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  • 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,150 CARLOS LAGO: The world of sports cars and sports

  • coupes has changed dramatically since the M4 first came out.

  • And that's exactly what this one is right here.

  • It's a 2018 M4 with the competition pack.

  • Now, what does that mean?

  • Well, for 2018, you get these new LED lights

  • on the front, which don't really have any performance benefits,

  • but they sure look cool.

  • The competition pack does some neat things, though,

  • with the suspension and the electronics.

  • It also bumps the power up to 444 horsepower,

  • but we'll talk about that once we drive.

  • As for the exterior though, it's largely the same.

  • You still have a carbon fiber roof

  • that you don't get if you get a moonroof,

  • so don't get the moonroof.

  • But underneath, you no longer have a carbon fiber drive

  • shaft.

  • That was axed, I think, a year or two ago.

  • The M4 wears it's driving enthusiast desires pretty

  • clearly in its interior.

  • The competition package adds these bucket-like seats,

  • which have extensive side bolstering,

  • and they also have a fabric seat bottom

  • in back, which helps hold you in place

  • when you're doing like high-g cornering stuff.

  • The problem is when you get in and out of the car,

  • you have to wedge yourself between the bolster

  • and the driver's seat, which makes it a little bit tricky.

  • But chances are, if you're opting for something called

  • the competition pack, you're probably

  • willing to accept that trade-off.

  • Now elsewhere in the car, you have carbon fiber

  • on the dash or at least a material that looks like it.

  • I would probably rather go for aluminum,

  • but fortunately, you can change that when

  • you order your own car.

  • But without further ado, let's start the car.

  • 00:01:23,190 --> 00:01:26,039 We have a good old-fashioned six-speed manual.

  • This car does have automatic rev matching,

  • but you can turn it off by playing with these settings

  • right here.

  • Now, there are a lot of ways to adjust

  • how this car drives, probably too much, in my opinion.

  • You can adjust the level of steering effort you need.

  • You can adjust the damper firmness.

  • You can adjust how rapidly the engine

  • meets your gas pedal use.

  • And you have three different modes

  • for the stability control.

  • There's a lot.

  • I think too much.

  • And BMW must agree because on the steering wheel here,

  • there are two preset buttons that lock

  • in whatever you've set here.

  • I kind of wish BMW just had one setting for when

  • you turn the car on, and then had a fast setting for when

  • you're ready to go.

  • But you can kind of make that happen with these buttons.

  • So minor annoyance.

  • The steering wheel itself feels really nice, really nice

  • on your hands with good levels of grip on it.

  • It's not too thick or too meaty.

  • And the bolsters here on the sides

  • lock your hands in at the right driving position.

  • The wheel is large enough too, so you can

  • see the gauges really clearly.

  • The gauges, themselves, are still analog.

  • A lot of cars are using digital gauges today.

  • I kind of like the traditional look of these gauges,

  • so it's nice to have those.

  • And one little neat trick that the M3 and M4

  • do in this generation is the red line is digital.

  • And when the car is cold, It will actually be lower.

  • And as it warms up, the lights start receding away

  • until it shows 7,500 RPM.

  • That's a nice little touch.

  • Other than that, this is a fairly straightforward

  • interior.

  • I'll say that, because this is based on a sedan,

  • you have a lot more interior space

  • than you do in some other sports cars or sports coupes.

  • There's plentiful space up here.

  • I've got good headroom, shoulder room, leg room and all that,

  • but the back seat is genuinely usable too

  • for two full sized adults with the exception of headroom,

  • which gets a little bit tight.

  • But that's for the comfort side of things.

  • Next, let's get driving.

  • In order to talk about what the M4 is today,

  • we have to understand what it is in total.

  • Aside being slightly firmer than the base car,

  • it's largely in the same package is what you get.

  • What I really adore about this thing is the engine.

  • Not basically how it sounds, but the power delivery, the power

  • band.

  • Torque comes in very strongly as soon

  • as the turbos get to boost, which feels very quick.

