Following their debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the new BMW M3 and M4 are now getting ready to hit the showrooms across America over the next few months. The cars just received their price tags, and they read $62,000 for the M3 sedan and $64,200 for the M4 Coupe.
There is also a $925 destination and handling charge you have to pay separately. These new M cars are not cheap, but you do get a lot for your money, starting with a 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo Inline six-cylinder engine developing 430 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.
Save the body style, 2014 BMW M3 and M4 are virtually identical underneath, both available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or BMW’s 7-speed M DCT transmission. The manual version is more fun, but the DCT is faster, as it takes only 4.1 seconds to complete the 0 to 60 mph run (manual 4.3 seconds). But the manual is slightly more fuel efficient. Not that it matters in a high-performance car.
Both cars also feature the same state of the art BMW M chassis and suspension technologies, sophisticated differential and steering systems, aerodynamic body kit, 18-inch M wheels (19-inch available), and sport interior with M seats, M steering wheel, and carbon fiber trimming.
Notable options include BMW M Laptimer app, which allows owners to analyse their personal driving style, and carbon-ceramic brakes with gold calipers.