For the first time ever, BMW will launch the coupe and saloon versions of its iconic M3 at the same time. However, the coupe model will be called M4 to stay in line with BMW’s new numbering system for its coupe models.
Either way, the M3 and M4 share the same 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. It offers 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and drives through either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch ’box. Despite the performance, emissions for the DCT gearbox model come in at 34.0mpg and 194g/km to be acceptable for a car of this pace. Prices start at £56,175 for the M3 saloon and £56,635 for the M4 Coupe. Expect a Convertible M4 to follow in 2015.