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2021 BMW M4 Coupe Review - Prices, Release Date, Performance, Interiors, And Rivals Comparison

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B. Sreenath

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October 24, 2020 at 10:10 AM

The new BMW M4 is the 2nd-generation model which is based on a completely redesigned platform shared with the new 3-series and the 4-series. The 2021 M4 is better than the outgoing model in every single numerical category i.e. more power upto 503 hp, more torque, a longer wheelbase, and for the first time ever, available all-wheel drive. With the market launch scheduled for summer 2021, it is priced from an MSRP of $71,800 for the M4 Coupe and $74,700 for the M4 Competition Coupe.

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The brand-new 2021 BMW M4 has so much more than a radical front-end styling - more powerful, quicker, wider, heavier, faster, and equipped with more tech than the 2020 model. The headlining new kidney grille design as the regular 4 series is controversial, but the 2-door version of M3 will deliver uncompromised street and track capabilities. BMW continues to offer RWD and manual transmission with the new-gen M4 coupe while the 503 hp M4 Competition model comes standard with automatic transmission. Summer 2021 will also see the addition of M xDrive (BMW's rear-biased all-wheel-drive system) for the Competition models.


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The M4's new 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo straight-six engine which debuted in the X3 and X4M, allows the Competition models to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The car also features a torque-converter system that gets a similar launch control system as the BMW M8. Other than the new exterior design and a powerful engine, M4's seats are equally enticing. 

The new optional M Carbon bucket seats, which are 21 pounds lighter than the standard seats but it's the color combo that attracts us. Absolutely wild Yas Marina Blue, Yellow and Black combo on the inside makes use of leather, Alcantara, and interesting attention to details. Other than seats and colors, the new M4's interior changes are fairly tame. The 2021 BMW M4 will be available in March 2021, after its global market launch.

2021 BMW M4

Model Specs
MSRP Range (RWD) $71,800 - $74,700
Price Range (AWD) N/A

Release Date

March 2021

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Inline-6

Transmission

6-speed manual / 8-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

RWD/ AWD

Trims

2 trims - M4 / M4 Competition 

Colors

Two non-metallic colors, seven metallic colors, and two frozen matt colors. (New colors - Sao Paolo Yellow / Brooklyn Grey Metallic / Isle of Man Green Metallic / Individual Frozen Brilliant White Metallic / Individual Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic)

Changes

All-new 2nd generation M4 model

BMW has refreshed M4, which means more standard features and technology grace the sports coupe. A new M Drive Professional suite of onboard performance analyzers, including M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer are standard.  The BMW M4 could get a Gran coupe and convertible variants soon.

What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe?

The new 2021 BMW M4 prices start at $71,800 for the base Coupe model and $74,700 for the Competition model. All prices exclude $995 destination and handling fees. Unlike the first-gen model which is available in coupe, convertible, and gran coupe body-style, at the time of writing, BMW has only revealed the M4 Coupe and M4 Competition Coupe models for 2021.

The 2021 M4 Competition is the most hardcore model with 503 horses on tap and features a full catalog of BMW's M Performance parts including adaptive dampers, electrically-controlled lightweight titanium exhaust. The M4 though is the fastest coupe amongst the competition but the 2021 M4 has yet to touch the track tarmacs and set new unbreakable records. It goes against the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and the upcoming 2021 Audi RS5.

Trim

M4 Coupe

M4 Competition Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$71,800

$74,700
MSRP (AWD)

-

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Key Features

Track-ready cooling system

19-inch / 20-inch Bi-color Jet Black alloy wheels

 

Optimized aerodynamics including Air Curtains in the front apron

8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission

 

M-developed electric power steering with Servotronic

M Seat belts

 

Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled damper

Extended Shadowline exterior trim

 

Double-joint spring strut front axle

 

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The 2021 BMW M4 coupe gives its buyers three different packages to choose from. First up is the executive, then there is the M drive and at last but certainly not the least is the Competition packages. The M Driver’s Package which increases the top speed of the M4 to 180 MPH. One can go with any of the packages according to their choice preference. The car's performance will be scaled for both roads and tracks. At just $2,500 extra pay, the coupe spares 20-inch M star spoked wheels and the interior gets refined with Black Full Merino leather trim.


