The original M car was the 1986 BMW M3, a two-door, four-seat coupe that would spawn generations of quick BMWs. The modern-day descendant of that car is the 2020 BMW M4. Now much faster, the M4 remains a place for BMW to showcase its talent for making sedans that can awe and inspire.
What's New for 2020
For 2020, the M4 sees only minimal aesthetic changes. The taillights are darker, and a few new colors and trims join the palette.
Choosing Your BMW M4
All M4’s come with two doors and four seats, but buyers can choose whether they want a roof. Opting for the convertible adds a premium of $8,500.
No matter which M4 you choose, it will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The base form produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough, the track-ready CS trim ups the ante to 453 hp and 442 lb-ft. A six-speed manual is standard with the base engine, but a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic is an option. The automatic comes standard with the CS.
Neither form is particularly efficient. The manual-equipped base coupe is the thriftiest at an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 combined. Opting for the convertible, the automatic, or the CS drops those numbers a notch or two.
Few buyers are choosing the M4 based on its cargo capacity, but it’s passable for a sedan with 11 cubic feet behind the seats. The convertible loses some ground thanks to its roof, knocking trunk space to just 7.8 cubic feet.
The M4 is about performance more than luxury, but it’s not without creature comforts. Dual-zone climate control is standard, along with keyless entry, power-folding heated side mirrors, an 8.8-inch touchscreen running BMW’s iDrive system, and 14-way power-adjustable seats with memory settings. These seats are part cloth, though, and BMW will charge you for Apple CarPlay compatibility after a one-year trial.
The M4 comes in two trims:
Any 2020 BMW M4 will have more speed than its drivers have bravery, but the sweet spot is the Competition Package. The upgrades are good value for the money, and they turn the M4 into a focused machine indeed.