Following the introduction of the facelifted M3, BMW Australia has announced pricing and some new additions to the range for the 2017 M4 ahead of their availability in showrooms starting in June.
The revised M4 range comes off the heels of the Life Cycle Impulse (read: facelift) of the both the 3 Series and 4 Series, and for this model year will be offered from $139,900 for the new M4 Pure, a more driver focused variant that retains the full Competition Pack elements sans the 20-inch light alloy wheels.
Across the range, the M4 receives a new LED headlight cluster and a slightly altered front bumper and adjoining intakes. Meanwhile, the new L-shaped LED tail lamps offer yet more, albeit slight, differentiation from the original F82 M4.
Inside, the cabin has been through some changes, though they’re also rather subtle. M4 and M4 Competition variants receive double stitching accents along the instrument panel whereas the electroplated and chrome material inlays add a little more flash.
Additionally, all M4’s - even the Pure - come with the Navigation System Professional in tandem with the latest iDrive6 infotainment and vehicle management interface, displayed through an 8.8-inch central display.
Under the bonnet, changes to the S55 turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine lift power to 331kW, a 14kW improvement, while torque stays level at 550Nm, though these are reserved for those with the Competition Pack (M4 Pure, M4 Competition), meaning the mid-level ‘vanilla’ M4’s engine produces 317kW.
These improvements take an already accelerative car down to a century sprint time of 4.0 seconds for the coupe with when paired with the 7-speed M DCT dual-clutch automatic; a six-speed manual is still available as a no-cost option.
To recap, the new 2017 M4 sports some subtle changes to the exterior and interior and sports an upgraded infotainment system. The M4 Pure is the least expensive variant but is more powerful and sharper to drive than the non-Pure M4 thanks to the included Competition Pack.
The ‘standard’ M4, meanwhile, comes with a longer feature list to justify the price increase, and is thus the priced in the middle. The M4 Competition, though, is both more powerful as well as being better equipped and, with it’s namesake Competition Pack, is a better drive.
- BM4 M4 Pure Coupe - $139,900
- BMW M4 Coupe - $149,900
- BMW M4 Competition Coupe - $154,900
- BMW M4 Convertible - $161,900
- BMW M4 Competition Convertible - $165,900