E92 M3 and M4 Comparison Shots

by Bernie McGroarty on August 15, 2013, 7:20 pm
I love a good comparison, so here it is. The E92 M3 and the M4 Concept.

”fronts”

Right away you can see the M4 is a different beast. Muscular and intimidating. Large air inlets in the front bumper, M6 style grilles, stacked hood, low roof line and sculpted mirrors..

”frontside”

A good view of the more vertical grille, hood line and the gill in the fender, flowing nicely into the very pronounced upper door line, right into the flared rear fender. The E92 definitely had a less menacing look.

”sides”

An even better view of the hood and door lines. The sloping roof line flows right into the rear deck lid, giving the roof a lower profile on the M4.

”rearside”

Roofline flows into the contoured rear deck. More of a drastic flare to the rear fenders. Rear roofline definitely has a lower profile to it.

”rear”

The M4 has a wider look. Broad shoulders where the tail lights push the upper corners, right into the fenders. The M3's fenders are not as wide, but more pronounced. Rear bumper and diffuser are more striking, more defined on the M4, kind of plain on the 3. The quad pipes are still there though.

All in all, the M4 is one intense looking car. I'm sure there will be a lot of opinions on this one. So what are your opinions?


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26 responses to E92 M3 and M4 Comparison Shots

Capobranco commented:
August 15, 2013, 7:40 pm

The comparison as shown is unfair given the comparison is between an idealized concept car with outrageously flamboyant paint vs. a staid production e92 in the wild - at least you could have utilized an e 92 with competition package. Looking past the stacked deck - there is no denying that the new M4 is a compelling car that will set the pace in its class. As much as I like the e92 M3 - I prefer the passionate aggressive styling of the M4 - the new M4 is pure BMW and absolutely bad-ass M - sign me up.

*sign me up assumes - significant weight reduction and increased HP and torque.
Db750 commented:
August 15, 2013, 7:43 pm

Was just getting ready to say what Capobranco said; those are not very flattering shots of the E92. The Silverstone M3 above with ZCP looks much better, and would be a more suitable fit for this comparison.
E36 Phantom commented:
August 15, 2013, 7:44 pm

I'd take the E92 any day.....

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krash commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:00 am

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Originally Posted by E36 Phantom View Post
I'd take the E92 any day.....

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That's your problem.
beden1 commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:23 am

I'd like to see the car in final production as these pictures look digitally mastered. It looks like they are using a similar rear diffuser like the one on my 335is. The front end looks too busy in these pictures. The M3 looks much better in real life than in pictures.

I like the way BMW finished off the rear end of the M4, which IMO, was a weak design part of the M3 where you can see the mufflers while driving behind the car.
av98 commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:35 am

Is it just me or does the M4 look like a larger meaner version of the 1M


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Classj commented:
August 16, 2013, 9:04 am

Eh. I don't know. I never considered the 3 series a work of art personally so to me it is all evolution of the same basic shape. Concept photos are not going to tell us much. That cool side waste gate looks like it was lifted directly from a 1965 Thunderbird coupe.

Looks good to at least distinguish itself from the base car which is the M brand goal typically. It will sell well which is the important part.

How the car drives will be the question. I never cared for the E92 M3 driving feel as much as the E36 and E46. I still think the 1M set the bench mark for what a modern BMW could perform like and feel like. Every F30 I drive is still really far away from that.
Alpine300ZHP commented:
August 16, 2013, 11:46 am

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Originally Posted by av98 View Post
Is it just me or does the M4 look like a larger meaner version of the 1M


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No. Looks like a baby m6.


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K-A commented:
August 16, 2013, 11:48 am

Not a fair comparo as the M4 pic looks more digital than real, but it's gonna be hot regardless.
Alpine300ZHP commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:30 pm

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Originally Posted by K-A View Post
Not a fair comparo as the M4 pic looks more digital than real, but it's gonna be hot regardless.
The real pics are over on Bimmerpost as they were shot at the Pebble Beach event.


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pix335i commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:57 pm

The real photos from the Pebble Beach event are right here on Bimmerfest in the latest photo gallery.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-photos...-pebble-beach/

Nearly 200 photos of the new M4 Concept. The car in the photo comparisons is the same car that we saw at the World Premiere last night. It looks even better in person than it does in the photos. More on that later but for now, take a look at the photos.

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

See all 180+ photos of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe at Pebble Beach Now
beden1 commented:
August 16, 2013, 2:29 pm

Real nice looking car for sure. I like the E90 side vents much better. I wish they extended the rear diffuser lower to cover more of the exposed mufflers. I don't like the look of the carbon fiber roof with the lines of the car.

