Thunderous acceleration; hugely capable handling; well-trimmed interior with cutting-edge technology; available retractable hardtop
Unyielding ride; fake engine noises piped through the speakers
The 2015 M4 is an all-new 2-door version of the iconic M3
To minimize impact harshness, consider foregoing the M4's optional 19-in wheels in favor of the standard 18-in wheels with their more compliant tires. Otherwise, have a blast, because not many cars are as riveting to drive as this BMW.
The 2015 M4 comes in a single well-equipped trim level as either a coupe or a retractable-hardtop convertible.
Standard features on the M4 coupe ($65,150) include an aero body kit with flared fenders and a powerdome hood, adjustable drive settings, a sport-tuned suspension (with upgraded components relative to regular 4 Series models), M-spec performance brakes, a torque-vectoring rear differential, 18-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with performance tires, automatic wipers, auto-leveling adaptive xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, a sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes, 10-way power-heated front sport seats with adjustable side bolsters (and a backlit M logo on the seat back), driver memory settings, cloth and leather upholstery, carbon fiber interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, smartphone app integration, a 9-speaker audio system with HD radio, and the iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-in widescreen display, a navigation system, voice controls, hard-drive music storage and a USB interface.
The M4 convertible ($73,450) adds a retractable hardtop with a rear-window defroster and extended leather upholstery with sun-reflective technology that helps keep the surfaces cool on hot days.
Both coupe and convertible are eligible for a few options packages. The Lighting package adds adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams. The Executive package throws in retractable headlight washers, keyless entry/start, a head-up display, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, a neck-warming vent system (convertible only), a rearview camera and parking sensors. The Driver Assistance Plus package tacks on side- and top-view cameras, active blind spot detection, lane departure warning and a forward-collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
Standalone options include (very expensive) carbon ceramic brake rotors, adaptive suspension dampers with adjustable settings, 19-in wheels, a self-parking system and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. Coupes are additionally eligible for a sunroof and a power rear sunshade.
The convertible's trunk checks in at a generous 13 cu ft with the top up, dropping to 7.8 cubes with it stowed. The coupe offers 11 cubes.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Audi RS 5 -- The understated RS 5 has an awesome naturally aspirated V8, just like the previous M3 coupe and convertible did, though it only comes with an automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Corvette -- If you don't need the M4's back seat, the C7 Corvette will give the BMW all it can handle, from performance and style to interior appointments and overall value.
Ford Mustang GT -- The Mustang GT makes 10 more hp than the M4 (435 hp vs. 425), and its fresh styling inside and out give it a legitimately premium vibe.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG -- The C63 coupe is about to be replaced, but try one if you can find it, because its hand-built 6.2-liter V8 is a work of art.
Used BMW M3 -- Thanks to depreciation and BMW's robust certified pre-owned program, you can get a V8-powered previous-generation M3 coupe or convertible with a factory warranty for a fraction of the M4's price.