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The closest you'll get to the new BMW M3 and M4 (for now)

Take a close look at the BMW M3 and M4. We got up close and personal with the most hardcore BMW M cars yet.

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Drew Stearne
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They look pretty cool, no?
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The M4 is a first for the brand, it's the first time a '4' car has been given an 'M' badge. It replaces the M3 coupé.
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The M3 is just as you'd expect - four door, five seats, bags of room for all.
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Under each bonnet sits a 3.0-litre straight six engine with 431bhp.
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If you spec the dual clutch gearbox you'll hit 62mph in just 4.1 seconds.
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The manual cars are slightly slower to the magic marker - 4.3 seconds. But still - you can have a manual!
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The manual 'box is pretty cool, too. It'll blip the throttle for you when you downshift so you can change gear more smoothly.
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That also means you don't have to learn how to heel and toe to get the best out of it.
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Top speed is limited to 155mph.
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Both cars feature extensive use of Carbon Fibre.
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There's a CF brace in the engine bay and on the roof.
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There's also plenty of aero trickery going on.
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The M4 has a lightweight carbon fibre boot lid. It's been sculpted for better aero.
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Gotta love quad exhausts, right?
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The underside of the cars has been flattened for better aero...
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...as a result they stick to the ground a little better.
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BMW reckons the M4 will outsell the M3 by some margin.
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But if you're a family man with desires on some track time, the M3 could be the perfect car for you.
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Not too sure about the blue on this one...
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...but it's certainly less visually arresting than the yellow on the M4.
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The interior has been liberally coated with M badges and carbon fibre.
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And the instrument panel looks pretty cool.
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BMW's latest 'wheel does look smart.
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This is the shifter for the DCT 'box.
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This little M badge lights up when you open the door. A neat touch.

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