Despite its questionable exterior styling, the G82 generation BMW M4 Competition represents a significant step on from its predecessor. Thanks to the team over at Sport Auto, we now have a chance to see the new car prove itself on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With test driver Christian Gebhardt at the wheel, the sports coupe posted an impressive lap time of just 7 minutes 30.79 seconds.
Cracking into the 7:30s is a great accomplishment for the new M4, but it isn’t the fastest time we’ve seen yet from the German sports coupe. The previous F82 generation M4 in GTS guise was capable of throwing down a ludicrously quick 7-minute 28-second lap. The more mild CS model was even capable of a time of 7 minutes 38 seconds. Regardless, the new G82 model looks well poised to best even the previous GTS’ figures as higher performance variants trickle out over the coming years.
A lap time in the mid-sevens also puts the new BMW M4 Competition right in line with some of the top-flight track cars of years past. The time is quick enough to mirror that of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, as well as the 997 generation Porsche 911 GT2. Not bad company to be in, particularly when the new BMW is significantly down on power compared to either of those vehicles. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter S58 inline-six powering the M4 Competition is rated at 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, and comes exclusively mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Camaro on the other hand makes 650 hp from its supercharged LT4 V-8, while the GT2’s turbocharged flat-six works with 523 hp. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.