The BMW 4 Series compact lives in the middle of the brand's range of two-door models, between the subcompact 2 Series and larger 6 and 8 Series. If you're after big performance in a small coupe or convertible, the M4 is the car for you. It's the spiritual successor to the M3, which now exists only as a four-door.
Despite rumours the M4 would get a major update for 2020, this performance car returns largely unchanged. For now, it eschews the forthcoming M3's AWD system and the wild engine borrowed from the M versions of the X3 and X4 compact utilities.
Instead, the M4 carries forward with last year's 3.0L turbo inline six-cylinder engine, which makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque in standard form, or 453 hp and 443 lb-ft when the coupe is optioned with the Competition package. Both coupe and convertible versions are offered with six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Order a coupe with the Competition package and the dual-clutch gearbox comes standard.
With the M4, BMW competes with cars like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S coupe and Audi RS 5. The Benz has a power advantage with its 503 hp, though the sedan comes in a C 63 version with a 469-hp rating that is a closer match for the BMW. Most of the M4's other direct competitors are sedans.
The M4 comes with 19-inch wheels that option to 20-inchers for both coupe and convertible body styles.
Inside, the M4 comes standard with black cloth and leather upholstery and aluminum dashboard trim.
Other standard kit includes auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, adaptive LED headlights, sport seats with adjustable lumbar and side supports, power seat adjustments with driver memory, heated front seats and steering wheel, lane departure alert and rain-sensing wipers.
Along with its extra power, the Competition package also brings distinct exterior trim, M seat belts and an adaptive M suspension. A driver assistance pack adds automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring.
The Executive package bundles a full Merino leather interior with an electric rear sunshade, surround view camera, active headlights and a garage door opener. The Premium package brings front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display and satellite radio.
If you're feeling flush, the pricey Ultimate package puts all of those extras together.
As of this writing, BMW hadn't published fuel consumption estimates for the 2020 M4, but we expect those figures to be similar, if not identical, to those for last year's car. An M4 coupe with the six-speed stick is rated 13.4/9.6 L/100 km (city/highway), and the convertible's consumption is nominally higher. Coupes with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox get ratings of 14.3/10.4, and, again, convertible models are a bit thirstier.
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