When BMW released the 4-series (which was designed to effectively split the 3-series coupe, and saloon into two distinct models) it was seen by some industry experts as an odd, and not entirely necessary move. That was until the M4 was released. One look at the muscular M4 and all talk of BMW’s recent product nomenclature decisions simply faded into the ether. Just look at it!
No manufacturer does the “inline six” engine quite like BMW, and for the F82 M4 they ditched the V8 that was found in its E92 predecessor, and really went back to their roots. The F82 is powered by the S55B30 engine – a snarling, 3.0 litre, twin turbo, straight six that has a redline of 7600 rpm, and 425bhp (in standard form that is…).
The car (in hardtop coupe form) weighs in at just 1500kg (nothing for a modern car) and was available with a six-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The manual as expected is a touch lighter.
In 2016 BMW released the “M4 Competition” which was slightly lighter and had a bit more power (at 444bhp), and the even rarer “M4 GTS” which was a super-light track-focussed version of the standard M4 with nearly 500 bhp!
John’s car is an absolute jaw-dropper. We don’t feature many “modern” cars on Driveaholics.com, but this one was too good not to! John’s taken a car that for many of us would be a complete handful in standard form, and decided that wasn’t quite enough! Don’t ask…it’s a car enthusiast thing! He’s done some modifications to this car, giving it more power, upgrades to the suspension, a roll-cage and more.
We reached out to John, and were delighted when he agreed to letting us feature this absolute beast. The photos are stunning, and the interview is extremely interesting so check it out below!
Photo Credit on many of these photos goes to Locomotive UK Media – check out their Instagram to see their work!
BMW M4 (F82) (2016)
- M-performance exhaust, interior stripped out and replaced with GTS cage and rear boxed in. Plus an OEM fire extinguisher!
- Alcantara M-performance interior extras, M-performance Recaro CS Seats and Schroth Harnesses finished in Aviation Silver.
- Engine performance upgrades include – Bootmod 3 Stage 1 GTS Maps.
- Brake callipers have been colour matched in "Yas Marina" Blue.
- Suspension upgrade – Custom KW HAS Kit fitted, giving the car a significantly lowered stance.
- Currently running 2Forge ZF2 20" wheels (10J up front and 11J at the rear). Wrapped in Michelin PS4's!
Interview with the owner
- Wow… what a machine. When did you first purchase the car John?I bought it back in 2016 – I picked it up new!
- What made you buy a BMW M4?I always had an M Car on the radar, the M4 came at the right time and is a fantastic car to drive, power, handling and looks, I have certainly modified the car to it's current look but even as a stock car it was incredible.
- What's it like to drive?Having the car for just over 5 years the car drives fantastic, suspension from KW sorted out the ride height and handling, perhaps a bit low but it suits the stance!
- What's the current BHP?500 BHP!
- So you've done a lot of work to the car – tell us a bit about that…The car has been remodelled to GTS spec, all OEM parts in Carbon Fibre, rear wing, bonnet, lower lip and running board, new front bumper, to mention a few!It's also got an M-performance exhaust, interior stripped and replaced with GTS cage, rear boxed in, OEM fire extinguisher.It's got alcantara M-performance interior extras, M-performance Recaro CS Seats and Schroth Harnesses finished in Aviation Silver.
- And what have you done to the engine?It's had a Bootmod 3 Stage 1 GTS Map!
- What have you done to the brakes?I've colour matched the callipers in "Yas Marina" Blue.
- What have you done to the suspension?It's had a KW HAS (Height Adjustable Spring) Kit fitted.
- The wheels are absolutely awesome – what are they?It's currently running 2Forge ZF2 20" alloys. These are 10J at the front and 11J at the rear! They're wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4's.
- Do you plan to do any further modifications to it?Yes, I'm going to install a big brake kit, downpipes and do a Stage 2 map!
- Is the car a "keeper" or will you sell it one day?I'll take it to my grave.
- Well John, we don't blame you, the car is incredible. Do you have any other interesting cars tucked away?Yes, I've also got an M2351 Cabriolet in Mineral White.
- Ok final question – ignoring cost, and assuming you couldn’t go and sell it for profit… what’s your dream car and why?Something V8… an Aston Martin would be nice!