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What's the Engine and Performance of the new 2021 BMW M4?

Under the hood of 2021, BMW M4 is a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six S58 engine that makes 473 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. In the M4 Competition model, it makes 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. This updated coupe comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox while a new torque converter 8-speed automatic transmission is available. The new M4 powertrain promises to escalate the experience by substantially reducing shift times in a bid to take the performance graph to a new level. 

The BMW's legendary S58 3.0L, inline-6, Twin-Turbo motor powers the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe

However, you can't get Competition models with a manual as they come with this automatic gearbox as standard. Mercedes claims that the new S58 powerplant allows the M4 Coupe to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph or 180 mph when the M Driver’s Package is selected. The 2021 BMW M4 Competition model has a 3.8 seconds 0 to 60 mph time

Model

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

MSRP

$71,800

$74,950

$89,000 (est.)

$52,915

Engine

3.0-liter Twin Turbo Inline-6 gas

3.0-liter inline-6 hybrid

2.9-liter Twin Turbo 6-cylinder

5.0-liter V8

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Rear Wheel Drive

Transmission

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic Tiptronic

6-speed manual

Power

473 hp @ 6,250 RPM

429-hp @6100 RPM

451-hp @5700 RPM

480-hp @7000 RPM

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 2,650 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

443 lb-ft @1900 RPM

420 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM

The M4's legendary 3.0L inline 6 motors have created a separate fanbase for itself. That said, it might lose out on the power figures all the way when pitted against the existing rivals such as the Mercedes E 53 Coupe or the Audi RS5, but the folks at Bimmer sure know how to minimize major power losses, depicting a heart-throbbing performance over the rivals.

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How quick is the 2021 BMW M4 in 0-60 mph and Quarter-mile runs?

The 2021 BMW M4 Coupe does the 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile comes up in 12 seconds. This is for the RWD model and the AWD will perform even better but as it will take its own sweet time to launch, we expect it to crack the 3.5-second mark for the 0-60 mph run and hover between 11.5 - 12.0 seconds for the quarter-mile run.

The top speed is capped at 180 mph which is a curious case with certain German manufacturers and is applicable for both the standard M4 and Competiton. But the M4 Competiton with its more aggressive stance does the 0-60 mph run in 3.8 seconds which gives a case to differentiate. A key reason is its higher rev-band of 7,200 rpm.

Model

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

0-60 mph

4.1 secs 3.8 secs N/A 4.2 secs

Quarter Mile

12.0 secs 11.9 secs N/A 12.2 secs

Top Speed

180 mph 155 mph 174 mph 163 mph

Both Mercedes-AMG E53 and BMW M4 go hand in hand with just a whisker's difference when it comes to its quarter-mile run. Audi RS5 when it reaches US shores will be the one to beat as its performance figures are unreal which translates to insane acceleration and top speed runs. But for now, Ford Mustang Mach1 raises eyebrows with its insane value for money factor as it costs over $20,000 less than any of its counterparts yet runs quicker.


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What are the MPG figures for the 2021 BMW M4?

Like the current M4's small fuel tank capacity, the 2021 BMW M4 shares the same fate. If the outgoing versions fuel efficiency is anything to go by, the 2020 M4's fuel efficiency numbers are promising and are expected to surge up a bit. Running 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highways, is a good number for the 2021 BMW M4, along with top-notch performance, standing behind the line. The range is impressive, as per the performance variables.

The hefty 2020 M4 could have used a diet to get lighter. The competition is tough, and it will be interesting to see if the M4 can keep its weight at bay as it is a crucial and most overlooked factor when it comes to MPG figures in a performance car which is tuned to extract every little ounce of performance from its motor hence fuel efficiency can only be improved by refining other aspects of the vehicle.

