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      12-11-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Cool Top Gear Reveals F80/F82 UK Pricing, smokey burnout feature & illuminated M seat logo

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Apologies in advance if a re-post; so much information being thrown around right now!

2015 F80 M3: Starting at 56,175
2015 F82 M4: Starting at 56,653

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/b...led-2013-12-11

Also some details on a "smokey burnout" feature? Bit of a lame name, but interestingly beating Ford to the punch with their rumored "burnout" feature. Also an illuminated M logo on backrests.

Gotta say, that is a MUCH better price that I had been hearing rumored.

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BMW has finally, officially, taken the wraps off the hotly anticipated, straight-six-powered, M4 Coupe and M3 saloon. We've been over the difference in nomenclature, but, to remind you: the M3 is the four-door, the M4 the two-door (and upcoming convertible). Simple.

And, though it's lost a pair of cylinders, this is the powerful M3 in history. Both cars pack a 3.0-litre straight six with a pair of mono-scroll blowers, returning 431bhp with a 7,600rpm redline, and a whopping 406lb ft. The old naturally aspirated V8 made 414bhp and 295lb ft. Even more impressive figures are the boring-but-practical digits: consumption and emissions are down by 25 per cent, giving 32.0mpg and 204g/km. We're promised it'll sound good, too: there's a flap in the exhaust pipe that varies the sound you hear depending on the car's mode.

This power is fed through a standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox with an auto throttle-blipping function, though you can spec the seven-speed double clutch (DCT) transmission featuring something BMW officially calls (and we're really, really not making this up)... the Smokey Burnout function. Yes folks, the new M3 and M4 are hooligans.

Both M3 and M4 are, of course, staunchly rear-wheel-drive, and that extra power moves less weight: both are roughly 80kg lighter than their predecessors, with the M4 weighing in at 1500kg, and the M3 saloon just 23kg heavier. Both will do 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds (4.1s with the DCT ‘box) and run on to a limited 155mph.

There's nothing limited about the sideways, though. BMW itself says the M Dynamic Mode "allows greater wheel slip and therefore easy drifting", which is the sort of technical insight of which we very much approve.

There's also some serious aero going on: air curtains on the front bumper and air breathers in the front arches that massage the air around the front of the car, a smooth underbody, a Gurney flap on the M3's bootlid, and a CSL-style CFRP rear-end on the M4 (oh, and speaking of CFRP, both models get a roof made of the stuff, saving up to 6kg). There are carbon ceramic brakes, too.

Inside, you get standard bucket-style M Sport leather seats that look fantastic, an illuminated ‘M' logo on the backrests, a decent-sized boot and a BMW M lap timer.

Prices for the saloon start at 56,175, while the M4 Coupe starts at 56,653 (and, most will be glad to hear, comes in colours other than gold). Sad to see the naturally aspirated V8 go, or will you take more power, less weight and a twin-turbo straight six?
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      12-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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I was just about to post this! Did you guys also see that it says it has an " illuminated ‘M' logo on the backrests"?

Oh.. And did I read 32MPG? That has to be European numbers?
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I was just about to post this! Did you guys also see that it says it has an " illuminated M' logo on the backrests"?
Read that, and made me a little inside...

Win some you lose some I suppose.
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Wondering if the "Smokey burnout function" is akin to what Porsche did on the GT3, where pulling both paddles disengages both clutches...
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That sounds pretty cool. Looking forward to learn more about this.
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Wondering if the "Smokey burnout function" is akin to what Porsche did on the GT3, where pulling both paddles disengages both clutches...
wouldn't it lock the differential? on the GT3 its used to induce oversteer ie drift mode.
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anyone know what the msrp was in 2007 in England for the e92 m3?

I found a link saying 50625 but not sure if this is correct.
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Oh.. And did I read 32MPG? That has to be European numbers?
That's Imperial mpg which converts to 25.15 mpg in our smaller gallons.
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more official information on m3 / m4 by auto car UK

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/ne...nd-m4-revealed
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wouldn't it lock the differential? on the GT3 its used to induce oversteer ie drift mode.
Possibly. I am purely speculating here.

It is just that when the 991 GT3 was introduced, they talked about this feature when pulling both paddles, both clutches would dissengage without changing gears. When the paddles are released, it would dump the clutch in the given gear regardless of RPM. I found this feature pretty neat giving you even more control over the transmission.

Wishful thinking on my part
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That's Imperial mpg which converts to 25.15 mpg in our smaller gallons.
That is still almost double what I get in from the S65!

One of the features that hasent been talked about much that I am excited about is how the engine increases boost to compensate for high altitude. Having an S65 is great and the sound is heaven but the power loss sucks balls here in Denver at a mile high.
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That is still almost double what I get in from the S65!

One of the features that hasent been talked about much that I am excited about is how the engine increases boost to compensate for high altitude. Having an S65 is great and the sound is heaven but the power loss sucks balls here in Denver at a mile high.
Yes, you will get the full power at your altitude at the expense of perhaps a little more lag.
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more official information on m3 / m4 by auto car UK

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/ne...nd-m4-revealed
thanks. best link yet. car sounds great
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I think we need a huge post from Jason, to much info crossing omg lool
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well at least it isn't one of these
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Can someone explain the "smokey burnout feature"?
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That's Imperial mpg which converts to 25.15 mpg in our smaller gallons.
Wow, I never realized they were different. I was so confused why the mags kept saying the 435i was rated at '36mpg highway' when I'm barely cracking 24mpg Thanks!
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Hmmm! Interesting.
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Sooo if M4 Coupe starts at 56,653 can we assume it will be about $57K in US? starting price
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thanks. best link yet. car sounds great
i was hoping to have power around 500hp.
The A45AMG has ~170hp per litre, why cant BMW do the same thing. or put 3 turbos like they did in M diesel.
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Well you get 400lb-ft which is more than what have been announced (369).

Can anyone confirm what was the price in the UK for the old M3 coupe ? 6k increase seems quite a lot
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Sad. Sad. Sad. Oh well.
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