A look at how M cars have gotten ever wider, complete with dimensional comparisons and fancy graphs.
We’ve just had a chance at the 2014 NYIAS to sit down and discuss the all-new M3/M4 with the M3/M4 project manager, Michael Wimbeck (pictured) and M3/M4 product manager for BMW NA, Victor LeLeu.
Thanks to these two gentlemen, here are some hopefully enlightening answers.
Are there official EPA MPG figures for U.S. M3 and M4 yet?
No, not yet.
Will M3/M4 be subject to gas guzzler tax?
We’ll wait for the official EPA numbers to provide an answer. We do expect a substantial increase in fuel efficiency – on the order of 20-25% [compared to E9x M3]. Hopefully sometime in May we should have those numbers.
What does the US curb weight for the M3/M4 include?
The way the US curb weight is measured includes full … CONTINUED
While we are all familiar with the upcoming M3, we haven’t really gotten too many looks at the F80 in colors aside from Yas Marina Blue and Austin Yellow.
BMWUSA has given us the treat of the car in the sure to be popular Silverstone II. The 2014 New York Autoshow lighting makes it look downright sinister.
This new exhibit is on display in the lobby of the BMW Museum – featuring an e30 M3 race car and two actual F8x test mules. The M4 is in Austin Yellow and the M3 in black. Both cars were driven by engineers and BMW’s factory DTM drivers on the Nürburgring / Nordschliefe. The M4′s dashboard was signed by the DTM drivers; a nice touch for these special cars. Hopefully these “test mules” will avoid the crusher.
The M car display can be seen in the Museum’s lobby until July 27th, 2014.
We’ve also posted a capture of the development/testing feature video being played at the display.
BMW M3 and BMW M4 Inside (part 2): The new brake systems. Interview with M engineer Klaus Dullinger.
The BMW M3 and BMW M4 both feature a new type of brake system. Let us begin with the M compound brakes – what is special about them and in what ways do they differ from the M compound brakes installed in the previous model?
Klaus Dullinger: M compound brakes have a grey-cast friction ring in a floating arrangement that is connected by pins to the aluminium brake cover. The pin assembly means that as the temperature increases, it is able to expand freely in a radial direction and subsequently cool down again without any residual deformation. This connecting system has been in used since the second generation … CONTINUED
We’ll have a chance to sit down with the M3/M4 Project Manager at the 2014 New York Auto Show next week, so if you still have any questions on the M3/M4, please let us know here and we’ll try to get answers.
Check out this one of a kind BMW Individual Mint Green E92 M3!
Finally, some more looks at the F80 M3 in Mineral White. This particular car is equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes and a sunroof (no carbon fiber roof).