New 2020 BMW M4: it's a junior M8!

Published: 26 September 2019

► New 2020 BMW M4 scooped
► Artist’s impression, details
► It’s the sleeker, two-door M3

As sure as night follows days, Munich is busily beavering away on a new M4 to follow the forthcoming 4-series. And our newshounds have busy unearthing the news, specs and details of the G80-era new BMW M4 coupe and convertible siblings.

Literally no one will be surprised that a svelte coupe and soft-top version of the M3 are coming. The new M4 will be the more dramatic-looking, less practical option, offered in coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe bodystyles to complement the 2020 M3’s saloon-only approach.

In many respects, this makes it a junior 8-series - stylistically and performance won’t be far off the halo car, either. Read on for our full scoop lowdown.

New 2020 BMW M4: powered by a twin-turbo straight six

The M4’s engine will be the 3.0-litre straight-six S58, a new performance derivative of the B58. It’s already made its debut in the new X3 and X4 M. A sign of the times that SUVs get the sweet engine before the coupe? Maybe, but it’s certainly a smart way to spread the costs. 

The M5’s selectable rear- or all-wheel-drive system will be included, for lairy slides or barnacle-like grip. 

Check out our scoop of the new G80 BMW M3 here

Manual gearbox confirmed as an option for the new 2020 BMW M4 coupe and M3 saloon

BMW has been promising that the M3/4 will go back to its roots with a manual gearbox and rear-wheel-drive-only option. Nicknamed ‘Pure’ (although that’s not confirmed as the final name), this back-to-basics model will have a bespoke front and rear apron and a touch less power, as BMW doesn’t have a manual ’box available to handle the M4’s full shove.

CS and more versions to come

BMW is continuing its trend for harder-core models joining the line-up in later years. An M4 Competition is expected in 2021, upping power and stripping back any unnecessary fluff.

Markus Flasch, the boss of M division, has already given us a few pointers on the new high-performance 3- and 4-series models. ‘The next BMW M3 will have the brand new S58 engine that we’re launching in the X3 M and X4 M,’ he confirmed to CAR in a recent interview. 

‘It will have 480 [metric] horsepower in the standard version and 510hp in the Competition version. Think about the M5’s all-wheel-drive system – we are able to put it in the M3 as well, it’ll be very similar. But we will also do rear-wheel-drive cars, purer ones too, and a manual stick shift.’

New BMW M4 CS and extra models in the pipeline

He admitted that there will be more special edition models above the regular M4. '‘We will do more,' he told CAR magazine. 'You saw the GTS version of the M4, the CS of the M3 and M4, this is what we call Zundermodelle. We will do more on this side. That means Special Edition. We will think about extending it just beyond coupes.'

Sounds like we could expect some soft-top M4 CS models too? Gets our seal of approval.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches