At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2014, the moment had arrived: after the fifth generation of the BMW M3 had been presented shortly before Christmas 2013 on the Internet, the new high-performance vehicle from BMW M was officially premiered at the NAIAS. At the same time, the first BMW M4 hit the spotlight: M GmbH decided to separate the Coupé and Convertible in name from the Sedan which continued to be called the BMW M3. Technically, there was a further innovation in the BMW M3 F80, M4 F82 and F83: for the first time in the series’ history, there was a turbocharger under the muscular bonnet.
THE DESIGN: HIGH-POWERED.
With a low-slung silhouette, long bonnet and the distinct three-dimensionality of all the body parts, the design of the F80 series is particularly emotional and striking. The then Head of Design at BMW Automobiles, Karim Habib, had made it his goal to express the high performance and the impressive handling of the new models. The M overtaking mirrors, the contrasting dark carbon roof and the prominent wheel housings – especially visible on the rear wheels of the M3 Sedan – are indicators of the models’ status as performance athletes. With the LED headlights and the newly introduced Air Curtains – special air ducts on the front of the vehicles for reducing air turbulence – the overall picture is of a dynamic sports car with the unambiguous DNA of an M high-performance vehicle.
SKY’S THE LIMIT.
The BMW M4 F83 Convertible.
Like its predecessor, the BMW M4 Convertible has a three-part metal folding roof. The construction combines the advantages of better sound insulation and winter durability with better aerodynamics compared with the fabric roof. The highlight of the convertible is the elegant silhouette, which does without a B-pillar. As regards engine and interior, there are no changes from the closed M4 Coupé – the M bucket-style Sports seats, M Sports leather-clad steering wheel and driver-oriented cockpit are an invitation to drive dynamically.
The special editions of the BMW M3 F80 and M4 F82.
BMW M3 AND M4 CS.
Launched in early 2017, the M4 CS was another special edition of the F82. The limited edition is characterized by an engine tweaked to 460hp and a suspension designed for use on racetracks. Lightweight sports seats, carbon bonnet and roof, along with other weight-saving measures meant that the car weighed in 35kg lighter than before. As with the M4 GTS, the rear lights of the CS use OLED technology. At the end of 2017, M GmbH presented the BMW M3 CS, counterpart of the limited edition in sedan form.