The Current series M3 and M4 have been amongst the best M series cars BMW have made so far, in our opinion.
But they have also been the most overproduced. A quick search on the Autotrader reveals 744 M4 in various guises for sale and rather less M3’s at around 200, for sale.
A £20000-25000 discount wasn’t unheard of when new, and that’s created a difficult market for just about anything used.
You basically got the choice of the standard M4 and the competition edition, which quickly became the go-to model.
It got a set of 20” wheels as standard, was slighly lowered and had 25bhp more. But other than a carbon kit you can easily have fitted by a dealer to any model there’s no much to visually separate one-car from the next.
So when BMW came to make a celebration model it needed to step up to the mark.
In the past, these special run out models usually have a gesture more BHP, a bit more sporting suspension and a few unique styling features. But seeing as that already pretty much describes the competition edition, we were interested to see what BMW was going to do this time to make the special edition special enough to appeal to the enthusiasts.
It gets the same engine tune as the competition pack cars so that’s 450hp from the twin-turbo straight-six.and the 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in a star spoke design are finished in Orbit Grey matt.
The interior of each car is tuned to the exterior colour choice,so you get full Merino M leather seats in a bicolour design. Each seat colour is coordinated with the exterior paint and is contrast stitched to match. For example, the Imola Red Edition models feature a Bicolour Red and Black interior, which is complemented by exclusive red and yellow contrast stitching.
Exclusive Carbon Fibre Detail
The carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof has a striking decorative strip in the BMW M colours and those colours are followed through and incororated into the weave of unique carbon fibre interior trim.
Both the interior trim and door sills also feature emblems with the imprints ‘Edition /// M Heritage’ and ‘1/750’ and the lettering is also embossed in turquoise, orange or red respectively and also carried through to stitched emblems the front driver and passenger seat headrests.
Interestingly you can have your Heritage edition with the same optional extra package as the rest of the range.
For Example, the Ultimate Package For The M4 costs an additional £4,300 and comprises Of;
– BMW Icon Adaptive Headlights
– Comfort Access with smart-opener
– Driving Assistant
– Extended storage
– High-beam Assistant
– Lane Change Warning
– Loudspeaker system – harman/kardon
– M Head-up Display
– Reversing Assist camera
– Speed Limit Display
– Steering wheel heating
– Sun protection glass
We would also choose the FULL CARBON EXTERIOR PACK* as fitted to this Imola red car below, at £3000 its good value and makes the cars stand out from the crowd. As bonus it’s fitted at the dealer, so its never too late to change your mind.
The BMW M4 Heritage is priced from £70200 just £5000 more than the standard competition edition it’s based upon.
Ok, so dynamically the cars no different to the competition models but then BMW has never made that much effort to raise the performance of its ltd editions, arguably the rear-wheel-drive cars have reached the limit of usable power VS traction anyway as on a damp surface the M4 and M3 are notorious for lighting up the traction control light out of any tight bend.
But the unique carbon roof, seats and wheels do make the car stand out , and the limit of 75 should help residuals, something BMW has certainly not helped of late.
BMW M4 Heritage Edition Performance, Facts and Figures
3.0-Liter I-6 Turbocharged
M TwinPower Turbo technology with two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Fuel Injection, fully variable valve timing (VALVETRONIC) and variable camshaft control (Double-VANOS)
Output (HP @ RPM)
444 @ 5500–7300
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)
406 @ 1,850–5,500
Seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission
Acceleration (0-60 MPH)