New BMW M3 and M4 details revealed

New BMW M3 and M4 details revealed

2014 looks set to be an exciting year for the motor world, particularly for BMW lovers everywhere; details of the new M3 and M4 models have finally been released, and it seems there’s been some exciting developments.

Powered by a new six-cylinder engine, the new M3 and M4 have been fitted with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre direct-injection petrol unit, which has increased torque by a whopping 30 per cent – which according to an official BMW spokesman, adds up to considerably more than 369lb ft. The new engine – which was built under the codename S55 B30 – is actually the smallest capacity engine to be produced since the first-generation model in 1991, yet still manages to produce 10bhp more than previous models.

Deemed by some as an update on a classic, the M3 and M4 feature the same reliability and style that BMW models are known for, but with a host of added extras. The doors and rear fenders are made of steel, while carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been used on numerous areas of the car, including the roof and rear diffuser, which helps to reduce the overall weight; spokespeople have been reported as saying the kerb weight of the M4 is actually less than 1,500kg. While the previous BMW M3 held a hydraulic steering system, things have changed drastically for the new M3 and M4; an electro-mechanical system has replaced the old hydraulics, hinting at lower fuel consumption and a safer driving experience.

Under the bonnet, motor enthusiasts will find a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed twin clutch transmission, while drivers will be able to choose between three different driving modes; Efficiency, Sport and Sport Plus.