2021 BMW M4: Next Generation BMW M4 With GrilleFace Preview
2021 BMW M4 Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s head of design, recently reassured us that the BMW 4 Series coupe’s tall and narrow grille will not serve as the new face of all upcoming BMW models.
However, Dukec noted that BMW also has no immediate plans to ditch the big maw 4.
It will spread to other Series 4 models, including the upcoming i4 battery electric vehicle and the M4 sports coupe. Just see for yourself – the photo above shows a high-performance M4, looking long before its official debut.
Posted to Reddit, the image reveals that, like the mugs on the 430i and M440i coupes, the face of the M4 stands out because of its large nostrils. (Or serrations, if you prefer.)
While far from being pretty, the M4 arguably pulls off design details better than its lower Series 4 relative.
Give credit to the car’s widened front fenders, horizontal grille blades, and a special M bottom fascia which includes a small front splitter and complementary vertical input blade.
2021 BMW M4 Specs
We haven’t officially seen the BMW M4 coupe 2022 (or its M3 sedan sibling) yet, although a sample photo found recently leaked and we’ve seen the newest 4 Series coupe on which the M4 is based.
As you can see from the images here, BMW still hasn’t shown the world what the new M4 looks like – but it proudly shows off the high-performance Series 4 variant in camouflage attacking the Sachsenring racetrack, as well as reminding everyone that the two-door turnt is once again. will offer a manual transmission in a new video.
Warning: There are unwarranted manual transmission 2022 M4 throttle multiples, downshift, and general stick-shifty goodness to the clip.
Along with the drop video for the new M4, BMW wants to remind everyone that this coupe will come in two performance variants: the basic 473-hp and the 503-hp Competition.
The automaker implies that the manual transmission will only be available on non-Competition models, which will exclusively use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike the previous M4, which was rear-wheel drive, the new model will offer xDrive all-wheel-drive sometime after the car is launched.
BMW has also revealed that there will be a higher-performance M4 GT3 racecar that will effectively complement the M4 range by 2022.
Not much else to say. Are we pleased that the new BMW M4 continues to offer manual, the type of transmission that quickly fades away from the fast-performing cars? Right.
Are we excited to try the new M4, its six-speed manual option? It’s double.
Watching the M4 take on the Sachsenring, Germany’s DTM track is great fun (and you can see it undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in the second video above).
Waiting for an immediate experience in a similar place is not so. The BMW M4 2022 will debut in September 2020, so we won’t have to wait long, but it’s still waiting.
2021 BMW M4 Spy Shot
BMW has just launched a new generation of its 4 Series, and soon – to be precise in September – a high-performance M4 variant will arrive.
We now have new spy shots and videos of the new M4 that we will likely see for sale next year most likely as the 2022 model.
Our latest spy footage confirms that the large vertical kidney grille from the regular Series 4 will be transferred to the M4.
Here, the grille is also flanked by additional intakes to keep things cool under the hood.
We also see BMW M signature markings such as a four-rear exhaust system, aerodynamic side mirrors, and a high-performance brake package. The standard 19-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
At launch, BMW will offer the M4 and M4 Competitions. The M4 will come exclusively with a 6-speed manual while the M4 Competition will come exclusively with an 8 speed automatic.
Rear-wheel drive will be standard on both but all-wheel drive will be available in the M4 Competition at a later date.
Power will come from the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 that made its debut on the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M. The engines will produce 473 horsepower in the base M3 and M4 and 503 hp in the Competition class.
The Competition Model will also have up to 479 pound-feet of torque. The same engine will power the new M4 GT3 customer race car BMW is preparing for the 2022 motorsport season.
The same engine will also be featured in the new M3 sedan set to be launched alongside the new M4. The M3 will also feature a large grille to help differentiate it from the rest of the series 3.
Furthermore, BMW will add an M4 Convertible to the lineup, and possibly a new M4 Gran Coupe.
And although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, we’ll see a repeat of the M4 CS, and it’s likely the new M4 CSL sits in the same space as the previous M4 GTS. These two hardcore models will likely only come in coupe format.
