BMW shows us why the M4 Coupe is "the ultimate self-driving machine."
The 2021 BMW M4 Coupe has attracted a lot of criticism for its ginormous grille, but there's nothing to complain about once you get behind the wheel and don't have to look at the polarizing snout. With its sharper steering and improved performance, the new M4 Coupe offers a significantly better driving experience than its predecessor, which is what matters the most in a BMW M car.
In contrast to most other performance coupes on the market, the M4 is still offered with a purist-pleasing manual transmission. To show us how it should be driven, BMW has released a new video of the M4 Coupe being pushed to the limit on the track with a unique twist for April Fools' Day.
At first, it appears that the M4 is drifting, cornering, and accelerating all by itself before it's revealed the car is being driven by actor, director, and producer Milo Ventimiglia with the standard six-speed manual transmission. BMW wants us to know that the "M4 is a car made to be driven." The M4 Competition comes only with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the standard model with a six-speed manual provides a more engaging driving experience.
"With all of the interest in self-driving vehicles these days, what better way to crack a smile on April Fools' than with a little manual-transmission joke?," said Uwe Dreher, vice president of marketing at BMW of North America.
"With up to 503 horsepower, and as one of the only vehicles in its category to offer a six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW M4 is the epitome of the ultimate driving machine." The film was shot at the BMW Performance Center West, located at Thermal Club near Palm Springs, California. Open to the public, BMW's Performance Center offers a variety of driving skills that can teach owners how to tame their M4 or M3 at the limit.
Powering the new M3 and M4 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-pot producing 473 hp and 406 lb-ft in the standard models and 503 hp/479 lb-ft in the Competition. Prices start at $69,900 and $71,800 for the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe respectively, while the M3 Competition and M4 Competition will set you back $72,800 and $74,700 respectively.