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      06-19-2014, 02:27 AM   #1
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Update: After another day of driving, I am even happier with the performance. The tires have become even more sticky, the exhaust is opening up, and the engine is close to being fully broke in (in just 2 days!). I am considering lowering the car about an 1''. Tint going on tomorrow. I am loving the "sport displays" showing the HP and Torque! Went through Santiago Canyon and the car was absolutely perfect. This is a pure track performance car. Somehow its also a perfect hybrid of a comfortable daily driver. I have kept the car in Sport+ throttle response, and Sport+ steering because its just the best setting for the car. The M6 steering was too artificially heavy in sport+ at low speeds, but the M4 doesn't have that problem. The exhaust note really changes when you put the car in sport+.

Amazing!!! This Car is A Masterpiece. Feels Faster than My M6. Exhaust is A Beautiful Symphony, MUCH better than the M6. Engine is Perfectly Tuned, Always Delivers Max Torque and Tires Are Glued To The Road. Most Fun I Have Ever Had In Any Car.

I took delivery of the M4 and have been blown away by how good it really is. The reviews have set high expectations, which were already high coming from my F13 M6, but this car exceeds all standards set for it! I will start by concluding that if I were given an M4 and an M6 and was told that each was the same price, I would take the M4 hands down. Why? the M4 is a driver's car, has useable power, feels faster and sounds much more aggressive that my M6, is more practical in size, and has better styling all around. Sure some of the plush interior features of the M6 are not included in the M4, but I will take the M4's drivers feel and performance over the added weight of soft close doors and lazy boy bucket seats. Every feature in the M4 is perfect, some how the M division got it all right on their first pass at this new model.

Features of the M4 that have blown me away so far:
1. Exhaust Sound is throaty, loud, and aggressive and does not let you forget you are driving a race car.
2. Lighter much better handling
3. Upgraded and more integrated electronics
4. All Useable power doesnt lose traction accelerating like the M6
5. Aggressive styling make this car look as good as it performs.
6. Much more interior space. The back seat of the M4 gives about 8 more legroom than the M6. How could this be? I have no idea, but its true.

The Passive Suspension perfectly adapts to road conditions. Had the adaptive in the M6, and it never felt like it was on the right setting for the driving condition at the time. The M4s passive suspension feels tight, natural, and aggressive. In my opinion, I would definitely keep the passive suspension unless you like long grand touring rides in comfort mode of adaptive.

Some interesting things so far:
1. The tire pressure and temperature readings are given in idrive vehicle info
2. the enhanced Bluetooth puts all spotify album art on the screen. Great improvements over 2014 bmw models. Interface has less problems and doesnt freeze anymore when channel surfing streaming content.
3. Heads up display shows music information now in additional to just gps and speed limit. When you switch to the M view, the gps and music goes to the instrument cluster automatically so its always in front of you.
4. The Harmon Kardon sound system is ok. Definitely not as powerful as the B&O, but much less rattles because there are no thick metal grates covering the speakers.
5. The M lights on the seats are the coolest thing ever, and are keepgin me from getting tint put on for a few days because I love seeing it so much. Put the light setting on the longest setting to keep them on.
6. MDM mode does not give enough freedom. In the M6, you could still get wheel spin in MDM and it would not interference with mildly aggressive driving. In the M4, the engine power is cut off pretty often even in MDM mode during normal/slightly aggressive driving. Hopefully this lessen after the break in period.
7. Some rattles around the car. And the trunk doesnt pop open with key button. It unlocks but the spring is not strong enough to lift the trunk open itself.
8. There is no All climate control setting, so you have to manually adjust driver and passenger temp settings separetly.
9. The auto start-stop function DOES stay off unless you turn it on of course. Thank god! So no programming needed.
10. The steering is looser than the M6 even in Sport+. It feels more like the Audi RS5 with steering that tightens at higher spends and is loose and fluffy at slow driving speeds. I do wish the steering had a Sport+ x4 setting.
11. The exhaust changes completely once the car gets warm. At cold start, the exhaust sounds like a lawnmower with a loose bolt rattling around, but once she it warm, its the loudest meanest groaning exhaust of any car I have yet owned.
12. Slight changes in the steering wheel heater button, and tightening of the lane change indicators are nice touches.
13. The new M seats are amazing comfortable, especially given how slender they are. The seats are very adjustable, and hold you in much better than the bulky Lazy boy M5 and M6 seats.

Also, take a look at the lines on the trunk that follow down from the carbon fiber roof. Such a great detail that I never notices in pictures before.

I will put some more feedback once I have time to drive a bit more. I will be trying to stay off the forums while Im studying for the Bar, but feel free to PM with any questions. Let me know if you are around the OC for cars and coffee on Saturday.
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      06-19-2014, 02:35 AM   #2
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So sick bro! Congrats
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      06-19-2014, 02:41 AM   #3
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That black/black/black combination looks imposing!
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      06-19-2014, 02:44 AM   #4
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Nice review ! the anticipation is rising even more now. everything right in advance bookings.
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Yes yes yes, same spec (broadly) as me!!!! Huge congrats, and thanks so much for the comments. Any thoughts on the steel brakes?
I get to drive one at the dealer on Saturday (UK launch) and my actual car should follow on in a week or two!!
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      06-19-2014, 03:00 AM   #6
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Thx for your input! Much appreciated but i can't hold it anymore..... counting down
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Nice write up.
Some nice new info too thanks.
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      06-19-2014, 04:37 AM   #8
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OMG that black on black!
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Congrats! So what do you think of the transmission?
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Great write-up.

The "rattle" comment worries me... I absolutely hate and obsess about rattles. Nothing makes a car feel cheap faster than an annoying rattle. All cars can develop rattles but I can't stand them!!
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Nice review, and really interesting comparison to the m6. Surprised about the light steering a bit

Great choice on black , looks great on the m4!
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Gorgeous! How the hell can you study with that beauty...

What are the psi ratings for the 19" on your door jam and/or printed manual. The online owner's manual does not specify and refers to the printed manual.
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Love the write up! Sounds like another winner. How about some daytime pics the black on black is so stealthy!
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Nice review, and really interesting comparison to the m6. Surprised about the light steering a bit

Great choice on black , looks great on the m4!
Curious how it compares to an M235i... I thought that was OK but still not as good as hydraulic. Oh well, find out soon.
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Wow!! Thanks for the write up. I have a BSM on SO M4 finishing production this week.

Interesting story -- my dealer was making me on offer on a BSM + SS 2014 M6GC with MT and competition pack. Original MSRP was $139k. The dealer discounted it to the point where the lease payment would have been $1600 with $7k down.

I was thinking about it until I read your review
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Wow... The night picture looks great. Congrats!
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Congrats!

Looks like Vista. Do I know you?
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Congrats! and nice review
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are you happy with how this contrast looks its not to much black is it? my m3 order is just like this
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