This should be a hot seller if BMW got the dynamics right.
K-A commented:
August 16, 2013, 3:42 pm

This could be a strong replacement consideration if I decide to not stick with the F10, if I could get myself to live with the major interior downgrade and get used to more compact sizing.
Classj commented:
August 16, 2013, 5:20 pm

I agree about the carbon roof. Seems to break up the car too much.

The front hood horizontal lines look really bad with in those photos.
Capobranco commented:
August 16, 2013, 5:53 pm

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Originally Posted by K-A View Post
This could be a strong replacement consideration if I decide to not stick with the F10, if I could get myself to live with the major interior downgrade and get used to more compact sizing.
M interiors are purposeful - and are endowed with super comfy seats that have long seat travel. At 6'3" and 200 lbs - I am far more comfortable in my M than I ever was in an F10.

Seeing live pics of the new M4 only makes me covet it more....I look forward to the release of specifications.
Db750 commented:
August 17, 2013, 3:25 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by K-A View Post
This could be a strong replacement consideration if I decide to not stick with the F10, if I could get myself to live with the major interior downgrade and get used to more compact sizing.
Come on, buddy. That's got to be a bit of an overstatement?

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K-A commented:
August 17, 2013, 3:55 am

The interior part? I say that because I'm not a fan of the F30's interior and was really upset to see a copy/paste of it in the 4. Was hoping for something with a closer poshness to the bigger 5/6/7 interiors. I know that M will spruce it up a bit, namely with much nicer seats, but the inherent F30 architecture and plastics I'm sure will be intact, which to me seems like a tough pill to swallow on a car that otherwise seems so promising.
SuperTerp commented:
August 17, 2013, 11:24 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
The comparison as shown is unfair given the comparison is between an idealized concept car with outrageously flamboyant paint vs. a staid production e92 in the wild - at least you could have utilized an e 92 with completion package. Looking past the stacked deck - there is no denying that the new M4 is a compelling car that will set the pace in its class. As much as I like the e92 M3 - I prefer the passionate aggressive styling of the M4 - the new M4 is pure BMW and absolutely bad-ass M - sign me up.

*sign me up assumes - significant weight reduction and increased HP and torque.
me too just wanna know when allocation spots will be up
pa50i commented:
August 18, 2013, 9:40 pm

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Originally Posted by Alpine300ZHP View Post
No. Looks like a baby m6.


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Either way, that sounds like a win to me.
Alpine300ZHP commented:
August 19, 2013, 11:15 am

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Originally Posted by pa50i View Post
Either way, that sounds like a win to me.
I agree. If it drives like the m6 I will be getting one.


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Spagolli94 commented:
August 19, 2013, 11:56 am

Love the real shots of the concept. Just not the pukey color. I hope the real thing looks a lot like the concept. If so, it might just be my next car.
e90im commented:
August 20, 2013, 10:49 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
The comparison as shown is unfair given the comparison is between an idealized concept car with outrageously flamboyant paint vs. a staid production e92 in the wild - at least you could have utilized an e 92 with completion package. Looking past the stacked deck - there is no denying that the new M4 is a compelling car that will set the pace in its class. As much as I like the e92 M3 - I prefer the passionate aggressive styling of the M4 - the new M4 is pure BMW and absolutely bad-ass M - sign me up.

*sign me up assumes - significant weight reduction and increased HP and torque.
What he said
tol4o commented:
August 21, 2013, 5:18 pm

Sad news for the fellow enthusiasts - Manual transmission totally DELETED on the new M4 without an option! M5 has it, M4 no!?
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/21/b...-transmission/
It looks like I'm gonna keep my E46 M3 6SP Coupe forever...
pix335i commented:
August 21, 2013, 5:22 pm

Not sure on the source for this but it is not what we have been led to believe after having discussions with certain BMW USA and BMW AG staff.

I was fully expecting the DCT to become standard (with a base price increase of course) and a no cost manual option. I do believe that the 6 speed will only be offered in the United States (similar to the M5 / M6) and that this generation WILL BE the last generation that will have a manual option.
GVFlyer commented:
August 26, 2013, 8:54 pm

Let me say upfront that I just bought a new M3 because I wanted the last of the normally aspirated V-8s. I had a Dinaned-up 335is and found that I'm just not that fond of multi-turboed small displacement inline sixes. YMMV.

It would be easier to evaluate the M4 compared the M3 in the side-by-side photos if they shared the same camera point-of-view. The low camera angles used in the M4 photography give the car a very dramatic look. Overall, I like the look of the M4 concept car. I'll have to see it in person to determine if the front fascia air intakes are overdone. I like the wide rear fender flares and the look of the more sloping roof line, although practically speaking, it will further reduce rear visibility.

I read that we will see the actual production car in January; anyone know when first deliveries will be?
SilverX3 commented:
August 26, 2013, 10:13 pm

E92 looks simpler and cleaner

M4 looks too much like batmobile in steroid