2021 BMW M4 GT3
BMW Motorsport won’t replace the M6 GT3 until the 2022 racing season, but the all-new M4 GT3 is already out on the roads to accumulate development miles.
Initially mocked at the end of 2019, the track-specific M4 Coupe is being developed alongside the road car and will share the chassis and the S58 six-cylinder engine producing over 500 horsepower.
With BMW driver Augusto Farfus behind the wheel, the first proper tests with the M4 GT3 are taking place this week at the company’s testing center in southern France ahead of further testing at competitive levels in 2022.
With its large wings and wide fenders, the race car looks very threatening when viewed from behind.
Squint your eyes and you’ll observe a roll cage in the one-seater cabin, stripped down to the essentials for weight loss.
Previous teasers showed the race car will share the XXL kidney grille of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, both of which will go official in September.
New products in the Bavarian racing car portfolio will join the BMW Motorsport lineup along with the M2 CS Racing, M240i Racing, M4 GT4, and M8 GTE.
Development of the new M4 GT3 began in 2019 with a CFD computer simulation before BMW Motorsport tested the engine in February this year.
The first test chassis was completed at the start of the year and initial tests using a 60 percent scale model of the race car were completed recently.
The BMW M4 GT3 is inching closer to the competition as the company has announced track tests will begin next week in the south of France.
Before this, the first car was launched on Saturday and underwent several “critical functional tests”. It also took to the streets with Augusto Farfus at the wheel.
Last year’s review, the M4 GT3 will replace the M6 GT3 and be developed in parallel with the roadway M4.
The production model will be unveiled in September, while the race car will enter several races this year for testing purposes. Then it will be ready for the 2022 racing season.
BMW remains tight-lipped about the car, but notes development began early last year with computer simulations. In February, a 493+ hp (368+ / 500+ PS) engine was being tested in Munich.
While the company isn’t ready to talk about specifics yet, we can see that the race car has LED taillights identical to those used in the upcoming 4-Series Coupe and M4. Previous teasers also revealed this model will have a large grille like a road-going coupe.
However, that’s where the similarities end as the racers have ventilated rear windows, large wings, and a very large diffuser. We can also see the protruding fenders, carbon fiber steering wheel, and carbon fiber racing seats embroidered with “M4 GT3”.
In a statement, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch said, “With every BMW M4, we bring motor racing technology to the streets. That’s especially true of the new BMW M4 Coupe, which forms the perfect base for a race car. ”
He went on to say that both the road and race car models will have a high-speed six-round straight engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. Flasch promises it will provide “performance and ride enjoyment”, both on and off the track.
Talking about the street model, it will have a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine that has an output of 473 hp (353 kW / 480 hp) and 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS).
The base model will be offered with a six-speed manual, while the Competition variant will have an eight-speed automatic. The car will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive options will soon follow.
2021 BMW M4 Engine
Behind the gaping M4 maw, look for the 3.0-liter inline-six twin-turbocharged engine from the BMW X3 M and X4 M models to lurk between the front wheels.
As in its kin crossover, this engine will produce 473 horsepower in the standard M4 and 503 ponies in the M4 Competition specification which is even hotter.
While the four-cylinder 430i and six-cylinder M440i rely heavily on an eight-speed automatic to propel power to the drive wheels (for now), the M4 will retain the manual transmission option for the rear-wheel-drive model.
Nonetheless, the fastest M4 will use the available automatic gearbox – possibly an eight-speed unit – and BMW’s all-wheel xDrive drive system.
Undoubtedly, the dynamic competence of the new M4 should overcome its design flaws. Well, at least we hope so.
2021 BMW M4 Price and Release Date
BMW hasn’t said how much the new M4 will cost or whether it will continue selling the Competition version as a standalone trim or package.
Even so, we expect the 2022 M4 to come in coupe style and convertible body. Likewise, there will be an increase in the available power and the possibility of a manual transmission.
- M4 coupe: $ 71,000 (est.)
- M4 convertible: $ 79,000 (est.)