2021 BMW M4: price, specs and release date

Jess Shanahan
September 01, 2020

BMW has teased the design of its new M4 with a pair of camouflaged cars – the new M4 Coupe and the M4 GT3 racing car. 

  • First official pic of BMW M4
  • Aggressive kidney-shaped grille
  • 3.0-litre straight-six turbo
  • 480 hp in standard models
  • 510 hp in Competition spec
  • Optional four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Expected in September 2020
  • Starting price of over £80,000

BMW has released official images of its new M4 Coupe, albeit with M-themed camouflage, alongside a wild-looking M4 GT3 racing car before the M4 makes its public debut later in the year.

Looks like that huge controversial grille is here to stay…

2020 BMW M4 design

M4 prototypes have already been spotted cruising the streets of Germany, but these official pictures of a stickered up car give us our best look yet at the new M4 Coupe’s design. The standard 4 Series’ massive kidney grille has made its way to the M4, but the dotted mesh design has given way to a series of horizontal slats.

Bigger wheels? Check. Lowered suspension? Check. Aggressive bodykit? Check. 

The new car doesn’t have the same pronounced bulge in the bonnet as the outgoing car but you’ll spot plenty of familiar ‘M’ design details, including aerodynamic wing mirrors, lowered side skirts, quad exhaust tips, and a rear diffuser.

The M4’s interior will look similar to the 4 Series’, shown above.

2021 BMW M4 interior

You can expect the new BMW M4’s interior to look very similar to the current 4 Series. As with all BMW M models, you’ll see a few relevant design details such as additional badging within the cabin, and snug sports seats.

As with the outgoing car, the new M4 will get a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine.

2021 BMW M4 engines

Power will come from a 3.0L twin-turbocharged straight-six engine (the same one that’s in the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M). It’ll deliver 480hp in the standard M4, which jumps to 510hp in Competition trim. The Competition models will also have 649 Nm of torque.

The M4 is expected to come with the option of rear- and four-wheel drive.

2021 BMW M4 four-wheel drive

The 2021 BMW M4 will come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but you’ll also be able to get it with four-wheel drive for the first time. These models will use BMW’s latest xDrive four-wheel-drive system – similar to the one fitted to the X3M and X4M – but they won’t go on sale until around 2022. The standard car will come with a six-speed manual gearbox while Competition versions and those fitted with four-wheel drive will get an eight-speed automatic.

The M4 will get the same advanced iDrive system as the 4 Series, shown above.

2021 BMW M4 infotainment and tech

For the first time in an M4, you’ll get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, and a touchscreen infotainment system that can also be controlled via a scroll wheel, voice commands, or hand gestures.

In the 4 Series, you also get a six-inch digital driver’s display (rather than analogue dials) but you can upgrade that to a nine-inch display. Expect the same combination of screens to appear in the M4.

The new M4 is expected to be revealed in September 2020.

2021 BMW M4 price and release date

The price of the 2021 BMW M4 has yet to be confirmed but its smaller sibling, the M3 is going to start from around £76,000. This means we’ll probably see a price of over £80,000 for the new M4. It’ll likely be revealed in September 2020 and should go on sale later in the year or in early 2021.

If you can’t wait for the new BMW M4 to go on sale, check out the latest offers on the current car on our BMW M4 deals page. Or, read our in-depth BMW M4 review for everything you need to know. 

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