When the BMW M3 and M4 debuted on Monday at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, it was to much fanfare and excitement. At that time, though, we were missing a big piece of the M3/M4 puzzle - the price.

According to a report from our roundel-obsessed friends at Bimmerfest, the four-door M3 will star at $62,000, while the M4 Coupe is priced at $64,200. Those prices do not include a $925 destination charge. That's a pretty significant jump over the $56,275 starting price of the old M3 Sedan and $59,275 starting price of the last M3 Coupe, although we'd argue that these cars should easily outpace their V8 counterparts in terms of overall performance. In other news, a six-speed manual will come standard, while the seven-speed M DCT will be an optional extra.

Bimmerfest also came up with a timeline for the M3 and M4's arrival. We should expect the official announcement of pricing, along with the full order guides, released near the end of this month or in early February. Production will kick off in March, while customers will be able to begin placing orders in late April. We'll get our first crack at both cars in June, with deliveries beginning later that month.

As for the validity of this info, we're told that the source Bimmerfest spoke to is very well informed and that there's every reason to believe this info. So, while this isn't fact until it comes from the mouth of BMW, we aren't prescribing any salt with this particular story.


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      marc adler
      • 11 Months Ago
      So add nav, heated seats, premium sound, sat radio, and these cars will be $70K to $75K.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @marc adler
        You forgot things like HIDs, $76k. And if you're a decent driver you'll have to add turn signals, $77k.
      no1bondfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Stingray will eat this thing for lunch.
        wickedsc300
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        I would hope so. If you honestly think they are competitors you're crazy. One is a small 2-seater the other is a luxury DD that does excellent track duty. And honestly if you do not compete competitively who cares which is faster? What racing series do you compete in that beating a 5 seat luxury car matters?
        nocommie11
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        Perhaps if the eating competition was in a trailer park and consisted of pickled pig's feet and half melted jello deserts.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        Yeah. Can't wait to go on long ride with 3 friends in that Vette.
        muspod
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        hmmm. Really?! A steel and aluminun german sports sedan/coupe that seats 4 VS a 2 seat rattletrap Plastic kit car made by GM Which one will last longer? go further? Worth more at resale?
          Andrew Ramos
          • 11 Months Ago
          @muspod
          Which one will last longer and go further? The one with the small block V8.
          superchan7
          • 11 Months Ago
          @muspod
          The Corvette will last longer and go further. Depreciation is comparable. Nice try to dismiss a "plastic kit car."
          HUMANMPC2000
          • 11 Months Ago
          @muspod
          What is aluminun ? It must be made by germen's !!
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 11 Months Ago
          @muspod
          @550PlusX5 Lol, you're right. I know I would suck handling such high performance vehicles on a track. At the end what matters most is how that car feels to you and not just some dumb numbers.
        404 not found
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        I'm not a middle aged balding male, so I'll go with the M3.
          macutty
          • 11 Months Ago
          @404 not found
          M3? So instead you must be a self absorbed, piss-poor driving ass hat?
        HUMANMPC2000
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        There is no doubt about it !!!
        550PlusX5
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        The only driver that will eating the other person's lunch is the driver that has more experience. No one with limited seat time at the track or autocross is going to notice any appreciable time difference, except maybe mentally masturbating with the back covers of Motor Trend while comparing 0-60 times between two cars that are neither owned by the person.. BTW: BMW M3's at the local autocrosses do just fine against the Z06's.. Heck, some miatas do better than M3's and Z06's.....
        TK
        • 10 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        They are very different cars. Can't really compare the two. Also, no one has really driven both yet, so you have no idea.
      Koenigsegg
      • 11 Months Ago
      could care less about engine specs and all that stuff, just look at that thing thats a beauty.
        The Wasp
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Congratulations -- you are BMW's target demographic.
      Agent55
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd still prefer the V8 version with its absurdly high redline and natural aspiration. It's simply a cooler car because of it.
