Fending off the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 AMG S is right at the front of BMW’s mind. Alongside a price cut and feature boost for the four-door BMW M3, the proposition of the M4 coupe and convertible has also been improved for the 2016 model year. Similarly to the sedan, the M4 sees its retail price lopped by ten percent, with the M4 coupe now listing at $149,900, down from $166,040.
Similar updates and price drops also apply to the M3 sedan: read our BMW M3 2016 price and specs article here.
For those that prefer drop-top sports cars, the price of the BMW M4 convertible falls from $178,040 to $161,900.
What’s under the bonnet in the business end of the BMW M4 doesn’t change. BMW ruffled enthusiast’s feathers when it switched back to six-cylinder power for the M4, and it’s doubling-down. The three-litre turbocharged straight six remains, with outputs steady. Power is 317kW at 7300rpm, while 550Nm of torque is available broadly, from 1850rpm right through to 5500rpm.
Those numbers remain good for 4.1 second sprints to 100. However, for performance buyers seeking outright grunt, the C63 AMG’s 375kW and 700Nm are even more appealing. The convertible version dashes to 100 in 4.4 seconds.
BMW Australia’s head of product and market planning, Shawn Ticehurst, points to the M4’s numbers as proof of its competitiveness. ‘[BMW M division has] already surpassed our total sales result for 2014’, Ticehurst told Chasing Cars.
Slight appearance changes to the M4’s exterior and interior are similar to those on the revised BMW 3 Series line.
Outside, BMW are emphasising a move towards full LED lighting. The M4 gains full-LED tail lights, and round LED daytime running lights. Adaptive LED headlights, previously an option, are now standard fit.
Inside, minor changes to the appearance are complimented by more generous features. Full Merino leather is now included and rolls across the dash, instrument panel, door sills and glovebox as well as the seats. There are also new chrome accents.
A number of advanced safety technologies are now thrown in as standard. The BMW Driving Assistant package was previously a cost option: the ‘light’ autonomous emergency city braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and head-up display are now included.
The infotainment system also gains BMW’s ConnectedDrive Freedom and Remote Services apps out of the box. That includes handy features like remote unlocking and locking for your M4; Google’s send-to-car GPS directions; the ability to find your car with your smartphone through a BMW app’ and real-time traffic updates on the go.
Maintenance is simplified with BMW now offering the ability to prepay servicing costs with a programme called BMW Service Inclusive. BSI is available in both Basic (scheduled services only), and Plus (scheduled visits plus some extra maintenance). The packages start at 3 years / 60,000 kilometres, but BSI is both extendable and transferrable to a new owner.
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