The new BMW M4, as we have reported earlier, has been chosen as the official safety car for the 2014 MotoGP championship. Now as the car makes its official track debut at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, the first video of it emerges, giving us a taste of what the M4 sounds like.
As you can clearly hear, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car has a mighty roar. Mind you, it is fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust system, which the standard car does not get as standard. The Safety Car also features a full host of M Performance Kits, including front and rear aprons, side skirts, and special wheels – all blacked-out – which is optional extra for the normal models.
In terms of engine and powertrain, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car is the same as the standard model, boasting a 430 horsepower turbocharged straight-six – a return to form for the M3/M4 – and a M-DCT transmission. You can order the road-going model with a manual gearbox if you want, but be advised that one is slower and less efficient.
“BMW M is proud to be part of the MotoGP success story for the 16th season running. We are delighted that the BMW M4 Coupé experienced its baptism of fire as a safety car out on the racetrack,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing BMW M GmbH.
“Four generations of the BMW M3 have combined motorsport genes and unlimited suitability for daily use into one highly emotional overall concept. The BMW M4 Coupé is a natural progression of these fundamental ideas. We are certain that this model will set new standards with regard to the overall concept, precision and agility,” he added.