EVO Magazine crowns the BMW M4 Competition Package as the Car of the Year best coupe

BMW M4 | December 25th, 2017 by 4
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” BMW has transformed the M4 from ugly duckling to swan with the latest Competition Package,” says EVO Magazine of the BMW M4 Competition Package before handing out the crown for the “Car of the year best coupe.”

Much has been said, lately, about the BMW M4 Competition Package and how it offers a better overall driving experience than the standard M4. For $5,500 in the US, the Competition Package brings 19 more hp, some lightweight gear, 20″ wheels, a new suspension, revised steering and a revised rear differential. All of that combines to make the M4 a more fun-to-drive car.

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The steering is better, too, if not worlds better. It’s still almost completely lacking in feel, but it’s very accurate and its responses are excellent. It’s sharper than before and the front end bites harder. In fact, the M4 Comp Pack simply refuses to understeer. It actually surprised me when I thought I went into a turn too hot on a dark windy road without street lights.

The best part of the Comp Pack is the new exhaust. One of the biggest complaints about the F82 BMW M4 is its noise. The new exhaust on the Comp Pack brings the noise, in a good way. It’s loud. In Sport mode, it pops and burbles on downshifts and throttle lift. In Sport Plus, it cranks the pops and burbles up to 11.

EVO also says that the M4 Competition Package beat the Audi RS5 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S in their Supertest (evo 241) and is now good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as the iconic E30 M3.

4 responses to “EVO Magazine crowns the BMW M4 Competition Package as the Car of the Year best coupe”

  1. Arunabh says:

    A very well deserved award for this car to BMW.

    it took them few iterations but they finally perfected this car and made it what it was supposed to be. Persistence has paid off ultimately.

  2. Bmw driver says:

    There are only two F series BMWs that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the e30 M3, they are the 228/230i M-sport, with LSD, and the M2. Probably the 228i is closest in spirit. I have spent 2 full days thrashing M3 and M4 CPs, and the last car I’d compare them to is the e30 M. Maybe a grippier, more powerful, more numb, less communicative e46 M, but not an e30.

  3. mod9 says:

    Still hate the “drooping” and”lip” design of the front!

    Oh, how I miss the design language of my all-time favourite 3 series, the impressive E46. Number 2 would be the E90 and rounding off the top three would be the E36.

    Other than that, congratulations on slowly bringing back the M division philosophy of unrivalled driving experience.

  4. Timothy Gough says:

    M4 Competition pack should, simply, have been M4 right from the start. It should have been the final word. Why release the half baked product as “M4” when they had a better product but waited so they could release that as M4 Competition Pack? And it’s not just BMW doing stuff like that, its all car makers now, and it’s not right. Sorry I had to rant but if people don’t start to point this out, it won’t get better only worse and that’s not what anyone wants.

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