2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review - By now BMW’s F30 M4 can be a recognized quantity, getting an über-quick German sports coupe revered for its functionality and chastised for not becoming as tactile as its much-loved predecessor, the E92 M3 coupe. The M4 gets dinged for its twin-turbocharged inline-six that cannot match the sheer screaming joy of winding out the old M3’s naturally aspirated V-8 to its 8300-rpm limit, for its numb steering, and for its frequently overdigitized nature. None of these transgressions hold the M4 from posting incredible functionality numbers, but they do sap a number of the enjoyable from the method of extracting them.

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review

When the M4 is old news, the $5500 Competitors package that BMW released for 2016 is new news. (Even newer news is that the 2017 package price tag has dropped to $4750 for the coupe and $4250 for the convertible.) Available on each the M4 plus the M3 sedan, the kit contains the optional M Adaptive suspension dampers (albeit with revised tuning), stiffer springs, blacked-out exterior trim and badges, a 19-hp bump, a substantially louder exhaust, wider tires on 20-inch wheels related to those on the limited-production M4 GTS, and the very same lightweight seats because the GTS. As you may reasonably expect from an choice bundle with “competition” in its name, the Competition package intends to broaden the M4’s overall performance envelope.

In spite of juicing the M4’s mighty three.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six by 19 horsepower to 444, the Competition package fails to put any additional spring in the coupe’s step. Our test auto came equipped with all the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and its three.8-second zero-to-60-mph time fell involving the instances posted by two other DCT-equipped M4s we’ve tested. The additional power, added at the best of the rev range, doesn’t enable straight-line acceleration significantly, along with the 19 ponies’ impact isn’t noticeable from behind the wheel. Additionally, the tester noted that the dual-clutch’s launch-control function didn’t seem to be as productive as the preceding examples’ along with the M4 struggled with launch grip.

Expectations of higher lateral grip from the wider-than-stock Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (265/30 front, 285/30 rear) and stiffened suspension similarly went unmet. The Competition-package automobile recorded 0.99 g on our skidpad-0.01 g significantly less than the most effective figure we’ve gotten from a typical M4 and only 0.05 g better than the worst figure we've on file from the lineup, that getting from an M4 convertible.

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review - Interior:

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review

Our test vehicle also came equipped with BMW’s $8150 carbon-ceramic brakes, and while they aren’t essential in the event the Competition package is chosen, their guarantee of fade-free operation below intense circumstances-say, on a racetrack-make them a all-natural addition. Except right here, as well, our expectations had been unmet: Our car’s admittedly impressive 151-foot stopping distance from 70 mph was no superior than these recorded by other M4s we’ve tested (also fitted with carbon-ceramic discs), and we noticed some brake fade, anything that didn’t occur in those other M4s. Also, just as we’ve experienced in other BMWs so equipped, the carbon-ceramic brakes also possess the alarming tendency to go unresponsive throughout the 1st pump of your brake pedal in wet weather. Further pumps restore the binders’ responsiveness-as noted inside the owner’s manual-but it’s a discomforting trait nonetheless.

In the event the Competition package fails to light somewhat fire below the M4’s already hot objective performance figures, it has far higher impact around the coupe’s subjective overall performance. There’s slightly much more info coming up through the steering wheel to the driver’s hands, partly nullifying one of our greatest complaints in regards to the standard M4, its lifeless steering.

There’s no overlooking BMW’s noodling together with the M Adaptive suspension’s adjustable dampers and fitment of 15-percent-firmer springs front and rear. That’s due to the fact each and every of your three driver-selectable settings are a notch firmer relative to the already stiff M4. The Competitors model’s Comfort mode rides like the Sport mode in a typical M4, while the Sport setting matches up with the M4’s Sport+, and Sport+ moves the Competition model someplace just past “granite” around the hardness scale. We left the M4 in its softest Comfort mode for many of our time using the automobile, which in addition to relieving our vertebrae minimized the susceptibility to skip over midcorner bumps, upsetting the chassis.

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review - Features:

2016 BMW M4 Coupe DCT Competition Package Review

If there’s a silver lining to the rock-hard ride, it’s that it keeps the frequent M4’s overly digitized practical experience at bay, in spite of myriad settings for the steering effort, throttle sensitivity, shift speed, shift algorithm, and suspension damping. Right after all, it undoubtedly does not feel like the computers are doing significantly every time one of the Competition package’s gorgeous 20-inch wheels slams more than a pothole, no matter which drive mode is selected. Talk about analog.

At this point we could step away from the tit-for-tat, merit-based discussion from the Competition package’s impact on the M4 by throwing a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport-shaped wrench into factors. The track-oriented Vette is similarly priced but delivers far more cornering grip, equivalent acceleration, and more general tactility than the BMW.

For those with their hearts set on an M4, however, the Competition package’s price-to-content ratio is hugely favorable, and in case you can tolerate the ride quality or live somewhere with glass-smooth roads, the kit is worth it for the added steering really feel and these delectable wheels. The raspier exhaust note (which in contrast to the regular M4’s is audible more than the artificial engine noise piped in via cabin speakers) is purely a bonus. Just do yourself a favor and stick having a lower-spec car than our $89,995 test example. The $3200 Executive package (heated steering wheel, backup camera, retractable headlight washers, parking sensors, plus a head-up display), $1900 Lighting package (automatic high-beams), $750 360-degree parking cameras, $350 “Enhanced Bluetooth,” and $550 Yas Marina Blue paint did small for the M4’s competitiveness but inflated the price far beyond the $72,195 minimum expected for any Competition package model having a manual transmission.

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