2018 BMW M4

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2018 BMW M4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

BMW M4 is the updated version of BMW 4 Series, where M signifies Motorsport badging. It now comes with a reduced weight and stiffer chassis than its predecessor. The M4 has also replaced BMW M3 Series which also used to come in two trims i.e. coupe and convertible.

The prices of M4 range from $68,500 to $77,200. Both of them use a 3.0 L 6-Cylinder Twin Power Turbo engine which churns out a power output of 425 hp at 550 rpm and a torque of 406 lb-ft at 1850 rpm. The engine is further mated to a 6 Speed Manual Transmission System.

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Sharp emergency braking

Plush interior

Steering is responsive

Sporty exterior


Not a powerful engine

Transmission isn't smooth

What's New?

Upgraded infotainment system

Restyled front & tail lights.


vehicle bio

base price



2dr Coupe

passenger capacity


top speed

163 mph



engine type


182 cu. in.


425 hp @ 5500 rpm


406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm


6-speed manual


brake rotors (f/r)

14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/15 in. ventilated disc brakes



110.7 in.


184.5 in.


73.6 in.


54.8 in.

curb weight

3565 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.


cargo volume

11 cu ft.

payload capacity

860 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy


17/20/25 mpg

highway range

395 mi.


basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance



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Alpine White

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Trims and Configurations


 2018 BMW M4 base


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


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $68,700 MSRP (17 mpg/20 mpg/25 mpg) 425 hp @ 5500 rpm3gaspremium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive N/A

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MPG: 23 combined

Expert Review

CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018


Overall Rating

2018 M4 has got very decent mechanical specifications along with luxurious interior features to comfort the driver. It includes Leather Upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16 Speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system.





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2018 BMW M4 Features


Some of the standard features which come with M4 Coupe model are electronically controlled rear differential, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.8-inch display screen with BMW’s iDrive infotainment interface, 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system audio system and a lot more. M4 Convertible has all the features that M4 Coupe has just an additional convertible feature.

Trims M4 Coupe
MSRP $68,700

Adaptive sport-tuned suspension (a standard non-adaptive suspension is a no-cost option)

   Electronically controlled rear differential Keyless ignition and entry
   Dual-zone automatic climate control Leather upholstery
   Power front sport-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

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.

apart from the above-mentioned features, there are two add-on packages on offer- Executive Package ($2,100), Competition Package ($4,750). The former offers a few useful features, like Heads-up display, etc, while the latter adds more power to the engine.

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The M4 coupe has no trims, only package options. The competition package dials the funs factor up to eleven. The Executive package could be skipped unless you need the extra luxury and are willing to cough up the extra dough.

2018 BMW M4 Engine


BMW has tried hard to disguise that the M4 is turbocharged, with sharp throttle responses helping to deliver near-instant boost, and the DCT gearbox handles these sudden torque spikes better than the manual does. - CarandDriver

Engine and Transmission

2018 M4 uses 3.0 Liter  6 Cylinder Twin Turbo Engine with a choice of 6-Speed Manual or 7-speed automatic transmission system. It churns out 425 hp of power (444 hp with the competition package), which pushes the car forward with extreme urgency everytime you floor the throttle.

Models BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
MSRP $68,700 $64,790 $69,900 $67,500
Engine 3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo 3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT 2.9L TFSI 6 Cylinder 4.0L Biturbo V8
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 425 hp 464 hp 444 hp 469 hp
Torque 406 lb-ft 445 lb-ft 443 lb-ft 479 lb-ft

All of the rivals of M4 come in the almost same price range as there is just a difference of $5,000 among the most expensive one and the cheapest one where Audi RS 5 is on top and Cadillac ATS-V is at the bottom. BMW M4 offers the lowest value power and torque among the rivals.


BMW M4 takes flat 4 seconds to reach a speed of 60 mph from a standstill position and only 12.2 seconds to cover a quarter mile. The M4 is sharp at low revs and holds a great throttle response. 

Models BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
0-60 MPH 4.0 sec 3.8 sec 3.7 sec 3.9 sec
Quarter mile 12.2 sec 12.2 sec 12.0 sec 10.4 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.6L 2.9L 4.0L


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

8.9 9.2 8.4 9.3

The quickest to reach 60 MPH from standstill is Audi RS 5 with the difference of 0.3 seconds from the slowest i.e. BMW M4. But in a quarter mile race, Mercedes Benz AMG C 63 takes on the lead with a difference of 1.6 seconds from the Audi RS 5. Also, Audi RS 5 is the most eco-friendly car among the rivals.

Steering and Handling

2018 BMW M4 uses Rack and Pinion type steering system which offers a turning diameter of 40 ft from curb to curb. The steering system is very good for most of the drivers in in-town conditions but it lacks the feel what the host expect from the car of this class.


M4 is not that best among the rivals when it comes to the braking department. Although it has ABS connected disc brakes on all the wheels, it covers 104 ft before stopping from a speed of 60 mph with a curb weight of 3565 lbs.

Model BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
Brake Front(in) 15.0 14.5 14.8 15.4
Brake Rear(in) 14.6 13.3 13.0 14.2
Curb Weight(lbs) 3565 3803 3990 4074
60-0 MPH (ft.) 104 101 104 103

Although BMW M4 got the least curb weight in the class but it covers maximum distance before stopping from a speed of 60 mph. Mercedes Benz is the heaviest vehicle among the rivals and offers a stopping distance of 103 ft. The car with the best brakes is Cadillac ATS-V which stops the car in just 101 ft.

