BMW M4 Coupe Entered Production Today

The BMW M Facebook account posted a rather interesting picture today, just a couple of hours ago. According to the description, the car we’re looking at here is the first ever BMW M4 Coupe built for a customer.
BMW F82 M4 Entering Production 1 photo
Photo: BMW M
The people getting out of the car are none other than DTM race driver, Martin Tomczyk (on the right) and Hermann Bohrer, the Managing Director of the BMW Plant in Munich.

Not only this marks the beginning of the production run of a new BMW model, the M4 Coupe, it’s also a reason for celebration as the M cars are returning to where the whole M3 Coupe madness began, in Munich, after 23 years. That’s where the first ever BMW M3 Coupe was built.

However, since back then things changed a little. The myth the E30 started back in the day is long gone and instead of having a Coupe M3 today we’re drooling over a completely new car, the M4, a car that is supposed to bring BMW back on track after receiving a lot of flack for its cars being to heavy.

In order to address this problem, the engineers decided to use as much carbon fibre as possible and keep the weight to a minimum. Therefore the M4 is now the first car to be lighter than its predecessor in the BMW range.

Actually, the new F82 model has roughly the same weight as the E46 M3 version, rated just below 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs), an outstanding performance, considering the plethora of technology that it has on-board and the drastic power it delivers to the rear wheels.

Using the company’s trademark TwinPower Turbocharging technology, the S55 3-liter biturbo engine under the bonnet is making 431 HP and 550 Nm of torque, more than the 4-liter V8 of its predecessor while also being lighter.

The standard gearbox is still a 6-speed manual, completely new, whilst an automatic 7-speed DCT unit will also be available for those looking for the fastest gun out there. Performances speak for themselves with a 4.1 dash to 62 mph (when fitted with the automatic).

CFRP was used throughout the car, in place never before thought possible such as the driveshaft. The roof and boot lid are also made of the precious material.

Prices will start $65,125 including handling and shipping and sales will begin this summer. Let’s all hope that the new M4 will rise to the expectations.

Via: BMW M Facebook
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