BMW has released more information on its upcoming 2014 M3 sedan and M4 coupe, which will debut in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
“The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most demanding race track – have readied the new models for that transition,” says Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, president of BMW M GmbH in a press release. “Meticulous and passion-fuelled development work has underpinned the creation of two high-performance sports cars that set new standards in terms of overall concept, precision and agility.”
While outgoing M3 sedans, coupes and convertibles were all powered by a 414-horsepower V8 engine, the new M3 and M4 models will come with a new twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 430 horsepower and more than 369 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy estimates have not been announced, but BMW says that the new engine also reduces fuel consumption and emissions by roughly 25 percent. A six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automated manual transmission will be available.
BMW says the new M4 is also roughly 176 pounds lighter than a similarly-equipped 2013 M3 coupe, which helps the 2014 M4 deliver improved handling and fuel economy. A new electric power steering system will feature Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings, which allow the driver to adjust the level of power assist.
While competitors like the Audi S4 and the new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG come with all-wheel drive, Edmunds reports that the new M3 and M4 will continue to be offered solely as rear-wheel drive models. "To accelerate out of corners, it is so fantastic with this concept that it's not needed,” says Albert Biermann, head of development for BMW M and Individual vehicles, in an interview with Edmunds. "People quote Audi, but look at Audi. They have no possibility to make a rear-wheel-drive car so they might as well do all-wheel drive."
While automotive journalists will have to wait to drive the 2014 M3 and M4, Car and Driver writes that they “like the big torque, that the cars have lost weight, and that M engineers pledge the steering system will become the industry standard.”
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