BMW’s M4 Coupe and Convertible enter 2024 with a power hike, a catalog of additional custom parts, but a reduced range.
Rear-wheel drive has been dropped, leaving only the all-wheel-drive xDrive Competition version on offer. The good news is that BMW is being more generous with the power, increasing the output of the three-litre, twin-turbo straight-six to 523 bp from 2023’s 503 horses.
Despite the increase in oomph BMW is quoting the same acceleration figures as before, which means it will take 3.5 seconds for you to reach 62 mph from rest in the xDrive coupe, or 3.7 seconds in the heavier convertible. BMW restricts top speed to 155 mph, but an optional M Driver’s Package can extend that to 180 mph.
There’s a subtle facelift too, with revisions to the LED headlights to include laser technology. The rear lights are modelled on those of the limited run M4 CS and there are new graphics packs available for the hood and trunk lid, along with restyled alloy wheels. Those wishing to customize their cars even further can choose the M Carbon package which features inserts for the front air intakes and rear diffuser, plus mirror caps and a rear spoiler. Choose the M Race Track package and you’ll get carbon ceramic brakes, carbon bucket seats and high gloss carbon trim, saving 25 kg in weight. Beyond that there is a range of exterior carbon components, forged alloy wheels and interior trim parts to select from as well.
Meanwhile, the cabin has had a minor do-over with a reduction in the number of physical buttons (just as other brands say they’ll be bringing them back), a redesigned instrument panel and an upgrade to the car’s operating system. There’s also revised ambient lighting which can be tailored to the driver’s taste.
Production begins in March and prices start at £84,250 which is, remarkably, almost £2,500 less than the outgoing model.