As the new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe enter the auto show circuit, more and more photos of the “twin brothers” are popping up on the interwebs. The first M4 Coupe and the third generation M3 Sedan debuted earlier this month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
In the UK, over 200 pre-orders were placed for the M3 and M4 Coupe, although no a customer managed to get behind the wheel of the new Ms.
BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe can be ordered in Alpine White, Sakhir Orange, Black Sapphire, Silverstone, Mineral White, Mineral Grey, Austin Yellow and Yas Marina Blue.
Thanks to a lightweight design, the M3 and M4 have a weight saving of around 80 kilograms over the outgoing M3. In addition to using CFRP in certain components to save weight – both M3 and M4 get a carbon roof – the suspension components have been redesigned and are made in aluminum. M engineers say the BMW M3 and M4 are 10 sec faster at Nurburgring than the outgoing E90 / E92 M3.
The new six-cylinder engine can be paired to a manual or DCT. Manual transmission is based on the BMW 1M and it’s 12 kg lighter than the gearbox found in previous E90 / E92 M3. It uses a twin blade clutch and upgraded oil system. If one orders the manual transmission instead of dual clutch gearbox, it will also save 25 kg (55 lbs). The new feature on the manual transmission, automatic rev matching, is only enabled in Sport and Comfort driving mode, but disabled in Sport+ mode.
BMW says the electric power steering system (EPS) in the BMW M3 / M4 is the best on the market today. The M folks say they aimed to improve the steering in the previous generation M3.
The F80 2015 BMW M3 Sedan will cost $62,000 and 2015 BMW M4 has a base price $64,200. Destination and handling is $925. The two M brothers will go on sale in summer of this year.
Here is a photo gallery with some auto shows photos and snapshots from Gran Turismo 6. We have also thrown in there a nice shot of the M3 Sedan by our own Andrew Murphy.