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BMW M4: A legend reborn (pictures)

The BMW M4 is the new name for what was previously called the M3 Coupé. We take a closer look to see if anything other than the name has changed.

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Drew Stearne

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The BMW M3 coupe is dead! Long live the M4!

The German giant has divided the M3 into two: one with four doors, one with two. The four-door version remains the M3 -- a car that many have lusted over for generations. The two-door has a new name. Meet the M4.

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The M4 is, as you would expect, the fast version of the 4 Series Coupé.

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The V-8 of the last generation of M3 has been dropped in favour of a turbo-charged six-cylinder engine.

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The engine produces 425 brake horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.

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With a dual-clutch transmission it’ll hit 62 mph from rest in 4.1 seconds -- 4.3 with a manual.

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It's 80kg lighter than the last generation M3 Coupe.

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That front end is more aggressive than its ancestors.

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Many BMW fans have expressed disappointment that the car of their dreams is no longer known as the M3.

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Having a 4 Series to sit between 3 and 5 does now complete the run from 1 to 7.

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It's easy to see why BMW has done this: the new naming convention is cleaner.

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There is, of course, still an M3, this just isn't it.

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The new engine doesn't deliver the same drama in the exhaust note department.

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The best desctiption for the sound is "muted".

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It drives as all BMW M cars should though.

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