BMW M3 and M4: which is best?
M Division has been in the laboratory cooking up turbos. Ollie Marriage investigates…
Posted: 07 Jul 2014
In fact, there’s so much grunt on the exit of Portimão’s slow corners that second hits too hard, so you short-shift to third to smooth out the torque onslaught. Same goes for the top end of third. The M4’s ability to pile on speed and remain composed while loaded up with g-force is impressive. It’s only over the most abrupt crests that you get some squirm from the back axle.
The M4 really holds together on the track. The chassis is wonderfully predictable – there’s very little understeer, you can totally lean on the grip and if the torque surge does catch you out and the rear end starts to swing, everything is clearly telegraphed. The balance is fantastic and that clever electronic differential really knows its business. Tone down the traction control (MDM mode permits some lairiness), and you can string together clean, fast laps or exit each corner with some opposite lock. Makes you feel like a legend.