Model

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

MPG (City)

18

20

18

15

MPG (Highway)

25

26

27

24

MPG (Combined)

20

23

21

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.8

17.4

15.3

16

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

269/ 395/ 332

384/ 452/ 418

275/ 413/ 344

240/ 384/ 312

Well, the BMW M4 isn't the most frugal companion, and looking at this car for your daily usage may not sound very intriguing either. However, its performance remains unmatched and the timid response from the throttle can even give you nightmares. As a result, as far as fuel economy is concerned, the BMW M4 loses out to the Germans straight away, making way for the Audi RS5 and the Mercedes E 53 AMG coupe to lead this sector. The Mustang Bullit, following its American traits, isn't even worth discussing in the fuel economy department.

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What are the changes in the 2021 BMW M4's Interiors?

The cabin layout of the 2021 BMW M4 coupe shows a clear resemblance to BMW 3 series’s sporty cabin and that’s a good source to go by as these two cars will be sharing a lot of hardware. The M4 has more race-inspired equipment and materials such as the M Sport steering wheel gets a sporty and grippy touch, along with switches and buttons. Merino leather and carbon fiber trim come standard fitment as well. Riding over a longer wheelbase, the new M4 coupe offers more rear legroom while the shoulder room also sees an improvement over its predecessor.

The sport bucket seats, air-condition, and temperature control gets a very similar treatment to the latest iteration of the 3-series which is great news since it showcased one of the best interiors for a new car. Though the trunk capacity increases to 12 cu-ft from a mere 7.8 in the predecessor. The sleek lines on any coupe compromise the space and it's a tradeoff that comes with all coupes and their sloping rooflines but fortunately, the huge liftback tailgate opens up plenty of room for cargo and makes loading and unloading big objects a breeze courtesy of the wide loading bay. 

Model

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

40.4/ 55.3/ 42.2

40.7/ 56.1/ N/A

39.0/ 55.3/ 41.3

37.6/ 56.3/ 44.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

37.1/ 49.8/ 33.1

36.4/ 48.3/ N/A

36.1/ 50.7/ 32.7

34.8/ 52.2/ 30.6

Trunk capacity (cu. ft.)

12.0

9.5

11.6

13.5

The Mustang has always been pretty infamous for compromising on interior space to flaunt that big hood in the front. Nevertheless, for the money that this American Muscle asks, BMW and its German counterparts are overshadowed in that regard. However, the E 53 AMG has always been one of the famous luxury sedans in the world, on steroids. Hence, there's no compromise with the passenger volume with the Mercedes. However, the Bimmer and the Audi RS55 offers more space for the rear passengers. 

What's the infotainment system in the 2021 BMW M4?

The 2021 M4 coupe sets a new standard for in-car tech, as it features BMW Live Cockpit Professional and BMW's latest iDrive 7 which is one of the best infotainment software in the business. A centrally-mounted 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen is complemented by a 12.3-inch instrument gauge cluster. Also, the premium packages add a second head-up display. The sound system will be a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound unit.

They also offer myriad control options that will allow the user to control navigation, adjust the setting and jump into the menus, using hand gestures, voice control, and a large rotary controller and button fixed in the center console. Standard WI-FI hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility also join the list.

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Does the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe's Exterior look attractive?

The somewhat controversial grille design has been grabbing all the eyeballs for BMW's latest 2021 M4 in the market. The performance of M4 has been precise and dynamically fun for a long time. Compared to the 2020 M4's Exterior Design, the new flared fenders cover the wider tires and track. M4's front end is comprehensively redesigned, and the black used for the grille inserts is a huge visual improvement. The new BMW M4 gets a heavily sculpted hood, a sleeker design, with smooth curves, and a bigger spoiler in the competition package.

