2014 Detroit Auto Show

New BMW M3 and M4 Coming to Detroit

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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