The BMW M4 M Heritage Edition will be making its way to Australia in extremely limited numbers.
Well, at least that’s what we’re calling it. The car’s official title is the BMW M4 Edition ///M Heritage but that makes no sense so forgive us for using a bit of licence.
Limited to 750 units worldwide, just six examples will arrive Down Under in early 2020 priced at $167,529 before on-road costs, an $11,000 premium over the M4 Competition on which it is based.
The mechanicals remain the same: a 331kW/550Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo six, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rear-wheel drive with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and 20-inch ‘666 M’ star spoke alloy wheels, finished here in Orbit Grey.
What differentiates the M Heritage Edition is its colour palette, with three hues available from BMW’s Individual range that “embody BMW’s rich and prosperous motorsport tradition”. Each is matched to an interior colour scheme.
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Edition 1 is Laguna Seca Blue with grey/black upholstery and contrasting turquoise stitching; Edition 2 is a darker Velvet Blue, again with grey/black upholstery with Velvet Blue/orange stitching; finally, Edition 3 is Imola Red II with red/black upholstery and red-yellow stitching.
All models are fitted with carbon fibre trim featuring M colours, ‘1/750’ lettering on the dash and door sills, embroidered headrests and a carbon roof with a decorative M stripe.
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While not pitched as such, the M Heritage Edition will be somewhat of a last hurrah for the F82 M4, with the controversial BMW Concept 4, revealed at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the new 4 Series.
The two-door version of the current G30 3 Series is expected to appear in 2020, along with the new M3 and, presumably, the M4. Production of the F80 M3 ended in August 2018 as re-homologating it under the new WLTP emissions regulations didn’t make sense at the end of its lifecycle, but the M4 lived on with the installation of a petrol particulate filter.