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The BMW M4 channels the company’s heritage of high-performance coupes. From the E30 M3 to the Z4 M Coupe, the brand has a history of racy two-doors. Whether on the street or circuit, these versatile rides have power and handling to spare. They really are the ultimate driving machines. While the M4‘s standout features include a twin-turbo engine and aggressive styling, there’s one that goes under the radar: the seats. Though comfortable, supportive seats are nice, this sports coupe takes both to the max for unrivaled performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 BMW M4 and its sculpted seats.

2023 BMW M4 sculpted seats: legit race car hardware

If you’ve ever been to an auto race or track event, you might’ve noticed the highly bolstered seats in high-performance cars. Enveloping the driver with thick padding and fitting like a glove, they provide tight support in corners and enhance safety. They also look amazing, with visible carbon-fiber shells. What if you could get that on a street car?

You can. The 2023 BMW M4’s optional M Carbon Bucket Seats feature a sculpted design for track-day support and everyday comfort. And with dramatic folds and bolsters, they look straight off a race car.

As a $4,500 option, the M Carbon Bucket Seats aren’t cheap. But they’re worth it. Spirited driving involves quick direction changes and high-G’s. Like a jet pilot, you need extra hold to keep you in place. Not only that, but carbon construction reduces weight, and the design enhances long-distance comfort.

Outstanding features and highlights

BMW’s M Division knows performance. With each successive generation, its vehicles improve, setting new standards for production car dynamics. But these cars aren’t just track-day specials — they also have everyday versatility for the modern driver. The new M4 continues that philosophy.

Central to the M4 is its twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline 6 with 473 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. A driver-centric six-speed manual is standard. Feeling racy? Go for the Competition model with 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Or, the limited edition CSL is even stronger, at 543 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Both models use an eight-speed auto.

A classic rear-wheel drive layout is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Adaptive dampers adjust to driving conditions for tailored handling and comfort. Various drive mode settings let you tailor the experience, from exhaust sounds to throttle response.

Outside, the M4 is muscular and sleek, with prominent creases, styled vents, and a huge kidney grille. Staggered wheels create a strong stance. And a sloping carbon roof is functional and cool.

Like any BMW, the M4’s interior blends upscale luxury and ample tech. Carbon trim and metal accents make for a high-performance vibe. A 14.9-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge display are high-tech and functional. And the thick, padded steering wheel seems ready for track days.

What do the 2023 BMW M4 configurations look like?

For 2023, BMW offers the M4 in several trims. As upscale performance coupes, they carry commensurate price tags. Let’s take a look.

2023 BMW M4 trims consist of the following (prices including destination):

• Coupe: $75,695

• Competition Coupe: $79,595

• Competition Convertible: $90,695

• CSL: $140,895

The Coupe brings plenty to the table with its powerful turbo inline 6, six-speed manual, and rear-wheel drive. That brings classic performance dynamics to go along with the M4’s subtle German style.

Moving up to the Competition coupe raises horsepower and adds optional AWD. Performance is astounding, with Car and Driver recording a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.

The Competition convertible adds open-air fun to your high-speed thrills.

But the real story is the limited production CSL model, with bespoke hardware and reduced weight. BMW achieved a 190-lb weight loss with a titanium exhaust, removal of the rear seats, and reduced sound insulation. Michelin Cup 2 tires provide a next-level stick. The top speed is a lofty 191 mph.

The 2023 BMW M4 is a high-performance coupe with daily-driver versatility. Though it has top-end hardware throughout, its sculpted seats may seem like a small detail. But they’re amazing. With racecar-like construction and support, the M Carbon bucket seats are worth every penny.


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