The BMW M4 is the coupe variant of the M3 sedan, which has enjoyed a storied history among driving enthusiasts for decades. After taking a hiatus while the 4 Series underwent a full redesign, the 2021 BMW M4 is at last unveiled — though some might prefer certain parts remained under covers.
2021 BMW M4
The new M4 gets the same powerplant as the redesigned M3: a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder that produces 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. If a 48-horsepower increase over the previous M4 isn't spicy enough for you, step up to the Competition model with 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It's a healthy increase in output for a relatively modest $2,900 price bump.
As expected, the M4 sports an interior similar to the one in the 4 Series that it's based on. Differentiators include slick red ignition and driving mode buttons, optional carbon-fiber trim elements, and new M Sport seats with more aggressive side bolstering. Hardcore enthusiasts might want to opt for the carbon-fiber bucket seats with cutouts for multipoint racing belts.
Powering the M4's infotainment system is BMW's latest iDrive 7.0 interface. In our experiences with the current 3 Series — which also features iDrive 7.0 — we've found it to be one of the most intuitive systems on the market. It helps reduce driver distraction thanks to an advanced voice recognition system, as well as its support for inputs via touchscreen or dial controller. Wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are a navigation system and M-specific performance applications.
With a more powerful engine, enhanced performance systems and improved cabin tech, the 2021 BMW M4 has everything needed to be a worthy successor to the previous model. As vain as it sounds, however, that giant buck-toothed grille may be a deal-breaker for some.