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.
2017 BMW M4 Overview
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.
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.
2017 BMW M4 Review
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.
- 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.
- Our reviewers praised nearly everything about the BMW M4. One fault noted was steering communication through tighter curves, as this comes in below expectations.
- 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.
- 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.