Inside, the simple interior has everything that is necessary at your fingertips without adding the complications of housing 50 gazillion buttons. A nice, big, tactile rotary dial for the iDrive system is easy to rotate, and once you have the correct steps from start to finish, finding, changing and coercing the system to do what you need it to is easy and fast. And what’s refreshing? The fact that the instrument cluster isn’t an information super whore; everything you need is there, and it’s a nice setup of integrating analog with digital gauges without being all in your face like an OCD salesperson.
Seats are comfortable, offer a dynamic range of adjustments and allow perfect seating positions for a range of drivers from tall to small. You’ll feel big and powerful in this cockpit. It’s the fact that the BMW offers great sound deadening for a true luxury feel—though still pumping in artificial noises via their Active Sound Design, which BMW assures is an infinitesimal amount—but can still be activated into a beast of dynamic proportions.
The only thing it doesn’t do better than the outgoing E92 M3 is the exhaust soundtrack. While we still love this new, revolutionary motor, the extreme raciness of the outgoing model was something to look forward to upon startup. But as you know, there’s always an aftermarket exhaust waiting to be installed should you lust after more theater.
After a week in BMW’s new daily daredevil, we found it hard to unhinge our mitts from the steering wheel. Some cars are incredibly tough to return to sender, but this was like giving up the ability to have sex. What’s remarkable about it is, though not cheap, it’s not something you would have to sell your soul for. It’s an accessible supercar in every sense of the word. Bravo, BMW, bravo.
2015 BMW M4 Specifications
Efficiency: 17/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
0-60 MPH: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph
Horsepower: 425 horsepower @5500-7300 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft @1850-5500 rpm
Cost: $64,200 (base)/ $86,200 (as tested)