Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago tests and reviews the 2018 BMW M4 equipped with the Contest box and a six-speed manual transmission. The actual generation of the M4, which is the coupe variant of the M3, has been around since 2015. Though the M4's been a powerful performer, similarly priced and even less expensive performance cars have steadily closed the gap. As a response, BMW introduced the M Contest box to sharpen the M4's reflexes by adding more power and more aggressive handling. Is it enough? That's what we search out in this review.
Q: How much does the 2018 BMW M4 cost?
A: Our 2018 BMW M4 play car runs at $68,695. The M Contest box, which increases horsepower and sharpens the handling, asks $4,750, while the racetrack-focused M carbon-ceramic brakes cost $8,150. Adding optional Apple CarPlay help, wireless charging, a head-up-display, and yellow paint job brings the total to $84,045.
Q: What type of engine and transmission does the 2018 BMW M4 have?
A: The BMW M4 has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The standard ver makes 425 hitpoint and 406 pound-feet of torque, but the Contest box increases output to 444 hitpoint. A six-speed manual is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.
Q: How speedy is the 2018 BMW M4?
A: During playing, the 2018 BMW M4 reached 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (4.0 seconds with a 1-foot rollout, as on a drag strip) and clocked a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds at 113.0 mph. M4s equipped with the automatic transmission are faster in a straight line.
Q: What are the 2018 BMW M4's main competitors?
A: The closest in terms of price and intent has to be the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The AMG's twin-turbo V8 offers more power, but it's not available with a manual transmission. Also consider the 2018 Audi RS 5, whose all-wheel drive gives a slight edge in 0-60 mph acceleration even if it comes up a tiny short in handling.
Read our review here: www.edmunds.com/bmw/m4/2018/review/
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This guy can't review cars, Corvette, Mustang comparison really?
why would you go for aluminum instead of carbon fibre, and this is not a contest box
I prefer Giulia qv 😘👌🏻
all the things he knocked this car for. he was raving over in the gt350r....
a mustang 350r is cheaper and faster than the much more expensive m4 gts....
Luckely for europe they have the faster DCT because of the traffic. Because I'm sick off stick shift after 24 years of driving. Beeing stuck in traffic for 2 hours each day getting to work. Give me the DCT.
The M4 convertible is 4,000 pounds. I have one.
This guy is wrong on a lot of things he claimed. Moron
I'm ready for the next gen.
This car does not weigh 4000. What a hateful negative review towards a brilliant BMW. There's nothing better for the dollars. The m4 is better. It follows the Carrera GTs in greatness
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