  • This is a twin-turbocharged engine with pretty excellent

  • throttle response.

  • Very free revving.

  • What you have to be prepared for is

  • that when torque does come in, it comes in really hard,

  • with a wallop.

  • The spike must look incredible when you look at the dyno sheet

  • because that's the way you feel it.

  • And sometimes you have to anticipate it at slow speeds

  • when you're in second gear.

  • Be quick on that steering because the rear end's going

  • to step out unless you have the traction.

  • But it can get a little confused when the road gets bumpy.

  • This rear end seems very firm.

  • And on bumps and heaves, it can get a little out

  • of sorts of itself.

  • Now, in terms of overall agility,

  • it's hard to get around the sides.

  • You sit up high in this car.

  • You have a tall roof.

  • But that gives you good forward visibility

  • and through the glass and all that stuff

  • is what's on the side.

  • But this is a large car that feels its weight.

  • It masks that with sticky tires and powerful brakes

  • and a big engine.

  • But, at the end of the day, you're

  • working with a pretty large and heavy sport coupe.

  • That can be OK because that's what this car kind of competes

  • against.

  • But, again, there are more serious sports cars

  • for this money.

  • They're going to have their own downsides and upsides because

  • of their layouts.

  • But that's just one thing you have

  • to keep in mind with this car.

  • BMW's done an excellent job with this shifter.

  • It's a very traditional BMW shifter.

  • So if you're used to that experience, this is the same.

  • It's a kind of a rubbery feel, but something you

  • can move around with some precision

  • once you understand how to move it.

  • I like the clutch engagement.

  • It has good feel.

  • It's not too heavy.

  • But you know exactly when it's engaged.

  • And the rev matching on downshifts is very quick.

  • If you want to hurry the gearbox,

  • you want to make up time that way,

  • you could probably do it faster yourself.

  • But if you want to make up time, you probably

  • aren't going to be driving a 4,000 pound BMW

  • coupe like this.

  • So what's your real intention?

  • When you get into the higher RPMs, this engine sounds good.

  • It's a very classical straight six.

  • How, with a little bit of a warble,

  • that you wouldn't normally associate with that engine,

  • but the attributes are there at high engine speed.

  • The problem is when you slow the car down, back off the gas,

  • you're at 3,000 RPM.

  • You lay into it, there's that drone.

  • The problem is you spend a lot more time driving it

  • like this at these engine speeds than you do at the race engine

  • speeds, when you're really hauling ass.

  • So you get that drone a lot more than not.

  • But because it's not fun, let's speed it back up

  • and talk about other things that are fun.

  • This thing does come off corners really well

  • when they're smooth.

  • You're going to have a really fun time.

  • Steering is accurate though the drive modes

  • get a little bit bananas when you start looking into them.

  • And you look at some of the settings,

  • like the sport plus steering, is just to firm.

  • And I can't imagine why anybody would use it,

  • unless they're really into working out their biceps

  • or triceps while they're steering their car.

  • 00:06:44,410 --> 00:06:45,520 This is a fun car.

  • There are more serious and more sporting cars for the money.

  • This money lands you in a really fast Corvette.

  • This money lands you in an incredibly fast Camaro

  • or GT350R Mustang.

  • This money also lands you in a C63, which is more refined,

  • has a more luxurious and rich interior.

  • So that means the M4 kind of sits between those extremes.

  • That's a tough place to be in, unless you don't want

  • the luxury and opulence and appearance of the Z63

  • and you don't want the extreme sports car

  • that you'd get out of some of the domestic counterparts.

  • That means this M4 might be the perfect car for that taste,

  • but it requires a pretty specific set

  • of circumstances for you to really want this thing.

  • 00:07:34,580 --> 00:07:36,620 Although it has some challenges, in terms

  • of dynamics at the limit, the M4 is still

  • a really fun car to drive and should satisfy

  • most buyers would choose one.

  • If you like what you saw, keep it tuned right here

  • and be sure to visit edmunds.com.

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