2021 BMW M4

MSRP $69,150 - $103,100

Ranked #7 in Midsize Coupe

7.9

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2021 BMW M4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The M series vehicles from the house of German automaker BMW have become an embodiment of pure performance. Among those, the M4 is the widely popular Sports Coupe for its joyful driving experience. For 2021, we have the highly anticipated BMW M4 with a complete design overhaul and a dedicated Competition model. 

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Pros

Extravagant Performance

Agile handling

More practical than before

Cheerful manual transmission

Impressive Inline-6

Cons

Controversial Design takes some time to get used to

Complex drive modes

Optional features are costly

What's New?

Second-generation debut for M4 Series

Complete design overhaul

Improved muscle


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69150

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

473 hp @ 6250 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft @ 2650 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15/14.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

54.4 in.

curb weight

3830 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

11 cu ft.

payload capacity

2140 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$103,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW M4 in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Black Sapphire Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.1

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.7

Exterior

9.1

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


With an MSRP of $71,800, the BMW M4 feels so much more nimble and lighter than most performance coupes out there. While the M4 Competition Coupe with a sticker price of $74,700 packs a whole lot of power to keep your adrenaline pumping. It competes against other sport Coupes like the Audi RS5, Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, and Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe front view
2021 BMW M4 Coupe rear view

9.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

9.1/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2021 BMW M4 Features

The 2021 BMW M4 is available in two body shapes, the Coupe and Convertible. Again, the Coupe version is offered in two well-appointed trim levels, the M4 Coupe with an MSRP of $71,800 and the M4 Competition Coupe with an MSRP of $74,700. Both the trims come equipped with a long list of standard features pertaining to safety and comfort like Keyless entry with push-button start, 3-zone automatic climate control, tire pressure monitoring system, and BMW TeleServices. 

Additionally, BMW is offering many optional packages like the Driving Assistance Professional Package for an extra $1,700 that adds Active cruise control, Active Lane-keeping Assist, Evasion Aid, and Front and rear cross-traffic alert. The Executive Package includes Adaptive full LED lights, a power trunk lid, a Head-up display, and a heated steering wheel for 3000 bucks more. A Parking Assistance Package is also available for $800 that includes a Drive Recorder and Parking Assistance Package Plus. 

Trims

M4 Coupe 

M4 Competition Coupe

MSRP

$71,800

$74,700

Key Features

Keyless entry with push-button start

Adds all the features of base M4 Coupe 

 

3-Zone Climate Control

19”/20” M Double-spoke bi-color wheels

 

Extended Merino Leather Upholstery seats

M Seat Belts

 

3-Stage heated front seats

Aerodynamically optimized double-arm side mirrors

 

Multi-color, adjustable ambient lighting

Shadowline exterior trim

 

16-Speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound System

 
 

Power-folding, heated side mirrors

 
 

18”/19” M Double-spoke orbit grey wheels with Performance Non-Run-Flat Tires

 
 

Navigation System

 
 

LED Headlights

 
 

M Sport rear differential

 
 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with wireless connectivity

 
 

Dynamic Cruise Control

 
 

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 
 

BMW TeleServices

 
 

Tire Pressure Monitor

 

Which Trim should you buy? 

At a price range of $71,800-$74,700, the BMW came up with a very comprehensible trim layout for its customers to choose from. For people looking for a subtle performance creature with the so-called M-level grunt, the M4 Coupe has enough of that at your disposal. Further, if you’re up for the ultimate M4 experience, treat yourself to the M4 Competition. 

2021 BMW M4 Engine and Performance

9.1/10

At the heart of the BMW M4 Coupe is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Inline-6 engine, tuned to bring out 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque for the base M4 Coupe, 503 horses, and 479 pounds of torque for the M4 Competition Coupe. There are two transmission systems on offer where the M4 gets hold of a six-speed manual transmission and its high-performance sibling grabs the 8-speed automatic transmission. Both the transmissions are smooth and well nurtured, however, the manual gearbox with M4 is more fun to drive along. 

2021 BMW M4 Coupe engine bay

Both the variants share the Rear-wheel drivetrain as standard, but the Competition Coupe can also be availed with the available all-wheel-drive platform. On the performance side, the BMW M4 can make a 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and quarter-mile run in 12 seconds while the Competition Coupe with the additional 48 horses under the hood can hit the 60 mph mark in under 3.8 seconds flat, attaining a top speed of 155 mph.

