Is This the Ugliest Paint Color on a Great Car? 2015 BMW M4 Edition (17 Photos)

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A new M from BMW is always exciting. The company unveiled the M3 sedan and M4 coupe ahead of the 2014 Detroit auto show in some uncommon colors. The M3 had a unique shade of blue, but the M4 was adorned in something called Austin Yellow Metallic that left a bad taste.

Related: 2015 BMW M3, M4 Video

Color us somewhat surprised that more than six months later the M4 that arrived for us to test wore the same paint color. There are six other colors it could've been painted in, including the Yas Marina Blue Metallic that the M3 was dipped in.

Spending more time with the color didn't make it any more endearing for most of our editors.

By David Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Comments (10)

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By Matt Schmitz | August 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | July 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 4 Series Review

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"Along with its new name, the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe is much more defined than the 3 Series coupe it replaces," Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek said. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

2014 BMW 4 Series Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Up Close

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe is emblematic of BMW's expanding product line. Even though the automaker sells the 3 Series sedan, wagon and GT, and now the 4 Series coupe, the luxury brand thinks there's room for something more. Enter the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door car with sleeker, coupelike lines.

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There's some tradeoff in interior roominess in the name of style, but more cargo versatility than you might expect.

By Mike Hanley | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 M4 Convertible Joins BMW Lineup

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When BMW unveiled its updated M3 sedan and M4 coupe we knew it'd only be a matter of time before a droptop version joined the lineup. Today, BMW announced details of the 2015 M4 convertible, which will go on sale alongside the sedan and coupe this summer.

2015 BMW M3, M4: First Look

BMW says the M4 convertible is around 90 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the M3 convertible, thanks to heavy use of lightweight aluminum in the front fenders, hood and chassis. Lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic components also help keep the weight down.

As in the M3 sedan and M4 coupe (the M4 replaced the prior-gen M3 coupe), the convertible uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine that BMW says is good for 425 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque; that's more powerful than the outgoing V-8. Two transmissions are available: a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual. The M4 convertible's top speed is 155 mph, and BMW pegs its zero to 60 time at 4.4 seconds with the manual and 4.2 seconds with the automatic.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series sedan, BMW 3 Series Gran Touring
Looks like: The 3 Series sedan, only taller, or the 3 Series Gran Touring, only shorter
Drivetrain: 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines; eight-speed automatic transmission; optional all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014
Price: 428i GC, $41,225; 428i xDrive GC, $43,225; 435i GC $46,725 (all prices include a $925 destination fee)

There are some things you can never have too much of. Money, chocolate and apparently, according to BMW, car-model variants. That's the only explanation we can come up with for the introduction of this latest compact car from the German luxury brand, the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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What exactly is it? Well, take the 4 Series coupe, stretch the roofline slope about 4.4 inches, raise the roof a half-inch, add two doors and voila: The 4 Series Gran Coupe is born. With the exact same length, width, wheelbase and track as the two-door coupe but featuring a bit more headroom, the 4 Series Gran Coupe sports a tall hatchback sedan profile and a full 45.9 cubic feet of total luggage space inside. Sound like a "coupe" to you?

By Aaron Bragman | February 3, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 BMW M3, M4: Up Close

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Formerly grouped under the M3 nameplate, the high-performance versions of BMW's compact sedan and coupe are now known as the M3 and M4, respectively. They share many styling cues inside and out in addition to a 425-horsepower, turbocharged inline-six engine, and the M3 and M4 bring a predictable aggressiveness to the cars' designs.

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The new M cars have gaping, sharply creased lower grilles that ratchet up the aggressiveness, but the design is a little tame compared to the giant grilles showing up on Audi and Lexus performance cars. Both M cars have a nice stance, and flared rear wheel arches hint at the power under the hood.

By Mike Hanley | January 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW M3, M4: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Audi RS 5 and several cars in the rumor mill
Looks like: The 3 and 4 Series with some aggressive additional bodywork
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with 425 hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

Witness the new M3 sedan and its M4 coupe sibling, which lop off two cylinders but add a whole heap of turbocharging. It had to happen, didn't it? Automakers — particularly the Germans — are swapping cylinders for turbos like displacement is the plague. The latest iterations of the Audi S8 and BMW M5 have dropped V-10s for turbo V-8s; even Mercedes-Benz downsized most of its AMG V-8s and added turbos.

By Kelsey Mays | December 12, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible Video

BMW's new 4 Series is essentially the convertible version of the brand's 3 Series, and it looks similar to BMW's new 4 Series coupe. The power-folding hardtop goes up or down in 20 seconds and works at speeds of less than 11 mph.

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Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says cargo volume isn't a 4 Series strong suit, but BMW says it's better than the outgoing 3 Series convertible. Watch the video for more. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

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