Driven: Is The 2023 BMW M4 Better With An Automatic?

Driven: Is The 2023 BMW M4 Better With An Automatic?



Though some reviewers find fault with the M4’s rubbery manual transmission, we still think it’s the best way to enjoy an M4. There is nothing else on the market comparable to the base M4, since the only three-pedal competitors are the Cadillac Blackwings, which have four doors.Sticking with the RWD manual car ($74,700 MSRP) saves $8,000 over the xDrive Competition, money we’d happily spend on a BMW Individual color like the Santorini Blue on our test car. Not only will other enthusiasts marvel at your color choice, but they will also commend you for picking the rarified manual option. From there, we’d keep the options simple with the Parking Assist Package for $700 and ventilated seats (skip the aggressive carbon buckets) for just $350; total cost for the manual M4 would break $80k, including destination.However, if you aren’t a big fan of the manual, we think xDrive is a compelling option on top of the Competition model. It offers quicker acceleration and more grip with no drawbacks. Simply being able to drive the car in the rain and snow with more confidence is worth $4,100 to us. Including the custom color, our xDrive tester rang in at $94,855 before destination. That sounds like a lot for an M4, but for supercar levels of performance, we think it’s fair.