2017 BMW M4

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Ever since the time the BMW M series returned back from its sabbatical about a decade ago, the M4 Coupe has had a position in the current market scenario where there aren't many others competing with it. As always, it competes with the likes of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, The Lexus RC F Coupe, and the Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 Coupe.


7.3/10
Features

 

9.6/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Interior

 

9.2/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Powered with a 3.0 Liter 6-cylinders Twin Power Turbo engine, it generates about 425 hp at 5800 rpm and 406 lb-ft at 1400 rpm, figures which easily matches its rivals. It's much better around corners than rivals but the stiff suspension takes a toll on ride quality.

2017 BMW M4 Features

7.3/10

The M4 coupe comes only in a single trim and is the high-performance version of the 4-series coupe. It is priced at $66,400 and gets a V6 that makes 425 ponies. Being the only trim, the M4 has all the features and equipment that one can ask for and if you have enough dough in your pocket, BMW allows you to choose in different packages.

Trims M4 Coupe
MSRP $66,200
Key Features Adaptive sport-tuned suspension (a standard nonadaptive suspension is a no-cost option)
  Electronically controlled rear differential Keyless ignition and entry
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Leather upholstery
  Power front sports seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings and fold-down rear seatbacks.
  8.8-inch display screen with BMW's iDrive infotainment interface
  Rearview camera
  16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system
  Bluetooth
  Navigation
  Suite of smartphone and online applications under the BMW Connected Drive banner, HD radio and satellite radio, a USB audio input and a CD player.

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The 2017 BMW M4 Coupe has only one trim on offer which comes at a no non-sense price keeping in mind the performance and luxury it has.

2017 BMW M4 Engine

9.6/10

“The M4 drives a lot like a sports car. It accelerates with potency, turns sharply and stops quickly. There's little reason to crave more performance, though the steering doesn't communicate much road feel to the driver.”- Edmunds

The 2017 BMW M4 Coupe is powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Engine which produces 425 hp at 5800rpm and 406 lb.-ft. at 1400rpm. The power is delivered exclusively to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

The twin-turbo engine has been specially designed to improve the fuel efficiency, and one must say that it does the needful pretty well. And yeah, it sounds good too with lag free performance.

Models

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Coupe

MSRP

$66,200

$63,890

$64,165

$67,000

Engine

3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo

3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT

5.0-liter 8-cylinder

4.0L Biturbo V8

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

425 hp

464 hp

467 hp

469 hp

Torque

406 lb-ft

445 lb-ft

389 lb-ft

479 lb-ft

Acceleration

The M4, despite its smaller engine, plays the perfect catch-up to its competitors, reaching the speed of 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and covering a quarter mile in 12.2 seconds.

Models

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

0-60 MPH

4.0 sec

3.8 sec

4.5 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.2 sec

12.2 sec

12.7 sec

10.4 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.6L

5.0L

4.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8

9.3

9.3

9.3

We have to say that the BMW, Cadillac and the Mercedes Benz are all pretty much similar in terms of covering the first 60 mph, with just a 0.1-second difference separating them.

In terms of a quarter mile, the Mercedes Benz is way ahead, beating the other three by almost 2 seconds.

Handling and Steering

If there is one parameter where the BMW scores over its rivals, it is handling. The M suspension is pure magic, delivering immense precision and feedback around curvy roads. BMW is known for its handling prowess but after driving an M4 you’ll realize that BMW has gone a little soft with this one. The steering response isn’t adequate and it can be felt while cornering.

The ride quality feels good with adaptive suspensions as you won’t feel much jerks inside. Also, the car is pretty agile and the all-season tires offer better grip on the roads. BMW M4 is a driver’s car that inspires confidence at higher speed on the tarmac.

Braking

The 2017 BMW M4 Coupe has the brakes which match its acceleration. It does well with the Antilock brake system, and also has brake assist. The brake assist is insane, as it alerts the driver about the possibility of a stationary object ahead.

Model

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Brake Front(in)

15.0

14.5

15.0

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

14.6

13.3

13.6

14.2

Curb Weight(lbs)

3530

3803

3958

4074

60-0 MPH (ft.)

104

101

108

103

Under a panic braking situation, the M4 takes about 104 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph. The Cadillac is the best in this regard with 101 feet.

2017 BMW M4 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The twin-turbo engine does what was expected from it. With a city mpg of 17 mpg and that of 26 on the highway, this BMW is definitely, the best in class. At 20 mpg combined, the BMW is the best while the other three are just a shade behind at 19 mpg.

Model

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MPG (City)

17

17

16

17

MPG (Highway)

26

23

25

23

MPG (Combined)

20

19

19

19

2017 BMW M4 Interior

8.2/10

“The M4 looks similar to the rest of the 4-Series range inside but with a sprinkling of added M-ness in the form of unique seats, materials and probably a few too many M badges. The material quality, fit and finish and general feel of buttons and switchgear are all top-class.”- CarBuzz

Seating and Comfort

While the previous M4 had a decent interior design, the new M4 has one of the best cabins in this range. The classic BMW analog gauges encourage you to drive it like you mean it.

