Maxed-out BMW M4 Competition will leave you $100,000 out of pocket
So, how would you spec yours?
When BMW announced the new M3 and M4 several months ago, they unquestionably divided opinion. The Munich-based firm have firmly opted for a brave new direction in their design language, but looks aside, you can be assured that both cars will be in equal parts fast and expensive. Having gone into production several weeks ago, the online configurator for the new M4 has now gone live, and you can certainly have fun with the variety of tasty options BMW are offering.
But before you even begin to get into the actual spec list, you'll need to decide if you're settling for an ordinary M4 or a more venomous Competition Pack. Prices start at around £54,000 ($72,000) for the standard, 3.0-litre twin-turbo incline-six version, which pumps out 473bhp and 406 lb-ft of torque, all of which will be sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. It certainly does one over the old car when numbers are concerned.
If you select a Competition Pack instead, the power beneath your right foot will be increased to 503bhp and 470 lb-ft of torque, with the manual transmission being ditched for an eight-speed automatic. Hush whispers from deep within BMW's skunkworks department also claim that an AWD variant will also be available from the summer of 2021.
Onto the options, and it starts off with a bummer - only two colours will be available for free from the onset: Alpine White and Sao Paulo Yellow, both of which aren't exactly bad colours, but if you're spending this much money on a car, you'd want something which is a little more .. shouty.
Metallic colours will begin at £400 ($550), and will range from: Mineral White, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Blue Xirallic, Orion Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Sparkling Brown, and the fabled Estoril Blue among many, many others. The slightly more elegant frozen colours, Brilliant White and Portimao Blue, will cost you close to £2300 ($3000). Ouch.
Moving on to the alloys, and you have a set of 19 or 20 inch wheels, with a range of spokes and designs also available - but let's be honest, the Competition Pack's BBS-esque thin-grill design is undoubtedly the best fit for a car that's as aggressive as this. The M4 will come with an all-black interior as standard, with a choice of bright yellow, orange or white accents further bloating the options list.
Carbon fibre trim around different sections of the car can also be added for £720 ($950), which, in hindsight, is actually not so bad. If raw polymer doesn't float your boat, BMW Individual also offers slightly more classy wood and aluminium trims, but do be advised, these can extend delivery time by as much as ten weeks. Speaking of delivery, you'll also need to pay about £750 ($995) for destination charge too. You'd be forgiven for thinking BMW would charge you for breathing inside the car.
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Finally, you'll get to choose what level of technology you'd like in your M4, with options including a professional driver assistance package, which implements various driver aid features into the infotainment screen, for around £1300 ($1700), a £600 ($800) parking assist, or an executive package for £2250 ($3000). I wonder if the executive package comes with its very own Sir Alan Sugar as a chauffeur? That'd be quite something.
All in all, a fully loaded BMW M4 Competition Pack will cost you just shy of £75,000 ($100,000). Is it a price worth paying? If so, how would you choose to spec yours?