Models

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

MSRP

$71,800

$75,195

$74,950

$64,900

Engine

3.0-Liter Twin-Turbo Inline-6

2.9-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0-Liter Hybrid Inline-6

5.0-Liter Naturally Aspirated V8 

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed manual 

8-speed Automatic Tiptronic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

473 hp @6,250 rpm

444 hp @5,700 rpm

429 hp @6,100 rpm

472 hp @7,100 rpm

Torque 

406 lb-ft @2,650 rpm

443 lb-ft @1,900 rpm

384 lb-ft @1,800 rpm

395 lb-ft @4,800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

4.1 seconds

3.9 seconds

3.8 seconds

3.9 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

12 seconds

12 seconds

11.9 seconds

12.7 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

155 mph

155 mph

155 mph

168 mph

On paper, the BMW M4 turns out to be the most powerful Coupe with its massive power and torque figures. But on the performance front, all of its competitors are pretty similar in reaching the 0-60 and quarter-mile runs. Amongst the competition, the Mercedes-AMG E 53 is the quickest, followed by the M4 Competition. The Audi RS5 on the other hand poses a massive torque figure of 443 lb-ft even at low rpm.

How well does the 2021 BMW M4 handle?

With the potent engine on offer, the BMW M4 is always ready for all the track and street adventures with a gritty attitude. The adaptive suspension keeps the car grounded and breezes off any turmoil along the undulated roads. The M4 boasts an impressively lightweight that makes it agile with enhanced dynamics. Enjoy an exhilarating drive on winding roads with excellent ride quality and handling.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe brake rotor

Well, with its improved traction and stability control, the BMW M4 takes some time to get used to and once you get the hang of it, you will find it more approachable and predictable especially in the tight corners and changing directions. Very few cars can match the level of performance and refinement available in a new 2021 BMW M4. With a liquid-cooled twin-turbo Inline-6 engine, all-wheel drive, and the added option of an adjustable suspension system, you’ll be able to compete on any track or street wherever and whenever you want. This is your car.

2021 BMW M4 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Unlike its predecessor, the BMW M4 stands low on the efficiency quotient. As the official EPA ratings were out, the BMW M4 returns 16 mpg in the streets, 23 mpg on the highways, and 19 mpg on a combined use case. While its rivals drive more efficiently, the Mercedes-AMG E 53 leads the segment with commendable figures and we aren't surprised as its hybrid powertrain is responsible for the extra few miles on offer. 

Models

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

MPG (City)

16

18

21

16

MPG (Highway)

23

27

28

24

MPG (Combined)

19

21

23

19

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.6 gal.

15.3 gal.

17.4 gal.

17.4 gal.

Range (city/highway/combined)

249.6/358.8/296.4

275/413/325

365/484/400

278/418/330

Even with such low EPA figures, the BMW M4 still manages a driving range close to 300 miles on a full tank. In the end, the M4 is more of a performance focussed car rather than efficient. But its rivals like the Audi RS5 and Lexus RC F Coupe strike a balance between performance and fuel efficiency offering more mileage than the M4. 

2021 BMW M4 Interior

7.7/10

The new BMW M4’s cabin is well crafted and thoughtfully designed from a driver’s perspective. All the features are high-tech and driver-focused to handle all the tantrums and keep the focus on the road. The premium Merino Leather upholstery seats are standard with an option to upgrade to the carbon-fiber bucket seats. The carbon fiber accents with numerous M flourishes run all through the cabin with M style stitching and badging on the seatbelts and front dash. 

2021 BMW M4 Coupe front seats

On the convenience foreground, three-zone automatic climate control is standard with air filtration, a 12.3-inch driver information display with many drive modes and settings that are too complex at the first glance. It can accommodate 4 people with generous seating space all throughout the front and rear rows. Although, the rear legroom is a bit cramped. 

Models

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.3/55.1/41.7

39/55.3/41.3

37.8/56.1/41.8

37.8/50.7/45.4

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

35.8/51/34.7

36.1/50.7/32.7

36.4/50.3/34.1

35.0/46.1/27.3

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

15.5 cu-ft.

10.9 cu-ft.

13.1 cu-ft.

10.1 cu-ft.

The 2021 BMW M4 boasts a luggage room of 15.5 cu-ft, the largest in the Sports coupe segment, followed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 with 13.1 cu-ft. While the Audi RS5’s rearseat passengers can enjoy a spacious seating option with enough leg and headroom to accommodate long-limbed adults too. Standard interior features of the 2021 BMW M4 include:

  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • Automatic 3-zone Climate Control including micro-filter and automatic air recirculation
  • Multi-color, adjustable ambient lighting
  • Power windows with “one-touch” push-pull open/close
  • Extended Merino Leather upholstery Sport seats
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Manually adjustable steering wheel
  • Dual front sun visors with illuminated mirrors

How intuitive is the 2021 BMW M4’s Infotainment System?

