- - Sunday, December 7, 2014

If you are scratching your head wondering where the M4 came from, never fear BMW aficionados. It’s really the M3 with a new name and slightly updated look minus a few doors and with a headier sense of style.

I thought you’d like that, I know I did. Whether it is getting to work or getting down to the business of impressing, the M4 has got you covered.

While the M4 is a new model, there are no changes. It just part of the new 4 Series coupe with a turbocharged engine and lots of body armor, AKA aluminum.

Since the whole naming thing can get quite confusing on the makes and models, let’s run down the idea behind the 3 and 4 naming approach that BMW is touting these days playing with the evens and odds.

If it’s a sedan, it’s going to be an odd number. And if it’s the sexier coupe or convertible, it will sport an even number, pretty easy after all.

Competition for the 2015 BMW M4 includes elite comrades like the 2015 Lexus RC F, Audi RS 5 and the Porsche Boxster S.

I drove the coupe and that came well-equipped with the Executive Package offering a heated steering wheel, comfort access keyless entry, rearview camera, retractable headlight washers, park distance control and satellite radio.

The Lighting Package was also included with adaptive full LED lights and automatic high beams. Otherwise, the M4 features standards like 10-way power heated front sport seats with four-way lumbar support and driver seat memory, automatic climate control and an auto dimming interior rear-view mirror; three-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-functional M steering wheel, USB connection and hands free Bluetooth, the BMW navigation system and a shadowline exterior trim.

The 2015 BMW M3 and M4 are about 175 pounds lighter than earlier models, but the biggest change is under the hood where there is a S55 3.0-liter twin turbocharged inline six cylinder engine and it gives you 425 horsepower with 406 pound-feet of torque. Take note too, that on the M4 I drove, there was an air breather behind the front fenders with integrated M side grille and M4 badging.

There are two transmissions available the six-speed manual with a twin-plate clutch, stronger gears or the seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual. Also of importance is the fact that the M4 is about two inches wider than the 435i coupe.

With safety, BMW takes care of its owners with a variety of safety and driver assistance features including pedestrian collision warning, adaptive cruise control and adaptive high beams as well as driver and passenger front airs with a restraint system as well as front-seat side airbags and adaptive brake lights. There is also the BMW AssistCall feature with a 10-year subscription.

Overall, the cool option of Comfort, Sport or Sport+ modes means drivers gets to choose how to own the road with seamless effort.

The head and leg room in the front and rear are good enough for adults and the cargo capacity is at 11 cubic-feet.

For the warranty, it’s four years/5000 miles for the limited warranty and free maintenance and a 12-year rust perforation warranty.

Inside and out, the BMW is a snazzy option for good times with an easy to drive attitude that will appeal to men and women who prefer to drive the best.

Should You Need to Know: The 2015 BMW M4 has the electric-assist steering that is much like that fitted on the new 4 Series and it is just one of many workings that the M engineer folks added to keep up with not only the US market in fuel economy, but also the European contingent as well.

Miles Per Gallon: On the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe I drove, mileage came in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon the highway.

Cost: The 2015 BMW M4 Coupe I drove had a price tag at $83,325.

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