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BMW M4 2024: coupe nabs 390kW in Competition spec, but loses RWD option in some grades


BMW has pushed the M4’s engine to higher peaks and has added more tech, but what’s the cost?

Much like what has been done to the regular 4 Series, BMW has announced it has updated its M4 performance coupe for 2024.

The brand’s local arm has confirmed that the BMW M4 will now start from $168,700 before on-road costs, or $2200 more than what the model cost in entry M4 manual guise in 2023. 

Pricing gets as steep as $197,900 for the M4 Competition convertible with M xDrive.

2024 BMW M4 low interior shot of wheel and screens
The vibrant interior of the 2024 BMW M4

There are two significant changes for the M4 in 2024, the first of which is that buyers will no longer be able to get an M4 in Competition spec with rear-wheel drive. All M4 Competitions will feature BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system from this point forward.

The second change is that all Competition level cars have been given a decent power boost, pushing outputs from 375kW to 390kW

The M4 will continue to use a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine. No hybrid powertrain has been announced… yet. 

2024 BMW M4 Competition xDrive convertible front 3/4 static studio 2
Competition variants of the 2024 M4 now make 390kW of power

BMW Australia will introduce the updated M4 to our local market in the second quarter of 2024, with the brand stating it has had a sizable 19.7 percent growth in BMW M registrations during 2023.

What else is new to M4 for 2024?

BMW has added several new features to its M4 performance coupe and convertible for 2024, including new headlights and laserlight tail lights, availability of new forged alloy wheels, new curved display for infotainment and driving information and the continued availability of a manual transmission for the base M4. 

2024 BMW M4 rear end low 3/4 driving tracking shot
The M4 in 2024 gains new headlights and updated curved displays

A carbon reinforced plastic (CFP) roof is also standard for all coupe variants. 

BMW has lifted its S58 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine to 390kW/650Nm thanks to nothing more than “a modification to the engine control system”, solidifying the tuning potential of the turbo-six. 

BMW claims that the boosted M4 Competition with xDrive can accelerate to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, while the convertible version is just 0.2 seconds slower, with a claimed sprint time of 3.7 seconds. 

2024 BMW M4 Competition xDrive convertible interior shot of wheel and screens
A glimpse at the interior of the updated M4 Competition

The all-wheel drive xDrive system used for the M4 is a rear-biased setup and also features a variable, active M differential on the rear axle. 

For those curious about whether or not the M4 can go rear-wheel drive only for some sideways fun, the answer is yes – disabling DSC mode will put the M4 Competition into a rear-drive only configuration. 

Either an eight-speed torque converter automatic or a six-speed manual are available for the M4 in Australia for 2024. 

2024 BMW M4 Competition xDrive convertible and M4 coupe studio shot
Pricing for the BMW M4 now starts from $168,700 before on-road costs

Grade-by-grade breakdown for BMW’s M4 coupe and convertible 

In the ‘base’ M4, owners will receive the following features as standard:

  • Curved display featuring 12.3-inch cluster and 14.9-inch central touchscreen
  • 19/20-inch staggered forged alloy wheels
  • Leather Merino upholstery 
  • M carbon-fibre trims
  • Adaptive LED headlights 
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Automatic tailgate 
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • harman/kardon sound system
  • Luxury instrument panel (NEW)
2024 BMW M4 Competition xDrive convertible rear angle driving shot
All Competition cars now feature BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system

The M4 Competition xDrive coupe adds:

  • xDrive all-wheel drive system
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Full leather upholstery 
  • 390kW power upgrade 

The M4 Competition xDrive convertible adds:

  • Wind deflect 
  • Air collar 
  • 390kW power upgrade 
2024 BMW M4 top down view
A carbon-reinforced plastic roof is standard across the range

BMW M4 2024: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • M4 manual coupe: $168,700
  • M4 competition xDrive couple: $186,500
  • M4 competition xDrive convertible: $197,900