BMW reveals trio of new M vehicles
It’s not even November yet and BMW has already announced that three new M vehicles will be joining their lineup in the near future. The additions represent different takes on existing models, like the M4 GTS, as well as a fresh creation in the M2. This should be exciting news for everyone from compact sports car enthusiasts to those who like a little more punch with their crossovers.
BMW M4 GTS
The M4, which replaced the two-door M3 a couple of years back, has proven itself as a quick and no-nonsense high performance luxury coupe. The three extra letters gives the vehicle an extra kick in the pants through the introduction of a power-increasing water injection system. Horsepower grows by 16 per cent over the regular M4 to 493, and torque by 10 per cent to 442 lb-ft. Other modifications include three-way adjustable suspension, weight reduction and unique body aero. Available spring 2016 in limited numbers.
BMW X4 M40i
The X4 Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), gets an M-powered makeover that is more than just skin-deep. This SAC features BMW’s brand new 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. The outside gets exclusive Ferric Grey metallic accenting with optional matching 20-inch alloy wheels, and quad exhaust pipes finished in Black Chrome. Inside, there are unique door sills and a leather steering wheel with paddle shifters to control the STEPTRONIC eight-speed automatic transmission. Available February 2016.
Not to be confused with the M235i, the BMW M2 is the beefier heir of the old 1 M Coupe. Rear-wheel-driven by another version of the 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo powerplant, the M2 boasts significantly improved stats compared to its predecessor: 365 hp, up to 369 lb-ft of torque, and a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds. That last number is ever-so-slightly slower, 4.5 seconds, if the driver is using the standard 6-speed manual rather than the seven-speed double clutch transmission. Plan on taking the M2 to the track? An M Dynamic Mode modulates engine power, braking and traction to allow controlled drifts around corners. Available spring 2016.