Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago tests and reviews the 2018 BMW M4 equipped with the Competition package and a six-speed manual transmission. The current generation of the M4, which is the coupe variant of the M3, has been around since 2015. Though the M4's been a strong performer, similarly priced and even less expensive performance cars have steadily closed the gap. As a response, BMW introduced the M Competition package to sharpen the M4's reflexes by adding more power and more aggressive handling. Is it enough? That's what we find out in this review.

Q: How much does the 2018 BMW M4 cost?
A: Our 2018 BMW M4 test car starts at $68,695. The M Competition package, which increases horsepower and sharpens the handling, asks $4,750, while the racetrack-focused M carbon-ceramic brakes cost $8,150. Adding optional Apple CarPlay support, wireless charging, a head-up-display, and yellow paint job brings the total to $84,045.

Q: What kind of engine and transmission does the 2018 BMW M4 have?
A: The BMW M4 has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The standard version makes 425 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque, but the Competition package increases output to 444 hp. A six-speed manual is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.

Q: How fast is the 2018 BMW M4?
A: During testing, the 2018 BMW M4 reached 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (4.0 seconds with a 1-foot rollout, as on a drag strip) and clocked a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds at 113.0 mph. M4s equipped with the automatic transmission are faster in a straight line.

Q: What are the 2018 BMW M4's main competitors?
A: The closest in terms of price and intent has to be the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The AMG's twin-turbo V8 offers more power, but it's not available with a manual transmission. Also consider the 2018 Audi RS 5, whose all-wheel drive gives a slight edge in 0-60 mph acceleration even if it comes up a little short in handling.

Read our review here: www.edmunds.com/bmw/m4/2018/review/

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    • Mert Akın Yılmaz
      Mert Akın Yılmaz

      I prefer Giulia qv 😘👌🏻

      about 1 month ago
    • SO digginit
      SO digginit

      all the things he knocked this car for. he was raving over in the gt350r....

      about 1 month ago
    • corn hole
      corn hole

      a mustang 350r is cheaper and faster than the much more expensive m4 gts....

      about 3 months ago
    • Dimitry De Man
      Dimitry De Man

      Luckely for europe they have the faster DCT because of the traffic. Because I'm sick off stick shift after 24 years of driving. Beeing stuck in traffic for 2 hours every day getting to work. Give me the DCT.

      about 5 months ago
    • TheLovableNarcissist

      The M4 convertible is 4,000 pounds. I have one.

      about 6 months ago
    • Asheville Mountain
      Asheville Mountain

      This guy is wrong on a lot of things he said. Moron

      about 7 months ago
    • fulaan1

      I'm ready for the next gen.

      about 7 months ago
    • Thato Selepe
      Thato Selepe

      This car does not weigh 4000. What a hateful negative review towards a brilliant BMW. There's nothing better for the money. The m4 is better. It follows the Carrera GTs in greatness

      about 7 months ago
    • Benjamin Mathew
      Benjamin Mathew

      You can't compare a German car to Japanese and American cars, you would have to compare it to a Porsche, amg, audi s line, and Italian afford cars most Americans would buy like a alfa romeo or Maserati.

      about 8 months ago
    • Kristian Brandt
      Kristian Brandt

      Coupé. You know that funny thing over the E? It's called an accent aigu and it means pressure must be applied to the E, and the word coupé is therefore not pronounced 'coooop'. In fact it never has been, I have no idea where you Americans picked this up.

      about 11 months ago
    • Gavin Reid
      Gavin Reid

      Pretty sure that rpm feature has been around for a while with bmws

      about 1 year ago
    • JamesJDMoe

      M4 > C63

      about 1 year ago
    • greenfingerish

      Where's the compition wheels ffs!

      about 1 year ago
    • Anthony Dietrich
      Anthony Dietrich

      As any European Car, the sky is the limit when your pockets are fat. I have built one on BMW USA and take to the dealership and they offered me a package that isn’t available on the website which make the car look twice sporty, elegant and rich.

      about 1 year ago
    • Maxmartini

      Everyone reviewing this car is complaining about the steering in sport plus, "way to heavy". But what no one understands is that the sport plus in steering is absolutely amazing when you're going down the high way in high speeds. In comfort, the steering is way to light, at higher speed it's perfect in sport plus. Not to sensitive.
      Not all settings are for going around the track....

      about 1 year ago
    • Mebby BB
      Mebby BB

      fuuuuu manual ..automatic rulzzz

      about 1 year ago
    • Notícias De Ultima Hora
      Notícias De Ultima Hora

      The interior looks so out dated for a 2018 model.

      about 1 year ago
    • MLfree web
      MLfree web

      Bmw M4 Competition Pack

      about 1 year ago
    • OnDay 7
      OnDay 7

      want a manual, buy the m4 competition want the coolness + sound factor, buy the c63s. want all weather drivability + tech, buy the rs5.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ahmad Lebanon
      Ahmad Lebanon

      LCI and no Adaptive LED and no 666! u guys sucks lol

      about 1 year ago
    • M. Bessio
      M. Bessio

      Correct me if I am wrong, the car in the video is 2017 and not 2018. My 2018 has different wheels and different front LED lights

      about 1 year ago
    • Beka Machurishvili
      Beka Machurishvili

      M4 over c63s, just cause it's a stick shift 😍

      about 1 year ago
    • E Jackson
      E Jackson

      2018 M4 has the trapezoid halos that is not an 18 model. =/

      about 1 year ago
    • Florida Maddogg
      Florida Maddogg

      I thought Carlos was working with MotorTrend. He inspired me to get my 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, lol, so I had to see his review on the M4. I had an M2 also and like to see how the M2 and M3/M4 differ.

      about 1 year ago
    • BPBoy


      about 1 year ago
    • jimbotron3000

      great review

      about 1 year ago
    • basmati & kartoffen adventure team
      basmati & kartoffen adventure team


      about 1 year ago
    • epsilon

      Up next please do amg c63 coupe. Gt350, zl 1, gulia quadrifoglio, rs3, m2 competition, etc...

      about 1 year ago
    • mansees

      Why do you need Competition Package if the regular M4 drove like the M's used to. Another way to gouge the customer. That is the reason why a lot of people have gone away from the M and the BMW.

      about 1 year ago
    • SeniorLeb
      SeniorLeb In reply to mansees

      My friend Competition package is not just tires and wheels please check my M4 videos I had both standard and competition

      about 4 months ago
    • ilovepinktacos
      ilovepinktacos In reply to mansees

      @SeniorLeb = Comp Pagake adds another $5k for 20 inch wheels and suspension update that your not going to use in everyday driving. the ceramic brakes are another $8k.. at that price point there are better options out there.. I prefer the standard m4 with teh 437 wheels is great by itself. the 20's your not gettin the best tire unless to go and get the Pilot sport cup series for the 20's or 666 wheel. also teh 666 wheel you cannot mount winter tires enter.

      about 4 months ago
    • SeniorLeb
      SeniorLeb In reply to mansees

      Conception package makes the car like new

      about 1 year ago
    • jack webster
      jack webster

      In Australia this would be called the pure. The cheapest M4 available

      about 1 year ago