      Big J
      • 11 Months Ago
      And when the 33k 2015 Mustang GT keeps pace with them on the street and track.....At least they will have that 30k badge to wipe their tears with.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big J
        The M cars were originally more hardcore and lightweight, designed for the track. This was back when BMW interiors were ho-hum and the 3 series wasn't really that comfy. So the M cars were very performance-oriented. Fanboys grew up hearing that the M3 was the fastest practical car to aspire to. Now that a Mustang (OK, just the limited Boss model) can best an M3's track times, do people care? Owners are mainly interested in "the fastest BMW I can buy" and not "how to dust everyone at Laguna Seca." Fanboys drooled over BMW M cars for decades, lamenting each evolution that added the luxury demanded by the owners.
        jtav2002
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big J
        At the end of the day, I'm going to go out on a limb and say and say most BMW owners won't give a sh*t whether or not a Mustang is faster than their car. Someone who could have afforded two Mustangs obviously WANTED the BMW and not a Mustang. I always laugh at the people who think a BMW will be crying when some **** in a Mustang tries to drag race them at a stop light. I like the Mustang as much as anyone else, but if I had the budget for an M car, it's what I'd buy.
          Jonathan
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jtav2002
          I agree with jtav- the guy buying the BMW won't care about the guy in the Mustang. Usually they are different demographics anyway. As far as all this track talk- very rarely is it possible to compare one car to another's track performance unless you get a professional driver to drive both cars on the same track within minutes of driving each other and on the same tires. Fat chance. At track- given relatively similar power/weight numbers on different cars, the better driver is faster. Heck- I've seen countless less expensive cars outrun vastly more expensive on the track due to driver skill differential.
        ihyln
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big J
        GT will most likely have 420HP and a lot less torque than the BMW. Of course that extra 33k buys you a nicer interior with better tech instead of a car rental interior. Either way you win by having a poor mans M4.
          ihyln
          • 11 Months Ago
          @ihyln
          Heads up display, better nav, email, bluetooth, and app integration. If you never had a heated steering wheel in the winter you don't know what you are missing. Also, please provide sources for 440HP. So far no one within Ford confirmed that number.
          ihyln
          • 11 Months Ago
          @ihyln
          Again with the "I think". All opinion. the ford sync is not even in the same league as the iDrive. I mean could you believe how awful the iDrive was in the beginning? Now, it's trivial to use and works without hiccups.
          Big J
          • 11 Months Ago
          @ihyln
          Actually most reviews say, after the significant software updates (like any software...even Apple products and BMW idrive) ,have rectified the software problems in myford touch. Check it out for yourself. Have you used it? Check the reviews if you don't believe me ( I am sure you won't). I am pretty sure BMW got sued in 2013 for their terrible navigation. Just because you want it to be better than myford touch, doesn't mean it is.
        1STH
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big J
        at least they won't be sitting in a cockpit made out of cheap rubber and fake metal.
          Big J
          • 11 Months Ago
          @1STH
          We won't be able to compare till both models are in production but I have no doubt the interior will be nicer in the M. Is it worth 30k for a nicer interior?
          The Wasp
          • 11 Months Ago
          @1STH
          Just a question -- between BMW and Ford, which brand sells more passenger vehicles with vinyl seats? I don't know, I'm genuinely curious.
        404 not found
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big J
        A stripped out LSX Miata for $12k would destroy both on the street and track. But now we're assuming people care, which is wrong.
          404 not found
          • 11 Months Ago
          @404 not found
          Boy, nothing gets past you.
          Big J
          • 11 Months Ago
          @404 not found
          Because an LSX miata is not stock. Try again.
      The Law
      • 11 Months Ago
      More like $84,000 with a few options.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 11 Months Ago
      I never understood why a coupe costs more than a sedan...
        knightrider_6
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Because it's BMW. Nothing they do makes sense.
          NamorF-Pro
          • 11 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Lmao! So true. I mean, why did they name a coupe an M4 and sedan an m3 if historically the m3 was originally a coupe? Makes no sense at all.
          Papi L-Gee
          • 11 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          With most cars, the pricing hierarchy goes (least to most expensive) sedan --> coupe --> convertible. it's not just BMW. (Sidenote: I have no idea where the wagon fits in)
        AnthonyL
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Sedans are generally developed first. So therefore additional R&D is needed to produce a coupe. Also, economies of scale come in to play since far more 3 series vehicles will be sold over 4 series. Both result in a higher cost per unit in production. Also, since the couple is more of a niche car, a higher premium can be charged.
          macutty
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AnthonyL
          My GTI 4 door was $1000 more than the 2 door because more parts and sheet metal. They charge more for the 2 door due to the marketing folks telling them the divorced mid-life crisis crowd (target market) will dump even more of Jr's college fund on a 2dr because he believes it will give him a better chance of taking a 20 something home from the club. Erroneously.
