We drive the new BMW M4 Coupe at the Buddh International Circuit, Delhi.
What is it?
The renowned M3 badge may be alive and kicking to refer to the ‘M’ version of the latest generation of BMW’s 3-series sedan but for all intents and purposes, it is this car – the new M4 – which is the real successor to the legendary BMW M3 Coupé. As you’d imagine, it’s got a whole lot of expectations to live up to, especially in the performance and handling departments.
To take care of the performance bit, there is a new twin-turbo, 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine under the M4’s curvaceous bonnet. Meanwhile, a revised suspension, revamped electronics and weight savings all around are there to ensure the new M4 takes corners like it should.
All the new tech comes hidden under a body that is easily identifiable as one belonging to an M car. Massive intakes on the front bumper, the blacked-out wheels and the quad exhausts at the rear make the M4 look the business. Oh, there’s a carbon-fibre roof too – there to minimise weight and to help keep the centre of gravity low.
It’s very business-like in the cabin as well. The cockpit, an all-black affair, feels sporty and is very much in keeping with the car’s character. Things to like include the low height of the dash (great for visibility) and how effectively the iDrive system has freed up the centre console of buttons. Of the few buttons of interest are the ones for the steering, engine and suspension settings that are neatly stacked alongside the stubby gear lever. And full marks to BMW for retaining the old M3’s clear analogue dials that light up progressively as you rev harder.
As expected, front seat comfort is really good with great support from the deep dish seats. But, also as expected, access to the back seats through the doors isn’t convenient. Still, the rear seats offer adequate space and comfort for short journeys.