Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 BMW M4 OVERVIEW
The performance variant of the new 4 Series coupe, the M4 is designed for drivers seeking maximum thrills from BMW's latest compact platform. Endowed with a twin-turbo engine and weight-saving materials throughout, the M4 is fully prepared to delight enthusiasts while maintaining the dignity of the brand.
What's New for 2015
The M4 is a new addition to the BMW lineup.
Choosing Your BMW M4
Available as a coupe or hardtop convertible, the rear-drive M4 carries a twin-turbo 3-liter six-cylinder that produces a hefty 425 horsepower. You have a choice of a performance-spec six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The sport-tuned suspension makes extensive use of aluminum components, as does the body itself. The roof panel is made of plastic reinforced with carbon fiber.
The M4 is further outfitted with 19-inch wheels, increased-width rear tires, and an electric power steering system with three levels of assist. The optional Adaptive M suspension has five modes that accommodate everything from leisurely driving to sprinting around a track. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as standalone option.
Every M4 gets 10-way heated seats in leather (mixed with cloth in the coupe) with driver memory, a hard drive-based navigation system and HD radio. The interior can be trimmed in your choice of wood, aluminum or carbon fiber. Audiophiles can add a Harman Kardon surround-sound system for a very reasonable $875.
Since the M4 carries a high level of standard equipment, there are only three option packages:
When selecting options, we recommend starting with the Adaptive M suspension. It's a bargain at $1,000 and makes more sense in a car like the convenience-oriented upgrades.
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