BMW is preparing its new M4 for a debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, and the final testing stages have apparently involved many, many laps of the Nürburgring. The only problem is, the two-door track star appears to have a case of the waggly tail, as spotted by a spy videographer. Generally, the serious nature of testing limits these sorts of shenanigans, but don't tell the test driver that.

Besides some tail-happy fun, this video is one of our first indicators of what the M4 will end up sounding like. There's certainly some classic BMW in that exhaust note, and it's fairly obvious from the upshifts that this particular car is equipped with a dual-clutch transmission. That fits with the rumors that the production car will go the way of Ferrari and the Porsche 911 GT3, by ditching the clutch pedal. Take a look down below for the video from Germany.


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does Autoblog keep insisting that the M4 will not have a manual despite every other source saying it will? If you can get an M% with it in the US I doubt it's excluded from the 3/4 as that would make zero sense.
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MJC
        I know, they can't be bothered to use Google for 10 minutes to find the multiple confirmations from BMW M officials that it will be offered with a manual?
      Snig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wrong, wrong, wrong. M3 and M4 prototypes are also testing with manual transmissions as well.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      No third pedal, no care. Quite honestly thats what matters for me, its the fun to drive factor. I can't drive balls to the walls fast around here, its about handling and the expierience of hitting the proper line matched with proper down and up shifts.
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        It will come with a manual, the head of the M division has confirmed it, Autoblog writers just can't be bothered to do any research.
        David
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Presumably it's the Playstation crowd that is voting your comment down . . . agree with you 100%.
        SPhilp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Paddles are faster, more efficient, and if I'm feeling tired/lazy I can let the car do it for me. Sure they aren't as connected or fun, but they are better all around for a daily driver. If you have a second car that's just for fun/track, of course it should be manual if possible (super cars seem to be ditching them).
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SPhilp
          Well robots are faster and more efficient than humans, but does that mean you want to be a robot? No. You can skip gears in a manual if you're really lazy; I do 3rd to 5th sometimes because I have the torque. You can't skip gears with a sequential manual, hence the name - sequential.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do they still have camp in it? It is going to look exactly like the 4 series, which is a copy-paste of all other BMW models.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they come up with a car that can handle ether than a mustang. If they would try to reign in the weight from 3500. It might help fix the poor handling of the old m3. 500-600 hp seems to be appropriate for a 70k coupe and it sounds like this will possibly be the lowest power at its price? And the interior just doesn't hold up to porsche interior at all, for the same amount of money.
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Are you trying to say, \"Hopefully will handle better than a Mustang?\" My friend, you are very uninformed. Every Mustang driver that\'s been in my plain ol\' 3-series coupe was amazed at how well it drove, without sounding like it was going to fall apart and its no slouch either. The days of measuring performance by HP alone are long gone...
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        The M3 handles better than the Mustang, probably even in Boss 302 guise. The laptimes are very similar but the M3 is down a little on "usable" power compared to the Coyote engine. Randy Pobst, who is a big Mustang fan, was forced to admit that it has poor dampers in comparison to the M3 in one of his video reviews. There is more to handling than numbers anyway. A Lotus Elise has worse skidpad, slalom and laptime numbers than a Mustang GT but that does not capture the feel or driving dynamics of the car. Mustangs, even new ones, have relatively poor driving dynamics. This is why the 370Z is less than the sum of its parts as well and why the BRZ is so lauded.
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Find me a new Porsche for the same amount of money and compare the power then. Cayman S with options easily reaches $80k now and has 325 hp. Base 911 has 350 hp and starts at $84k but will reach $100k+ easily with just a few options.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting. Pretty sure I saw Clarkson "power sliding" an FS-R on Top Gear. If this is the feature the cool kids want in cars these days, save the $60K and get the Scion. Or a Fiat 500 and spray your local roads with water and soap. Dunno why this M4 clip is making the news. M = marginal.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yay
      Eric Park
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fear not, friends. The M3 and M4, for at least another few years, will be offered with a manual transmission. Yes, everything I read about it before this article suggested it would be offered with only DCT. Granted, I can't afford a manual M3 or M4, but its existence just makes the world a much happier place. http://www.roadandtrack.com/go/future-cars/future-car-news/go-news-future-car-news-bmw-m4-will-have-manual-transmission
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