In a refreshing change for BMW's intricate configurator, the M4 comes in just two varieties: coupe and convertible. Both body styles come in a single trim with various available options and packages.
Underneath the hood of all M4 models is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. In most M4s, it produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, although the Competition Package boosts these numbers slightly. Power runs through either a six-speed manual (standard) or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission ($2,900). The EPA estimates fuel economy for the manual at 17 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 combined.
The coupe starts at $70,145 (all prices include the $995 destination charge) and is the lighter of the duo, with a carbon-fiber-reinforced roof. The convertible bumps the starting price up to $78,645 and features a nifty power-folding hardtop with an integrated window defroster. Packages and options are the same for both. Sadly, the only standard exterior color is white – even black costs an extra $550.
Performance features are predictably plentiful. A sport exhaust system routes through quad exhaust tips, while active differential and suspension systems help put the power down. Luxury isn't amiss either: standard features include power-folding heated side mirrors, keyless entry, heated and powered 10-way front seats, adaptive cruise control, navigation, and a Harman Kardon speaker system. The exterior stays flashy with 18-inch alloy rims, M-specific badging, and aerodynamic body accents.
Cloth and leather upholstery can be transformed entirely into leather for $950, and BMW extends the treatment to the dashboard for $3,500. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and anthracite are included as trim options, with wood as a $1,080 option. Nineteen-inch rims are available for $1,200.
The two package options add either more performance or more luxury. The former comes in the Competition Package, which boosts power to 444 hp and tweaks the steering and suspension settings for maximum control. The package also comes with 20-inch rims and glossy black exterior accents, all for $4,750. For maximum convenience, the Executive Package adds a head-up display, side- and top-view cameras, automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, and parking assist for $2,100.
The head-up display is also available as a stand-alone option for $1,100. Other notable options include a heated steering wheel ($190), WiFi and wireless charging ($500), carbon ceramic brakes ($8,150), and blind-spot monitoring ($500). A moonroof is a no-cost option.
The heart of the M4 will always be its performance, which is better suited to the lighter coupe body style. You can take the $8,500 you'll save and put it toward a track day to explore the considerable limits of the 2019 BMW M4.
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