The new and sharper LED headlights and taillights design which will certainly add a modern touch to the new M4. Full LED headlights with fiber-optic daytime running lights are standard, with adaptive Laserlight lamps available as an option. An optional M Carbon exterior package adds carbon-fiber on the front air intakes, rear diffuser, exterior mirror caps, and rear spoiler.

Apart from the mentioned details, other sporty aesthetics that may grace the all-new M4 should also include various quirks like body-colored handles, power remote left side view mirror, metallic paint, and the chrome tip exhaust pipes, setting itself apart from the standard 4 series.

Model

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG E 53 Coupe

2021 Audi RS5 Coupe

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,830

N/A

3,968

3,705

Length (in.)

189.1

190.6

186

188.3

Width (in.)

74.3

73.2

73.4

75.4

Height (in.)

54.8

56.2

53.5

54.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.7

4.7

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

112.5

113.1

108.9

107.1

Dimensionally, the new M4 Coupe is 4.6-inches longer, 0.7-inches wider, 0.4-inches higher, and with a 1.8-inch longer wheelbase than the 2020 M4 model that it replaces. There's no challenging the Mercedes E53 AMG as far as the extravagant dimensions are concerned. Apart from the obese curb weight, the BMW M4 has rectified its compact coupe sitting and now ranks above most rivals for larger dimensions.

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What are the safety features in the 2021 BMW M4?

The Germans manage to think about every minute detail when it comes to their vehicles and the 2021 BMW M4 is no exception to that norm. Safety stays at the top of the priority table. The current BMW M4 scored the highest 5-star safety ratings in the crash-test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so it is safe to say that the new car will be safer than its predecessor.

Based on BMW's Cluster Architecture platform, the increased use of high strength steel and aluminum will not only reduce weight but will also strengthen the base. BMW stiffens the chassis of the next-gen M3/M4 models. 

The M4 Coupe features many driver assistance technologies as standard such as Park Distance Control and Automatic High beam assistant as is Active Protection and the Active Driving Assistant. The optional Driving Assistance Professional Package for the Competition models includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Evasion Aid, and Emergency Stop Assistant.

Read more about the 2021 BMW M4 Safety>>

Should I buy the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe?

Armed with a new, risky grille design, the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe is yet to be accepted by the automotive fraternity for its looks. The coupe has showcased great driving dynamics in the past and it will be interesting to see how BMW has managed to step up the game with this new version. The M series has been a power statement by the Bavarians, the latest M4 will be an enhanced addition to the list.

The M4 is a great buy, with top-notch, race track performance, and with an updated tech-laden cabin a lot is going for it. The powerful new engine will be the first choice, be it for the daily commute, for those endless powerslides, or for taking a few laps on tracks. The M4 will go the extra mile, it's owner wants it to. Thus we can conclude that the 2021 BMW M4 Coupe is the most awaited sport coupe for the year 2021, hurry, online orders are open.


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2021 BMW M4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the 2021 BMW M4 price?

The 2021 BMW M4 Coupe's MSRP starts at $71,800 for the 473 hp RWD model and the M4 Competition costs $74,700 excluding the $995 handling and destination charges.

What is BMW M4 Competition?

The Competition model of the 2021 BMW M4 adds 30 hp more than the base model, taking the total power output to 503 hp. You get a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox with rear-wheel-drive configuration. The AWD will be available till March next year. BMW also enhances the sportiness by adding Extended Shadowline exterior trim while the interior gets lightweight seats and M seat belts.

Are all BMW M4 Manual?

BMW offers a 2021 M4 coupe with a standard 6-speed manual transmission but the Competition model comes only with the 8-speed auto gearbox.

Is the BMW M4 a V8?

No, the BMW M4 has a 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine (S58) in two states of tunes. Neither the 1st gen M4 nor the current 2nd gen model has a V8.

Is the 2021 BMW M4 AWD?

For the 2021 model year, BMW will offer M4 Competition Coupe with the M xDrive (BMW's all-wheel-drive system) which will be launched in March 2021.

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