The 2021 BMW M4 has ample infotainment features in the store to keep you entertained all through the ride. It features a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment system with an excellent touch response rate. Gliding through various menus and functions is now even more simple with hand gestures and voice commands. Additionally, we have a large rotary controller in the center console for a hassle-free experience. As standard, it comes equipped with all the connectivity and radio streaming options.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe infotainment screen

All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Harman-Kardon surround sound system
  • SiriusXM with 360L
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility
  • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player with Radio Data System
  • Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7

2021 BMW M4 Exterior

9.1/10

Probably, BMW M4 is the only car to date to keep up a debatable convo with a redesigned grille upfront. Although many are criticizing the massive kidney-shaped grille, we consider it as a new-onset for its transition into the electric odyssey. The previous sleek kidney grille of BMW looks so lively while the enlarged grille looks more mechanical. But behind the grille, there are many appreciable things lying on. 

2021 BMW M4 Coupe 

On the front, we have elongated LED headlights with fiber optic DRLs on to the upper corners of the grille that look aggressive. The body is more sharpened along the side that houses 18/19-inch M alloy wheels with performance tires while the Competition guy wears larger 19/20-inch wheels. For the Competition package, we have side fenders with M badging on them. On the rear, we have black tone quad exhaust outlets and LED tail light clusters. 

Models

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,880 lbs

3,968 lbs

4,429 lbs

3,902 lbs

Length (inches)

189.1

185.9

190.6

185.4

Width (inches)

74.3

73.4

73.2

72.6

Height (inches)

54.8

54.0

56.3

54.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.7

4.3

4.7

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

110.7

108.9

113.1

107.5

The BMW M4 is the lightest Coupe in the segment as the BMW made use of carbon fiber and high tensile steel in the chassis. While the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, being the heaviest in the segment is also the longest with 190.6 inches and sustains the best wheelbase at 113.1 inches. Some standout exterior features of BMW M4 include:

  • LED Headlights
  • Fiber-optic DRLs
  • 18”/19” M Double-spoke orbit grey wheels with Performance Non-Run-Flat Tires
  • 19”/20” M Double-spoke orbit grey wheels with Performance Non-Run-Flat Tires (Competition)
  • Carbon fiber roof
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes

2021 BMW M4 Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 BMW M4 hasn’t been crash-tested by either of the safety agencies, but BMW has set the bar high in the safety standards for the M Series which is clearly evident with the 2020 BMW M4 which received an overall rating of 5-star in the crash tests. With major design changes and improvements, the BMW M4 is built with high tensile steel and carbon fiber reinforced to withstand any kind of blow. The standard fare on both the M4 variants includes parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams. Other safety features include:

  • Forward Collision warning
  • Active blind-spot detection
  • Speed limit information
  • Automatic high beams
  • Post-crash braking
  • Fatigue/focus alert feature
  • Emergency Stop Assistant
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Dynamic Cruise control
  • Adaptive Brake Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Park Distance Control

2021 BMW M4 Competition

6.0/10

2021 BMW M4 Coupé vs 2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

The Audi RS5 and BMW M4 are the mainstream contenders for the Sports coupe segment. Both the 2-door coupes offer a similar set of features and drive dynamics. While the Audi RS5 takes a leap in the Technological foreground, the M4 Coupe dominates with its capacious and luxury offerings. Also, the bimmer puts out more power than that of Audi’s beefy V6 at a comparatively low price. 

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe vs the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Both the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 are commendable in their own ways, battling for supremacy with the relatively same price tag. Although the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Coupe has a potential advantage with its hybrid powertrain, the Bavarian impresses with its well-balanced ride quality throughout the tarmac. In terms of styling, the AMG E 53 has an edge over the M4 as it sports a timeless design that people got used to.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 BMW M4 Coupe vs the 2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

To be fair, the Lexus RC F with an MSRP of $64,900 seems more sensible and in fact, it offers more power and luxury facets than that of BMW M4 Coupe. But when it comes to the all-around appeal and performance, the M4 Coupe is the most complete sports coupe with a wide catalog of convenience and performance attributes. 

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

 

2021 BMW M4 Final Verdict

In the end, the deal is pretty simple. If you can look past the large and polarizing grille, the BMW M4 Coupe would be one of the most enthralling sports coupes you could ever drive. With a vibrant engine under the hood, the M4 Coupe delivers a precision-crafted performance that leaves you wanting more. In fact, the charismatic aura that BMW M4 carries with its balanced and thoughtful engineering makes it really hard to even consider other sport coupes. 

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