With the new generation models though, BMW seeks clear differentiation between the two.

The M4 is mechanically identical to the M3. The design varies marginally with the M4 heating up a 4-series coupe and the M3 beefing up on the 3-series sedan. The sedan though is the practical alternative of the two.

The car is quick, even faster than the V8 powered M5, doing the 0-100kmph sprint in 4.1 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than big brother. BMW has surely moved on from the previous generation M3’s V8 mill to this twin turbo straight six unit.

The M3 and M4 will also get the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox specified for India. BMW also has six-speed manual gearbox, but this unit is predominantly sold in US market and we don’t expect it to be offered in India.