          The Wasp
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AnthonyL
          They have planned both from the get-go so it's not like it was 'additional' money to also make a coupe. Economies of scale may come into play a bit...but the 3 Series Gran Coupe Sedan and the GT model and the X3/4 kind of undermine the plain 4-door sedan, so it may not be as clear-cut as it once was.
        Bernard
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        At least with Infiniti the coupe gets more distinctive styling to warrant the higher price. BMW just swaps out the back and keeps everything else exactly the same completely wasting the styling opportunity of the coupe form.
          ThinkAboutIt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Bernard
          What's the ring time on your nissan(Infiniti) ? Does Infiniti even race let alone win any races ? Infiniti can't even decide on a naming scheme for their vehicles....
        John Hughan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Because people will pay a style tax. The Mercedes E and CLS are virtually identical in terms of manufacturing cost, but look at their MSRPs. And on the previous M3, the coupe had a few extras like standard fold-down rear seats, more accent lighting along the interior, a carbon fiber roof, and some other stuff I can't remember anymore. Now that it's officially a different series designation, there will probably be even more differences.
        JJ
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Exactly , with one exception that I can think of is the Aston Martin rapide, it seem the model that follows get a higher price.
      peeti
      • 11 Months Ago
      As an e90 owner I think this is a step backwards. Crazy high money for a tarted up 335 motor (yes yes, I know it's more than that - but in the end, same issues as 335 a la carbon build up). What's really sad though is that there is likely little to no bonus left in the ECU and it's not like you can put a turbo or supercharger on it - it's already got that. So getting these into the 600hp range isn't going to be an option as it is with the current v8. In the end, I thank BMW for increasing the value for our e9x M3s by releasing this. When it comes time for me to move on - I think another marquee may find its way into my garage. Yes, I'm somewhat saddened by that, but I'll be voting with my wallet.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @peeti
        Old model M3 owners always talk this BS at this stage in the game. The ones who can afford it will buy the new one when all the good press comes in(and it will, just wait) and the ones who can't afford it will continue to act disappointed to save face in their low fiancé vanity. It's that way it is and the way it's been.
        ihyln
        • 11 Months Ago
        @peeti
        I see a C63 AMG in your future. Perhaps even in mine. I resent selling my E90 M3.
        poopoohead100
        • 11 Months Ago
        @peeti
        With the new turbos and engine internals, it should be cheaper and easier to bring it into 600hp territory. It's too early to say, but I'd imagine it should be pretty tuner friendly. I think the bigger question is how will the steering feel?
      knightrider_6
      • 11 Months Ago
      LOL. They are overpriced by $30K
      Jon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Can't say I'm surprised, but I think the cost of ownership of this M3 is going to be the highest ever - just talk to 335 owners.
        ihyln
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jon
        That's better to keep the 335i riff raff out. It was tiring to hear their nonsensical babble about how the 335i was fast as a M3.
        jtav2002
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jon
        How many cars out there have gotten substantially cheaper over time? You can pretty much pick ANY vehicle sold today and say "well the cost of ownership for -insert vehicle here- owners is highest it's ever been.
          superchan7
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jtav2002
          @ The Wasp Right, it's marketing. Sure, I'll replace your 1994 Accord with a 2013. It's much bigger and safer, has a lot more toys, etc. Whether the buyer really needs that size is another question, one that a salesman could be fired for asking.
          Jon
          • 11 Months Ago
          @jtav2002
          I was merely referring to the cost of owning and servicing an NA V8 powered vehicle vs. a high-boost, twin turbo N55 based car, which have had notorious issues. I'm talking blown turbo seals, waste gate rattle, boost leaks, carbon sludge build-up, turbo bearing failure, and oil forced into every nook and cranny of the engine, including the inside of the intercooler.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't know, maybe it is just me but the new M3/M4 does not look as special and as badass as it did in the past, the 3 series in general. The E46 was still the best looking one by far.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Wider fenders, exclusive front and rear fascias, aero mirrors. Sounds about the same as M cars of yore.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        You saw the new M3/4 in person ?
        Eta Carinae
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Sounds like what cadillac is about to do with its "conservative" styled ATS coupe.......im glad there will be huge differentiation between the regular ones and the V's
      brian
      • 11 Months Ago
      Once you add the premium package and a few other options that the majority of buyers do, were looking at $70k most likely which is quite a bit for the performance you are getting out of this car. Especially since it looks nearly identical to the 335 with a sport package on it.
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