Contrary to what may have been initially thought, ever since BMW separated its sedans from its coupés by creating even-numbered monikers for the latter, life has actually become simpler. We can now refer to a 420i and a 320i, knowing that the former is the sultry two-door version of the latter. The same applies to the M4 Coupé, which is technically identical to its four-door M3 sedan sibling.
By that we mean they have pretty much the same looks in terms of exterior body panels like the front bumper, LED headlights, side air vents, special M gills, M side mirrors and the rear lower bumper with its signature four chromed round tailpipes. Only a few items differ, like the larger front doors, rear lights and boot for the coupé.
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Inside, the same story applies, to such an extent that interior space is almost identical, so the carefree man who chooses two doors over four doesn’t lose out on precious legroom, although the Coupé’s rear seats are limited to just two. The M4 essentially represents the top-of-the-range 3 Series and is specified as such, from dual-zone climate control and an M-specific multispoke steering wheel, to the special stubby M gear lever and a new iDrive infotainment system with ConnectedDrive online services and many others.
But of course it wouldn’t be an M4 without an outstanding powerplant. Gifted with a twin turbo 3,0-litre motor wielding a substantial 317kW and a creamy 550Nm of torque, our test car – equipped with the super speedy 7-speed M-DCT automatic gearbox – dispatched with the mandatory 0-100km/h sprint in a mere 4,2 seconds, making it the quickest standard M car in the country. At the same time we recorded an average fuel consumption figure of 11 litres per 100km, which is great for such a thoroughbred sports car. Driving the M4 one is always acutely aware of its capabilities, including the fact that it is so much fun to handle and the exhaust pipes give off a subtle, low but beefy mumble.
The BMW M4 Coupé is the quintessential everyday sports car: stunning to look at, two doors, a sublime engine with enough horsepower to run its own Durban July, four seats, adequate boot space and acceptable fuel consumption. And at an asking price of R1,1 million one might even be tempted to call it a steal.