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New BMW M3 and M4 Coming to Detroit

2014 Detroit Auto Show / 59 Comments

The upcoming BMW M3 and M4 will debut at Detroit this January, both lighter and more powerful than their predecessor.

In a piece of expected but all the same welcomed news, a BMW executive has confirmed to Motor Trend both the all-new M3 sedan and M4 coupe will debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January. These latest M cars will not only be more powerful than their immediate predecessors, but they'll also be lighter. BMW M Performance's managing director, Friedrich Nitschke claimed they'll feature a carbon fiber roof, aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber in the crash zones, as well as an aluminum hood and a carbon-fiber trunk lid.

Think of this as performance through lightness. As expected, power will come from a turbocharged inline-six that'll produce at least 415 horsepower. Nitschke also ruled out the possibility that the M3/M4 will have an all-wheel drive system. Doing so would add at least 176 lbs. to the total weight. Steering wouldn't be any more pure and the car already has a 50:50 weight distribution. Other new features will include an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, wider wheels and tires, a lower and stiffer suspension, improved brakes and many exterior aerodynamic enhancements.

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