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.