2018 BMW M4 Fuel Economy


BMW M4 has a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons and offers fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway which combines to form the fuel economy of 20 mpg. M4 stands second in the list of most fuel-efficient car among the rivals.

Model BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
MPG (City) 17 16 18 17
MPG (Highway) 25 23 26 23
MPG (Combined) 20 19 21 19

Audi RS 5 is the most fuel efficient car which offers the combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. The least fuel-efficient car in the list ties between Cadillac ATS-V and Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 & BMW M4 standing somewhere in the middle.

2018 BMW M4 Interior


"Both the 2018 M4 coupe and convertible have seating for four, and like their more mainstream 4 Series siblings, space is tight in the rear. That likely won't matter much to buyers of the M4, as their primary concern will be behind the wheel."- Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

With the passenger capacity of four, M4 offers very good seating comfort in the class. Due to its sporty nature, the company has offered great features for the seats like driver-seat memory settings, fold-down rear seatbacks, and power front sport seats with heating.

Model BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
Passenger capacity 4 4 4 4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


39.8/55.3/42.2 37.6/54.1/42.3 39.6/55.3/41.3 38.8/54.8/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


36.1/51.7/33.7 35.1/51.1/33.5 36.2/50.7/32.7 35.6/51.7/32.0

When compared with the rivals, BMW M4 stands to be the most comfortable car in the class. It gives best space for both front and rear seats. Audi RS 5 is the only rival which can compete with BMW M4. Cadillac ATS-V is the tightest car among the rivals. It provides least space for front and rear seats.


M4 got very logical and practically easy to use features in the cabin. There is a 6.5 inch infotainment screen (8.8-inches display screen optional) with BMW’s iDrive infotainment interface. The infotainment system also gets:

  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • HD radio
  • satellite radio
  • USB audio unit
  • CD player

Cargo/Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume should not be a criterion on which 2018 M4 can be judged. It does not offer a good space what the host would expect.

Model BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
Volume (ft cube) 11.0 10.4 16.4 10.5

Only Audi RS 5 is a car which got decent trunk volume i.e. 16.4 ft. cube. Every other rival is way behind Audi RS 5.

Interior Features

There are plenty of features apart from infotainment. A few of them are listed below:

  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Power Front Sport-Seats with heating
  • Driver-seat memory setting and fold-down rear seatbacks
  • 16-Speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system


2018 BMW M4 Exterior


"The M4 coupe and convertible look similar to those of the 4 Series, but their unique traits are easy to see if you know where to look. The hood features a power dome that you can think of as a bicep signaling this performance car's extra muscle. Around back are quad exhaust outlets."- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 BMW M4 with a curb weight of 3565 lbs is 184.5 inches long and 73.6 inches wide with side mirrors open. It got a height of 54.4 inches. It also has the ground clearance of 4.8 inches which helps it to run smoother. Trackwidth is 62.2 inches and 63.1 inches in front and rear respectively and Wheelbase is 110.7 inches provides good rear space for the passengers.

Model BMW M4 Coupe Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Audi RS 5 Coupe Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
Curb weight(lbs) 3565 3803 3990 4074
Length(in) 184.5 184.7 186.0 184.0

Weight Distribution


52% - 48% 51% - 49% 40% - 60% 54% - 46%
Width(in) 73.6 72.5 73.3 73.6
Height(in) 54.4 54.5 53.5 55.1
Ground clearance(in) 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.4
Wheelbase(in) 110.7 109.3 108.9 111.8
Track width(in) F/R 62.2/63.1 60.5/61.4 62.9/62.5 64.4/62.7

When compared with the rivals Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 is the tallest car in the class and offers maximum ground clearance with a curb weight of 4074 lbs which is the most among the rivals. Cadillac ATS-V is the most balanced car with the weight distribution of 51%-49% in Front-Rear.

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive Sport Tuned Suspension
  • Electronically Controlled Rear Differential


2018 BMW M4 Safety

2018 BMW M4 Safety Features

Some of the standard features are given below:

  • 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

2018 BMW M4 has not been rated by NHSTA and IIHS yet.

2018 BMW M4 Competition

2018 BMW M4 Coupe vs. Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

The first noticeable point is the price difference of around $4,000 (Cadillac has a lower price). Cadillac got the bigger engine and produces more power and torque than BMW. It also has better acceleration than the BMW but is also less fuel efficient. Both have almost same exterior dimensions but the BMW leads the Cadillac in Cargo space.

2018 BMW M4 Coupe vs. Audi RS 5 Coupe

Audi RS 5 is clearly more exciting than BMW M4. Although it is more expensive than the latter, it is better in almost all the mechanical departments. It offers better power and torque, better acceleration and even more fuel efficient. Audi takes the leads in terms of cargo volume.

2018 BMW M4 Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

The Merc isn't as economical than the BMW but offers better power and torque. It is slightly above the BMW in fuel economy and braking. Although being heaviest in the class, it offers almost the same trunk volume as the BMW M4.

2018 BMW M4 Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW M4 is one of its kinds. Although with decent mechanical specifications, BMW M4 covers up its drawbacks when it comes to interior features. It offers some of the best features in the cabin which can comfort the driver. As there are only two doors in the car, it gives a very sporty look. If you looking for a good looking luxurious sports car, BMW M4 is a good option to go for.