After numerous teasers and leaked images, the highly anticipated 2014 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe have finally been revealed online. Both the cars will make their public debut at the NAIAS in Detroit next month.
Here’s the 2014 BMW M3 Presentation Video:
Under the hood, both cars have the inline-six TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter engine delivering 431 HP and a maximum torque of 550 Nm. Compared to the outgoing generation, the new M3 is approximately 25 percent more fuel efficient and is around 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter, thanks to the CFRP roof. The CFRP roof helps the car shed 5 kg for the sedan and more than 6 kg for the coupe. BMW says the cars will do 26.7 mpg US (32.1 mpg UK or 8.8 liters / 100 km) in the combined cycle with the manual and 28.3 mpg US (34 mpg UK or 8.3 liters / 100 km) with the DCT.
Here’s the 2014 BMW M4 Presentation Video:
BMW engineers reworked the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension by using lightweight components which have reduced unsprung masses and increased rigidity at the same time. The M3 and M4 ride on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/40 front and 275/40 rear tires, while optionally available are larger 19-inch rims.
Both cars will do 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) in 4.1 seconds when fitted the optional 7-speed M DCT. Standard six speed manual gearbox will take 4.3 seconds for the same. Top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph (250 kmph), but with the M Driver’s Package fo some more dough, one can raise the limit to174 mph (280 kmph).
The aforementioned seven-speed M DCT comes with launch control and a “smokey burnout” mode that allows a certain degree of wheel spin at low speeds. Stopping power will come from standard compound brakes or optional lighter BMW M carbon ceramic brakes.
The new BMW M3 Sedan will be manufactured in Regensburg, while the M4 Coupe will be assembled in Munich. Both cars will make their public debut next month at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.