► New 2021 BMW M4 scooped
► Huge grille, 500bhp punch
► It’s the sleeker, two-door M3
The BMW 4-series has just been revealed, and that means the sportier M4 is imminent. Of course, the main talking point of the 4-series is the grille, and a new picture confirms it's headed to the M4, too.
Spy photos – as well as our artist's impression – all pointed at what we knew would happen, but a new leak posted on Reddit has removed all hopeful doubt. An undisguised picture of the new M4 shows the new grille totally intact, but this time finished with a different mesh to the 4-series, and in gloss black. There's no numberplate either, so the grille looks larger, more imposing – and dare we say, good?
The new 4-series: everything you need to know
The M-treatment continues to the new, lower air intakes and there are also two vents on the bonnet.
It's a bold new look for the 4-series, as Munich attempts to put more clear water between the classical 3-series saloon and Touring estate models and the sleeker, sportier two-door Fours.
We're slowly getting used to the 4-series' new face now. Are you?
New BMW M4: what we know
Munich is preparing its next M3 and M4, with the twins expected to make their official debuts late 2020. The M3 will be saloon only (no Touring, sorry), while the M4 will come as a two-door coupe and convertible as normal, and five-door coupe/hatchback for the first time.
Our newshounds have busy unearthing the news, specs and details of the G80-era new BMW M4 coupe and convertible siblings. Here's everything you need to know about the new M4, in one place.
As shown in ur spy photos in the gallery prove, the grille of the new M4 looks as though its nose has been pulled vertically. A bit like Voldemort in car form. Will we learn to love it in the years to come? History has been kinder to the cars Noughties design chief Chris Bangle spannered now that enough water has passed under the bridge; the jury will surely be out on the new super-nosed 4-series look for a while longer yet.
So 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.
New BMW M4: powered by a twin-turbo straight six
Although the numbers and wardrobe are now diverging more than ever, the M4 is basically just a two-door version of the upcoming M3, which we've already extensively scooped here.
Both will be powered by 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
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.’
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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