Including variations on the same thing, you’ll now find 10 BMW M models. Two of these are the BMW M4, offered in coupe and convertible body styles. Both offer the style, performance, and attitude befitting the laudable M name. If two doors aren’t enough, the similar BMW M3 should be considered.

Pricing and Equipment


All models are powered by a 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. This direct-injection engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. This model delivers an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when equipped with the manual transmission.

Standard equipment includes adaptive xenon headlights with automatic leveling, cornering lights, an aluminum hood, 18-inch light alloy wheels set within performance tires, and M embellishments. including a rear spoiler. Interior highlights include 10-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support, full power accessories, climate control, and heated front seats. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and dynamic cruise control are also included.

Pricing for the M4’s trim is as follows:

The 2017 BMW M4 Coupe starts at $66,200. The convertible comes in at $74,700. Both models offer numerous individual and package upgrades.

Choose an Alpine White model and you’ll get the single standard color that won’t cost you extra. Beyond that, expect to pay $700 extra for any one of seven metallic colors, including Austin Yellow Metallic, Sakhir Orange II Metallic, and Silverstone Metallic. You’ll incur a $1,950 charge to acquire one of four premium colors colors such as Azure Black Metallic.

Package upgrades include a $4,750 Competition package. This package brings in 19 additional horsepower, a higher top speed, and specific exterior and interior trim.

You can also upgrade from cloth and leather seats to full Merino leather ($3,600). An Executive package ($3,900) adds a wireless charging pad, a WiFi hotspot, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, and a head-up display. Driver Assistance ($1,700) and Lighting packages ($1,900) are also available.

Performance Pros

  • All models are fast, but if you want to get to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, only the coupe with the DCT will do. The convertible is slightly slower due to its extra weight.
  • Although nearly identical to the M3 in performance, we just love the looks of the M4. Shift this coupe into Sport+ mode and wall-to-wall grins will cover the face of everyone inside.

Performance Cons

  • Our reviewers praised nearly everything about the BMW M4. One fault noted was steering communication through tighter curves, as this comes in below expectations.

Interior Pros

  • Audiophiles won’t have to dig deep to get a top-notch audio system. The standard 600-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system includes 16 carefully placed speakers, offering sound quality second to none.
  • The standard front heated seats are welcome on frigid mornings, delivering three levels of warmth.
  • Do you need a 12-volt outlet? The BMW M4 offers four, including one in the trunk.
  • Choose the convertible and you can opt for front neck warmers, which allow you to enjoy top-down motoring for more of the year.

Interior Cons

  • If you want a rearview camera, it isn’t standard equipment. Further, to obtain said camera, you’ll have to opt for a pricey package upgrade. BMW should offer this separately.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Although the BMW M4 is forgiving to the novice, more experienced drivers will find that perfection is generously rewarded. The M4 seems to encourage you to push the envelope, to discover the secret rewards inside.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Choose the convertible and BMW immediately tacks $8,500 onto the base price. That’s a hefty spread between the coupe and convertible body styles, far higher than what other manufacturers typically charge.

The Bottom Line

Don’t be surprised if your final price tops $90,000, at least for the convertible. The price premium for the convertible, plus an assortment of much-desired packages and options, can push your final price ever higher.

If backseat room is a concern for you, then take a look at the M3 Sedan. Here, you’ll have space for four when you need it.