Watch the new 2014 BMW M4 Coupe being tested on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and putting down a nice drift!
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Under the hood of the new BMW M3 and M4 Coupe lays a high-revving 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe produces maximum output of approximately 430 hp. Its peak torque soars far beyond 500 Newton meters (369 lb-ft), out stripping the figures recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by well over 30 per cent.
Despite having larger proportions, the new M3 and M4 went through a weight reduction: just under 1,500 kilograms, which helps to ensure outstanding driving dynamics and exceptional efficiency.
Unlike the manual system used by the outgoing BMW M3, the new M Active Differential uses an electric actuator which constantly varies the locking effect, as required. That enables better traction, the adjustability of the car is improved, and understeer coming out of corners is dialled out to impressive effect. M Dynamic Mode – a subfunction of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system – quenches the thirst of enthusiastic drivers for keen dynamics. While DSC intervenes as required to counteract understeer and oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows greater wheel slip and therefore easy drifting. Owners with a taste for sporty and dynamic driving will appreciate this breadth to the cars’ handling, although DSC will still step in if the car ventures over the limits – unless it is switched off completely. Whichever setting the driver chooses, he or she remains responsible for the car’s stability.
Let’s have a look and also read our own ride impression of the new 2014 BMW M3.