agreement for BMW Motorsport GmbH, the Bavarian automaker commemorated the anniversary with two special editions — the unreleased M4 CSL limited to 1,000 examples, and the M4 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M limited to 700 units for Europe and other selected regions.
9 The Convertible Is Available In One Trim
Unfortunately, BMW only offers the topless model in the current M4 lineup in one trim, the top-ranking Competition xDrive. As expected, the Competition xDrive Convertible is the priciest model in the lineup, demanding a significantly higher $86,500 starting price. The convertible iteration features all equipment from the Competition xDrive Coupe, plus a tailored fabric top and wind deflector.
The new fabric top offers all the advantages of the previous model’s four-season retractable hard top, only it weighs less and is more aesthetically pleasing. Like the M4 and M3 coupe, the Competition xDrive Convertible benefits from massive upgrades, including a strengthened subframe, interlinked strut towers, a unique front axle, and upgraded steering and braking systems.
8 BMW Engineered The M4 For Exceptional Performance
The M4 shines through power and grip, and BMW engineered everything about the 2022 model to achieve exceptional performance. The optimized aerodynamics play a crucial role, from the air breathers behind the front fenders to the M mirrors, integrated M side gills, and air curtains in the front apron. Handling is enhanced through M-developed electric power steering and M Drive and M Driving dynamics control.
On the other hand, the aluminum front subframe, aluminum suspension arms, aluminum wheel carriers, adaptive M suspension with electronically-controlled dampers, twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers, double-joint spring strut front axle, and five-link rear axle Ensure a superior ride quality. Braking duties are assigned to M Compound four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Dynamic Brake Control system (DBC), and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
7 The M4 Boasts Several Luxury Features
Since BMW based the M4 on the current 4-Series, it’s unsurprising that they have on-par interior comfort, luxury, and daily practicality. The most notable feature is the plethora of physical buttons and knobs that might seem overly busy, but that’s a welcome approach compared to stuffing all functions into the touchscreen infotainment system.
The standard M Sport seats with illuminated M badges offer optimal lateral support for spirited driving, four-way power lumbar support, and cozy comfort for long drives. Other convenience and comfort features include an engine start/stop button, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, multi-zone climate control, tire pressure monitor, rear window defroster, front-seat center armrest, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual front sun visors, a universal garage-door opener, and adjustable multi-color ambient lighting.
6 BMW Equipped The M4 With Intuitive Technology
The BMW M4’s Live Cockpit Professional features intuitive technology such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a modern design and a head-up display that projects vital info within the driver’s line of vision. The standard 10.25-inch central infotainment display comes with the multi-input Drive 7.0 system operated by the Drive controller or Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control.
The system boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, SiriusXM, Bluetooth wireless technology, audio streaming, freely programmable bookmarks, and multiple OTA updates. BMW TeleServices is also available, a connected package professional with on-street parking info, real-time traffic info, hazard preview, and remote services such as remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery. Entertainment includes a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with 16 speakers and a 464-watt amplifier.
5 Each M4 Comes With A Brilliant Inline-Six
BMW equipped the M4 with a 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine with varying potencies depending on the trim. The engine combines two mono-scroll turbochargers with high-precision direct injection and double-VANOS and Valvetronic variable valve controls.
The M4 Coupe’s engine variant bangs out 473hp at 6250 rpm and 406lb-ft of torque from 2650 to 6130 rpm. The M4 Competition Coupe, Competition xDrive Coupe, and Competition xDrive Convertible have the same output; 503hp at 6250 rpm and 479lb-ft of torque between 2750 and 5500 rpm.
4 Manual Or Automatic Transmission
With the increasing rarity of modern three-pedal performance vehicles, driving purists will be pleased to know the M4 Coupe comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The impressive gear ratios allow the M4 Coupe to achieve a 155mph top speed or an electronically-limited 180mph, with 0-60mph arriving in 4.1 seconds.
On the other hand, the M4 Competition Coupe, Competition xDrive Coupe, and Competition xDrive Convertible come standard with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. Although they share the same 155mph top speed as the M4 Coupe, the Competition, Competition xDrive, and Competition xDrive Convertible variants take 3.8 seconds, 3.4 seconds, and 3.6 seconds, respectively, to clear 0-60mph.
3 The M xDrive All-Wheel-Drive System
For the first time BMW fitted the M4 with standard all-wheel drive, available in combination with the Competition xDrive Coupe. Admittedly, the combination of the controversial styling, driven front axle, and an AWD instead of the signature RWD configuration initially seemed like a sign that BMW was losing touch.
On the contrary, the M4 Competition xDrive Coupe’s ability to seamlessly combine the M xDrive system with the standard M differential and adaptive M suspension makes it one of the most well-rounded cars in the performance coupe segment. Drivers can adjust the M xDrive AWD system through three modes for automatic torque distribution; 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD.
2 Fuel Economy Is Among The Poorest In Class
According to EPA estimates, the M4 Coupe and the Competition Coupe receive a 16/23/19 MPG city/highway/combined rating. Unsurprisingly, the Competition xDrive Coupe and Convertible offer a disappointing fuel economy, with a 16/22/18 MPG city/highway/combined rating.
The BMW M4 has the poorest fuel economy compared to direct segment rivals like the Audi RS 5 and the Mercedes-AMG C63. The Audi RS 5 has an EPA-estimated rating of 18/25/21 MPG city/highway/combined, while the Mercedes-AMG C63 boasts an EPA-estimated 17/26/20 MPG city/highway/combined.
1 The Limited-Edition M4 CSL Is A Champion
With the much-anticipated M4 CSL release date just a few weeks away, 1,000 lucky owners will feel the intense combination of raw muscle, agility, and the M4 road-gripping precision. The exceptional Bavarian engineering, increased power, lowered suspension, and advanced lightweight construction make the M4 CSL a street and track champion.
In addition to the innovative air-slicing exterior, the new M4 CSL is thoroughly track-focused with M carbon-ceramic brakes, matte-black forged alloy wheels, and the available ultra-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Equipped with a 543hp 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline-six, the M4 CSL achieved the fastest Nürburgring lap time of any production BMW, clocking in at an impressive 7:15.667.