The 2017 BMW M4 is a two-row cruiser which accommodates 4 people. It provides heated and cooled seating as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. The driver’s seat is a bit hard but that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Model

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.8/55.3/42.2

37.6/54.1/42.3

37.8/50.7/45.4

38.8/54.8/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.1/51.7/33.7

35.1/51.1/33.5

35.0/46.1/27.3

35.6/51.7/32.0

The seats are electronically powered providing ample support to the driver. They are made of premium synthetic leather upholstery. Add to that leather-wrapped steering wheel that can be adjusted to the preference.

The interior features include:

  • Alarm
  • Back-Up Camera (Optional)
  • Cruise Control
  • Heads-Up Display (Optional)
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • HID headlights
  • Keyless Start
  • Rear Parking Aid (Optional)
  • Automatic Parking (Optional)
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls

Infotainment

 

The BMW M series infotainment system is easy to use, once you clear the learning curve. It provides great interface, coupled with excellent sound, and also includes:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System (Optional)
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Smart Device Integration

Cargo

The 2017 BMW M4 Coupe has a spacious trunk. There is no load lip to lift up the baggage. The storage spaces are excellent with a 12V socket as well. The rear seats are foldable leading to extra room.

Model

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Volume (ft cube)

11.0

10.4

10.1

10.5

The Mercedes Benz C 63 is a direct competitor in this parameter, but even it lags way behind in the cargo capacity of the BMW M4.

2017 BMW M4 Exterior

9.2/10

“A power bulge on the hood hints at the twin-turbocharged behemoth underneath, flared fenders wrap around bigger wheels, and its aero-friendly nose, side, and rear end help the M4 cut through the air.”- The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

This BMW cruiser has had a little upgrade from the previous versions. It has a sharp nose and a tail end which looks smooth and luxurious. It now has one less vertical bar on the grill (now nine). This is done along with tweaks to the fog lamps and the lower air intake. With a ground clearance of 4.8 inches, it does provide adequate room to drive over bad roads as well.

Model

2017 BMW M4 Coupe

2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

2017 Lexus RC F Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Curb weight(lbs)

3530

3803

3958

4074

Length(in)

184.5

184.7

185.2

184.0

Width(in)

73.6

72.5

72.6

73.6

Height(in)

54.4

54.5

54.7

55.1

Ground clearance(in)

4.8

4.9

5.1

4.4

Wheelbase(in)

110.7

109.3

107.5

111.8

Track width(in) F/R

62.2/63.1

60.5/61.4

61.2/61.4

64.4/62.7

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Convertible Soft top
  • Rear Defrost
  • LED Headlights
  • 18-inches Alloy wheels
  • Power adjusted side mirrors
  • Convertible Soft top
  • Rear Defrost
  • LED Headlights
  • 18-inches Alloy wheels
  • Power adjusted side mirrors

2017 BMW M4 Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA have not yet rated the BME 640i Convertible.

The various safety features in the BMW 640i Convertible are:

  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Active Knee Protection
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • LATCH attachment for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights

2017 BMW M4 Competition

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

The BMW has far more advantages than the Cadillac ATS-V. Although the Cadillac does have a bigger engine, the power output is almost same. All the other specifications do go in the favor of the BMW.

The BMW is also a taller, longer and wider car than the Cadillac with a slightly better fuel economy than the latter. Thus, the BMW M4 Coupe is a clear winner in this comparison.

Lexus RCF Coupe

The Lexus has a much bigger engine than the BMW, but again, the BMW generate equal torque and power. The acceleration of the Lexus is better too. And Lexus is so reliable, you will be bored with it before it ages. But then again, the M4 has a legendary track performance that’s hard to match.

Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 Coupe

Like the other two, the Mercedes Benz does have a bigger engine but the BMW manages to catch hold of them in the power generation.  All the other features too are pretty much similar. Although a better ride comfort, coupled with a bigger trunk and a cheaper price, the BMW wins this too.

2017 BMW M4 Final Verdict

The BMW M4 may not be too cheap and doesn’t have a big engine. However, it is nothing short of a true BMW experience. It gives the sporty feel, is luxurious from the inside and has a peppy drive quality to an immensely satisfying handling.

You do have to compromise a bit on ride comfort but that’s part of the overall BMW M experience – rough and ready. However, if you do insist on more comfort, the C63 will cocoon you with some compromise on performance.

Pros

Peppy Engine

Stunning Exteriors

Spacious Cabin

Daytime running LED Headlamps

Cons

Harsh ride quality

What's New?

No major changes



Styles

 2017 BMW M4 in Yas Marina Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Tanzanite Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Smoked Topaz Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Silverstone Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Sakhir Orange II Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Mineral White Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Mineral Gray Metallic color  2017 BMW M4 in Champagne Quartz Metallic color
Yas Marina Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine

9.6

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.2

Exterior

9.2

Driving

9.2

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW M4 base

base

power
425 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$66,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $66,200 MSRP (17/20/26) 425 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4 NA

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