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    2017 BMW M4 OVERVIEW

    Following the lead of other “M” models in the BMW lineup, M4 is the high-performance offshoot of the 4 Series coupe and convertible. Launched for 2015, with 425 horsepower on tap, the M4 is intended for drivers who seek maximum exhilaration from BMW's two-door compact platform. Weight-saving materials and the authoritative twin-turbo engine combine to gratify enthusiasts, while retaining the dignity and stature of BMW as a premium brand.

    What's New for 2017

    Little has changed for the 2017 model year. An adaptive M suspension is now standard, as is BMW’s iDrive 5.0 system. A standard suspension can be substituted for no extra charge. The Executive Package now includes wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot with enhanced USB and Bluetooth. Optional Extended Merino leather upholstery now includes a leather dashboard.

    Choosing Your BMW M4

    Available as either a coupe or a hardtop convertible, the rear-wheel drive M4 packs a twin-turbo 3-liter six-cylinder engine, generating a brawny 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. You have two transmission choices: a performance-spec six-speed manual or, for $2,900 extra, a seven-speed dual-clutch automated-manual unit.

    BMW’s M4 makes extensive use of aluminum components. The coupe’s roof panel and trunk lid are made of plastic, reinforced with carbon fiber. So is the driveshaft.

    Rolling on V-spoke 18-inch light alloy wheels with increased-width rear tires, the M4 gets an M-developed electric power steering system. Formerly optional but now standard, the five-mode Adaptive M suspension can accommodate every driving requirement, from leisurely highway cruising to sprinting around a race track. Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as a standalone option, at an eye-popping $8,150.

    Acceleration to 60 mph can be achieved in as little as 4.1 seconds (3.9 with the dual-clutch transmission). Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway with manual shift, or 17/24 mpg with the automated-manual transmission—the same figures applicable to BMW’s M3 sedan. Automatic stop/start operation is standard.

    Every M4 contains 10-way heated power seats in leather (blended with cloth in the coupe), along with driver’s memory, a 200GB hard drive-based navigation system, keyless entry, a power trunk lid, and a Harman Kardon 16-speaker 600-watt surround-sound stereo with satellite and HD radio. Also standard are adaptive xenon headlights, USB and Bluetooth, and an expanded instrument cluster. The interior can be trimmed in your choice of wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber. Full Merino leather can cost $3,500 extra in the coupe.

    Pricing starts at $67,195 (including destination charge). Because the M4 includes so much standard equipment, only three regular option packages are offered:

    • Driver Assistance Plus ($1,700) adds blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, front collision warning, city collision mitigation, side- and top-view camera systems, and speed-limit information.
    • Adaptive full LED headlights with automatic high beams make up the Lighting Package.
    • The $3,200 Executive Package comes with a rearview camera, head-up display, headlight washers, heated steering wheel, front/rear parking sensors, and wireless charging.

    Unless you’re planning to head immediately for a racetrack, you probably won’t pay $4,750 for the Competition Package. If you do, it comes with 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a 444-horsepower engine, and special competition components. The suspension, Dynamic Stability Control, and Active M differential get special settings.

    Only a handful of individual options are available, including a moonroof (no additional cost), Apple CarPlay compatibility, parking assistant, power rear sunshades, side- and top-view cameras, and 19-inch wheels.

    CarsDirect Tip

    You get a lot of standard equipment with an M4, but some options and packages are worth considering. For active-safety’s sake, we suggest starting with the Driver Assistance Plus group, which is well worth the $1,700 cost.

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