Is the New BMW M4 Better With a Manual Gearbox? Nurburgring Test Lap
This is the new BMW M4, but with a manual gearbox! I bought my new BMW M3 Competition with the auto, but it's time to find out what the manual option is like for the M3 and M4, and where better than immediately taking it to the Nürburgring Nordschleife!
However, it's not quite so simple as in the UK market it is actually only possible to order either the M3 Competition or M4 Competition, which means you can only have the 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox. The 6 speed manual is the non-Competition model and as a result is down on power by 30hp (480hp) and down on torque by 100Nm (550Nm) compared to the Competition versions. At this moment they are all rear wheel drive, but an M xDrive 4WD Competition variant will also arrive in the future.
Having just put a few hundred miles on my new M3 so far, it's still early days but thanks to BMW M this car is ready and raring to go and even more so thanks to a set of Sport Cup 2 tyres that are fitted to it. With Touristenfahrten open on the Nürburgring, we can head out under Tourist Drives rules - a public toll road - to get a feel for what it's like and how it compares. Ultimately, deciding if this should be the one to go for!
Awesome thumbnail pic from Rike67, be sure to check out pics of your laps and GP sessions at RaceTracker.de as well!
Thanks for watching, Tim