The 2015 M3 & M4 by BMW
Published February 10, 2014
Ah yes it is time that we get a helping of motorsport mayhem from our brotherly Bavarian bolt turners. It seems that with emissions standards and the general need to give less money to oil companies, BMW has started hack sawing cylinders off various M badges having vehicles and replacing the space with some twin-scroll turbochargers. With the common goal to raise efficiency, performance whilst lowering emissions has left BMW making some impressive improvements but still people bitch.
BMW have a bunch of cry babies anytime it makes changes. Like Porsche there are people that call themselves purists (Arians) that believe their leader will produce only what is deemed the optimal species of vehicles whilst weeding out the rest using genocidal methods. Well so BMW caught flack for placing the V10 in the M5/M6 and the V8 in the M3. What’s interesting is that the M3s quickly departed showrooms once the word about the return of the 6-cylinder came to light. Now BMW is catching flak from people as they are angry the M vehicles are losing two cylinders and that the M3 is now the M4!!! How dare they replace the 3 with a 4! Yes, people are actually upset because of a fucking number change and these are probably the same douche bags that drive like shit and give the good BMW owners a bad image.
Well it seems that BMW has shut up most of the sane ones by showing a few stats. 25% efficiency gain over the V8 is first off which should get you 25-26 mpg on the highway. Sure you can do that if you replace it with a four banger but they didn’t. They cut out 173lbs of chubby girlfriend weight from the previous model and thanks to the turbocharged 6-cylinder there is now even more torque than that of the previous V8. So you have a vehicle that should produce better overall lap times thanks to some tweaks, some Jimmy Craig weight loss and performance gains and with a massive boost in efficiency you will even be giving less to the government in environmental taxes.
The lineage of M3 and now M4 has always held a special place in my motor revving heart although most of the drivers have not. But with superior engineering we can have our drift cake and eat it too. As we saw on Top Gear the new V8 M5 smoked the prior generation 500hp V10 M5 in a drag race and the new M3 and M4 should be able to do the same as BMW stated a 3.9 sec 0-60 which means that you can rest easy knowing that your M3&M4 are still world class and a hell of a lot of fun to drive.
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