It was hard for the tuners to not put their hands on one of these beasts, and I think it was finally time we see some changes to the F82 BMW M4.
Akekshop stepped up to the challenge and paired the beast of a vehicle to a couple of their new parts, while also fitting it in a new, wonderful, Alpine White full-body wrap, which looks amazing.
Along with the beautiful wrap that was mounted on this model comes a rear diffuser, new splitters, modded front and side grilles, and a few more.
In the back, we will find a modest wing, also wrapped by the guys at Alekshop, which gives the car a sportier look and helps with downforce, therefore the car will be more stable on the track.
And last but not least, a huge pair of FF01 FlowForm wheels, in Tarmac Black, and a kit of Lowering Springs from H&R, which will also provide better grip and improved handling.
With a 4 Series at its core, the new M4 is first and foremost a very practical car that you can use every day. The front seats are comfortable and offer excellent lateral support, and there’s enough room in the back seat for two adults.
The 445-liter boot (15 liters more than the old M3) means you can go almost anywhere without having to install an extra roof boot or stow luggage in the back seat.
The new BMW M4 has ditched the old 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine in favor of a twin-turbo inline-six. But even though the engine is smaller and has fewer cylinders, the power and torque figures are higher than before: 431 hp and 550 Nm (up from 420 hp and 400 Nm). Obviously, a turbocharged straight-six can’t sound like a naturally aspirated V8, but it’s not all about sound.
Whereas the old M3 became an extremely unmanageable beast once you got past 6,000rpm (maximum power was only achieved at 8,300rpm), the new M4 delivers power more linearly and there are no surprises waiting for you just when you think the power reserve has run out.
The interior is of the same story as all other BMW models today. The materials are visually and tactilely pleasing, and all the controls are within easy reach.
In a model equipped with the excellent M-DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.1 seconds (0.5 seconds less than the former M3 with automatic transmission).
And while we’re on the subject of the gearbox, I have to say that the M-Division automatic is better than ever. The paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which allow you to manually change gears, and the breathtaking speed at which everything around you happens make it feel like a computer game. The difference here is that you see, feel and hear an extremely beautiful reality, and your palms start to sweat as adrenaline floods your veins with every hard corner, not because you run out of NOS and risk losing the race.
The automatic gearbox is an option that costs no less than €4,100, but I think it’s worth every penny. Also, optional is the M adaptive suspension, which costs €2,000. If you choose the M-DCT gearbox and adaptive suspension, you can set your car up the way you want, any time you want.