The 2014 BMW M3 (F80) and M4 (F82) are now officially on sale in Malaysia.
Like all new BMWs, the new M3 and M4 have gone the turbocharged route, drawing power from a turbocharged in-line six instead of the sweet-revving V8 of the E90/E92 days which has since become part of the brand’s history.
Despite drawing lots of flak from Bimmer diehards, the souped-up 3.0-litre N55 engine powering both brutish Bavarians dishes out 431hp and 550Nm of torque – 17hp and 150Nm more than the old V8.
On top of the boost in power, the new M-cars have trimmer physiques to boast of too. The F80 M3 is about 80kg lighter than its E90 counterpart while the F82 M4 – which is essentially a two-door M3 – is also lighter by the same margin compared to the E92 M3 Coupe.
These improvements result in a quicker-accelerating car overall. The M3 and M4 are claimed to be able to do 0-100kph in just 4.1 seconds – half a second quicker than their predecessors. Top speed is, as usual, limited to 250kph although bumping it up to 280kph is possible with the optional M Driver’s package.
Straight line performance does not tell the full story of a rear-wheel track animal like the M3/M4 and we can’t wait to get our hands on it for a test drive to assess the differences with the new car’s overall driveability, especially around the bends.
If you can’t wait for our local review on Malaysian roads, grab a copy of the July issue of TGM in which our UK colleagues give you the lowdown on the new M3 and M4.
Alternatively, you can also head to your nearest BMW dealership to book an M3 or M4 for yourself. All you need to fork out is RM738,800 for the M3 and RM748,800 for the M4.