2014 BMW M3, M4 to Provide 430-HP, Cut 200 Pounds
BMW is assuring its brand-new M3 sedan and M4 coupe will bring a fresh interpretation of the German company’s popular sports vehicle, while lifting the bar for performance again.
In construction of its next-gen sports vehicles, BMW has taken the brand-new M3 and M4 through strict testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in order to improve their performance. BMW has announced that the M3 and M4 will be enhanced by a high-revving, in-line 6-cylinder motor with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. Both cars will provide around 430 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, improving on the previous M3 by more than 30 %.
Additionally, both cars will weigh in at about 3,300 pounds (around 200 pounds less than the previous vehicle) while fuel economy has been enhanced by around 25 %. Remarkably, BMW announced that the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission will be optional, meaning that a 6-speed manual transmission will be standard. BMW fans don’t need to worry anymore that the manual transmission has been dumped.
Moreover, the BMW M3 sedan will receive a carbon fiber roof for the first time, which previously was only equipped on the coupe version.
“4 generations of the BMW M3 have blended engine sport genes and uncompromised everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept,” informed Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Head BMW M GmbH. “The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe shows an approaching commitment to this philosophy.”