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2014 BMW M4 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car

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431 hp 406 lb-ft 4 s n/a
Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Engine Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Type I6, Twin-Turbo Length 183.9 in (4671 mm)
Displacement 182 cu in (2979 cc) Width 73.6 in (1870 mm)
Power 431 hp (317 kW) @ 5500 rpm Height 54.4 in (1383 mm)
Torque 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) @ 1850-5500 rpm Weight 3554 lb (1612 kg)
Redline 7500 rpm Performance
Electric Power n/a 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 4 s (4.1 s)
Electric Torque n/a 1/4 mile n/a
Net Power n/a 60-0 Braking n/a
Driveline Top Speed n/a
Layout Rear Wheel Drive Fuel Economy
Transmission EPA Fuel Mileage - City n/a
Type 7 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic EPA Fuel Mileage - HWY n/a
Tires Origin & Price
Tire Size - Front 255/40 ZR18 Manufacturer's Origin Germany
Tire Size - Rear 275/40 ZR18 Base Price n/a
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BMW Selects New M4 Coupe as 2014 MotoGP Safety Car

Published: Tue Mar 18, 2014 by Marko P.  |  Source: BMW M
The BMW M4 Safety Car features many 
BMW M Performance Parts, such as the titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system 
with carbon finishers, which is being used for the first time.
The BMW M4 Safety Car features many BMW M Performance Parts, such as the titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers, which is being used for the first time.

2014 will be the first year in which BMW will use the all-new M4 Coupe with M performance accessories as the MotoGP Safety Car.

The high-performance sports car will make its debut as Safety Car at the opening round on 23rd March in Qatar, when it will be responsible for safety in the name of BMW M GmbH. As with all the official MotoGP cars - the 2014 fleet consists of five different BMW models - the BMW M4 Coupé combines a well-balanced overall concept with captivating aesthetics.

Like its sister model, the BMW M3 Limousine, the new BMW M4 Coupé arrives with racing genes. The new model's final examination consisted of thousands of laps of the iconic Nurburgring-Nordschleife. Among the examiners were BMW DTM drivers Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler.

Developed completely from scratch, the six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower turbo technology and high-revolution concept generates a maximum torque of 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) at a top output of 431 hp. In doing so, it exceeds the peak value of its predecessor, the BMW M3, by approaching 40 per cent. The BMW M4 Coupé accelerates from nought to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.

Made for the Track

This car was designed for ultimate driving dynamics and to be used on the racetrack. Proof of this comes in the form of the innovative cooling system and the fact that it weighs 170 lbs (80 kilograms) less than its predecessor, thanks to the consistent use of lightweight materials. For example, the roof is made of carbon.

Numerous BMW M Performance Parts

As with all Safety Cars, the team at the BMW M factory modified the BMW M4 Coupé for its outings at the racetrack and its role at the head of a field of racing motorcycles. In order to achieve this, the BMW M4 Safety Car also features many BMW M Performance Parts, such as the titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishers, which is being used for the first time, a BMW M Performance black front grille, BMW M Performance front splitter with blade, a BMW M Performance rear diffusor and BMW M Performance carbon rear spoiler. BMW M Performance carbon mirror caps and BMW M Performance side skirts optimize the appearance and aerodynamic properties of the Safety Car.

The BMW M Performance steering wheel with race display at 12 o'clock, made of Alcantara for extra grip, creates a racing-inspired atmosphere in the cockpit. The cover on the gear lever of the double-clutch transmission is made of carbon, while the area around the lever is made of carbon and Alcantara. The handbrake is also a mixture of carbon and Alcantara. Stainless steel pedals and corresponding stainless steel footrests are also used in the Safety Cars, as are BMW M Performance foot mats. The bonnet has a motorsport lock, while the RECARO racing seat and Schroth belts provide the necessary comfort and safety while seated. LED lights on the front apron, LED lights on the roof, and the striking livery ensure that this high-performance car is unmistakably a Safety Car.

Other 2014 MotoGP Safety Cars

The BMW M3 Limousine and BMW M5 Limousine are also used as Safety Cars. The Safety Officer takes to the track in a modified BMW M6 Coupé.

Two BMW M550d xDrive Tourings are used as Medical Cars. One of these cars will also be present at all the overseas races for the first time, thus enhancing the level of safety in the MotoGP.

Two BMW Safety Bikes complete the fleet of official vehicles. The BMW HP4 - BMW's 1000 cc supersports bike - will once again assume this role.

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