The all-new G82 BMW M4 has been getting a lot of attention having been released globally and not just for its new controversial grille design. Sitting alongside it in dealerships is the M440i which has also been getting some raved reviews, too. Many diehard fans however, haven’t gotten the previous generation M4 out of their minds as it has often been a point of comparison for the new model. Now, we get to see the difference in performance these two generations offer with a good old fashioned drag race.
Sitting on the starting line of CarWow’s latest video is the new BMW M4 which uses a twin-turbo 3,0-litre straight-six pushing 375 kW and 650 N.m of torque which launches it from 0-100 km/h in 3,9 seconds. The previous generation uses a same displacement engine pushing 331 kW and 550 N.m with a sprint time of 4,0 seconds. While the new car uses an eight-speed torque converter, the previous generation is fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch. The older car, based on claimed figures, is also 140 kg lighter.
Throwing a spanner into the works is the current M440i Coupe which uses a less powerful twin-scroll turbocharged 3,0-litre straight-six which pushes 285 kW and 500 N.m to all four paws. This gives it a 0-100 km/h time of 4,5 seconds.
Off the line, the M440i has a great start and launches ahead of its two rear-wheel driven compatriots but, as the twin-turbo M4s stretch on, the gap quickly closes. It’s a close finish for all three cars. Over a quarter mile, the new M4 crossed the line in 11,9 seconds. The previous generation model finished second, a mere 0,1 seconds later. Last was the M440i which finished another 0,1 seconds later.
Watch the video above to see the rolling race, brake test and sound comparison.