The BMW M3 is one of the most iconic performance cars ever produced in the history of the automobile. It's the only car to have more motorsport titles than the Porsche 911, it’s loved by millions of people all over the world, and it’s been a benchmark for all touring cars for the last 30 years. In other words, the M3 is a tough act to follow, probably not unlike having to sing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" after Beyonce just finished singing the national anthem. Yet, that is pretty much what the BMW M4 has to do.
As daunting as that might be, M4 has been doing the job well so far and has been embraced by BMW fans and the aftermarket as the new touring coupe to beat. The prime example of its acceptance was the sheer volume of M4 at BimmerFest West 2016. Despite their high numbers, there were four (get it?) M4 in particular that really stood out above the rest. Let's take a closer look at them!
KOLAB AGENCY X VORSTEINER GTRS4 M4
I might be a little biased when it comes to this particular car due to the fact that it was put together by my friend Ernie Manasala, CEO of the KOLAB marketing agency. The parts list on this build reads like a "who's who" (or “what’s what,” as the case may be) of the industry; Rotiform, Meguiars, Pirelli, and Vorsteiner (who created the sick GTRS4 widebody kit) all put hands on Ernie's M4. I never get tired of looking at this thing!
BULLETPROOF AUTOMOTIVE VARIS WIDEBODY M4
This is probably one of the most JDM German cars you'll ever see. From the Varis widebody kit to the RunDuce brakes to the Volk Racing TE37s, it looks as if just about everything on this car was overnighted from Japan. I really dig the way it all comes together, and while some might disagree, I think the graphics are pretty rad. It all goes nicely with the hints of exposed carbon fiber that come through.
IAN FORD'S ALPINE WHITE M4
While not nearly as wild as the other cars in this article, Ian Ford's M4 is a great example of the "less is more" school of design. Ian is a regular on road rallies such as MEGARUN and Targa Trophy, so having a big wide body kit isn't all that practical. Instead Ian chose to use a combination of carbon fiber parts from the likes of APR and Vorsteiner to save some weight while adding a nice contrast to the "Alpine White" finish. If I had to make up a term to describe Ian's M4 I'd call it "tastefully aggressive," and yes I'm aware of the "send nudes" decal under the wing! I still say its tasteful, dammit!
IMPRESSIVE WRAP LIBERTY WALK M4
Sometimes people can get so crazy with their cars it’s hard not to appreciate it. Impressive Wrap's BMW looks like someone literally took a big sack full of about $30k in cash, threw it at an M4, and this is the result: a chrome red-lava like wrap, gold plated Savini Forged wheels, canards for days, and a wing that a group of 10 could eat dinner off of. This could be called "gaudy" or "overdone," but never "boring" – and that's why I like it!