BMW 4 Series M Sport-3

Although not as flamboyant as the M Performance car, we’re sure you’ll agree the BMW 4 Series M Sport still looks a right treat, especially in this cool Estoril Blue shade.

Fitting, really, as it was on display at the famed Estoril race track in Portugal (along with the M Performance car) during the international press drive event of the new BMW 4 Series.

Specifiable on the 428i and 435i (and future xDrive derivatives), the M Sport package bestows the svelte coupe with upgraded suspension and brakes, plus a bodykit consisting of front apron, rear bumper, rear diffuser and side skirts.

Wheels are 18s or optional 19s, both twin-spoke lightweight alloy jobs. The rear diffuser insert is trimmed in Dark Shadow metallic, while the kidney grille and Air Breather (what BMW calls those side gills) get high-gloss black Shadow Line trim from the BMW Individual catalogue.

The Air Breather can also be had in body colour or, in combination with the window surrounds, in satinated aluminium. The tailpipes are dressed in high-gloss chrome.

Step inside the BMW 4 Series M Sport and you’ll be greeted by cloth and Alcantara sports seats that feature stitching and blue highlights. Of course, there’s the three-spoke M steering wheel (without Race Display). On the door sills are M cover strips, above your head is anthracite BMW Individual headlining and under your left shoe sits a bespoke footrest.

The high-gloss black centre console is contrasted by red chronoscales and contrast ring on the speedometer and rev counter, and by chrome surrounds on the air-con and radio controls. Self-shifters get a shortened gear lever with the M logo and a Nappa leather gaiter. Sadly, this car was locked too, preventing us from bringing you a clear photo of the interior.

A variety of options are offered for the dashboard and door card trim strips – you can have Aluminium Hexagon with Estoril Blue matt accents, high-gloss black or Fine Brushed Aluminium. Ambient Light and Welcome Light are also among the highlights.